About the PTA

What is PTA (Parent-Teacher Association)?

PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the United States. Every member of Pearsontown PTA is also a member of the Durham Council of PTAs, the North Carolina PTA, and the National PTA.

The National PTA works closely with other national education and health agencies and organizations, advocating policies for children’s rights to better education, health and welfare. It provides programs, publications, videos and training to state and local PTAs.

The mission of the PTA is:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

How Do You and Your Child/Children Benefit from the PTA?

PTAs benefit everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTAs improve children’s well-being. PTAs focus on what students need to successful in their learning, including proper nutrition, safety, and healthy environments. PTAs support education through active participation and advocacy. PTAs help parents navigate the local educational system to become effective advocates for their children. PTAs keep parents informed. Involved parents can understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. Children of involved parents also exhibit increased motivation, better self-esteem, less drug and alcohol use, and fewer instances of violent behavior. Those great benefits come from parent involvement, a major focus of the PTA. The number one benefit of PTA membership is the ability to help your children.

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Pearsontown Elementary Elected Officers (Officer Information Summarized from the NC PTA Bylaws):

The only elected officers of this local PTA shall be a president, one or more vice president(s), a secretary, and a treasurer. No PTA member shall serve in more than one elected position at a time. Upon taking office, each elected officer must be a member of this local PTA.

Officers who will serve for the coming fiscal year shall be elected at the last general membership meeting of the fiscal year; these officers will assume office on July 1 and serve until the following June 30.

The nominating committee shall nominate a slate of eligible candidates for election as officers of this local PTA. In addition to the individuals nominated by the nominating committee, nominations from the floor will be allowed.

President

  • Presides at all meetings of the general membership and the board of directors at which he/she may be present.
  • Coordinates the work of the officers, the board and the committees of this local PTA.
  • Performs such other duties as may be provided for by these bylaws or assigned to him/her by this local PTA or by the board of directors.
  • Signs all contracts of this local PTA that have been approved by the board.
  • Acts as an ex officio voting member of all committees except the nominating

Vice President(s)

  • Performs duties requested by the president and the board of directors. In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice president, or the vice presidents acting together if there is more than one, shall assume the duties of the president until a new president is elected.

Secretary 

  • Records the minutes of all meetings of the general membership and the board of directors and shall perform such other delegated duties as may be assigned by the board of directors.
  • Maintains a file of important documents related to that local PTA, including but not limited to: articles of incorporation of this local PTA, the current uniform local bylaws approved by NCPTA and adopted by this local PTA, the current standing rules of this local PTA, minutes of past meetings of the general membership and board of directors, copy of the official membership roster, a current roster of board members, a current roster of all committee members and chairs, legal documents, including but not limited to insurance policies and contracts, current and past tax returns, and current and past audit reports.  At the end of his/her term, the secretary shall transfer this file of important documents to his/her successor as secretary.

Treasurer

  • Collects, deposits and maintains all funds of this local PTA in approved depositories.
  • Disburses funds in accordance with the annual budget adopted by this local PTA, and maintain records identifying the purpose and payee of all disbursements.
  • Maintains a current record of income, expenditures, assets and liabilities of this local PTA.
  • Makes all financial records available for inspection and review by the audit committee.
  • Presents a financial report of income and expenses at each meeting of the general membership and the board of directors, which report shall compare current income and expenditures to the approved budget.
  • Remits dues to NCPTA.
  • Prepares a year-end financial report by June 30 showing the total income and expenditures for the fiscal year, comparing those figures with the budget approved at the beginning of the fiscal year, and the assets and liabilities of the local PTA, and submit that report to the incoming president, treasurer and audit committee.
  • Files all required tax forms and reports in a timely manner, including but not limited to tax returns for the previous fiscal year, and submit copies of all such filings to the secretary of this local PTA.
  • At the end of his/her term, transfers all financial records to the audit committee by July 1.
  • Provides assistance to the audit committee upon request.

NCPTA Member Benefits and Opportunities

NCPTA teams up with businesses committed to supporting PTA’s mission of serving all children by offering our members special discounts and other unique opportunities.  See the latest discounts here.

The objectives of the North Carolina PTA are:

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home,
    school, community, and place of worship.
  • To raise the standards of home life.
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection
    of children and youth.
  • To bring into closer relations the home and the school,
    that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently
    in the education of children and youth.
  • To develop between educators and the general public
    such united efforts as well as secure for all children
    and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental,
    social, and spiritual educations.

Remember, what you get from the PTA depends on how much you:

  • Participate in programs
  • Vote on PTA issues and PTA officer elections
  • Learn what is available to you from your local, state
    and national PTA.
  • Encourage your PTA to conduct programs helpful to you
    and your children.