It has been brought to my attention that Huntsville City Schools central office (read: Wardynski) has decided to ask that individual schools’ PTAs submit their monthly financial reports to Mr. Jason Taylor the CSFO for Huntsville City Schools for review.
If this is happening at your school, you should encourage your PTA leadership to respectfully but firmly decline.
The PTA is a completely separate organization. It is not a part of the school nor the school system. There are absolutely no financial ties between a school’s PTA and the school; thus, there are absolutely no financial ties between a school’s PTA and the district the school is located in.
HCS is not responsible for the finances of the PTA. And frankly, HCS has no right to ask to review the finances of the PTA. (I cannot even begin to imagine why they would WANT to do this. Reviewing the individual schools’ PTA’s financials would make them responsible for those financials.)
Please, PTA leadership keep the following ideas in mind from the National PTA’s Finance Quick Reference Guide.
“Note: All PTA monies and other assets, including checking accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, are the property of the PTA” (7).
“Since the PTA is an independent, private association, all monies raised from the local per-capita portion of dues and through additional efforts and other assets, including checking accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, are the property of the local PTA” (10).
The PTA is a completely separate organization from Huntsville City Schools. The district has no right nor responsibility to review the PTAs financial statements. That is the sole right and responsibility of the PTA itself.
Please tell the district leadership that we thank them for their interest and support, but if they wish to review the PTA’s financials they can do so at the National PTA site. Here’s the link to the PTA’s audits for the past eight years.
If the Huntsville Council of PTAs wishes to remain a separate viable voice for Parents and Teachers, they will openly and directly decline this request on behalf of the city’s PTAs. If they do not do so, well, that makes it abundantly clear who they actually represent.