PTO Bylaws

Mahtomedi Elementary Schools PTO-ISD 832
Adapted and approved on May 12, 2016

 I. NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Mahtomedi Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (hereinafter PTO).

II. PURPOSE
The purpose of the PTO is to:  
1) Facilitate communication among parents, and serve as a liaison between parents, teachers and school staff; 
2) Raise funds for programs and activities that benefit the Mahtomedi Elementary school community; 
3) Recruit volunteers for PTO sponsored activities and Mahtomedi Elementary school sponsored activities; and
4) Maintain a relationship with leadership organizations in ISD 832; working with these organizations on issues of common interest.

III. MEMBERS
All parents and/or legal guardians of students who currently attend Mahtomedi Elementary Schools (whether in district or open enrolled) and all current faculty and staff are considered PTO members (hereinafter General Members).

IV. POLICIES 
a. Political Issues.  The PTO will not support particular candidates or specific ballot topics for election. The PTO may communicate with and educate parents on issues affecting them.
b. Educational Issues.  The PTO will not become involved in personal matters between parents, teachers and/or principals.  The PTO may discuss educational issues brought forth by members.
c. Allocation of Funds.  PTO shall use its funds towards items and or programs that benefit all or most students.  The Executive Board and/or General Members shall vote on any exceptions at Monthly or Special Meetings.  The PTO will not fund school staff positions due to liability issues and conflicts of interests.

V. EXECUTIVE BOARD
a. Membership.  The Executive Board shall consist of six officers.  The officers shall be a President, President-Elect, Correspondence Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Past Officer.
b. Duties.  The Executive Board shall manage the affairs, funds, activities and operation of the organization.  It may create or dissolve standing or special committees, approve the plans and work of such committees, create or dissolve standing rules and policies, present reports and recommendations at Monthly Meetings, prepare and submit a budget to the membership for approval, and, in general, conduct the business and activities of the organization.  Specific duties for the Executive Board shall be defined in the operational Roles and Duties provisions attached. The Executive Board Officer Roles and Duties may be adjusted at any time as determined by the Executive Board.  No vote is required unless there are conflicting opinions, in which normal voting procedures apply.
 
 VI. MEETINGS
a.  Monthly Meetings.  The PTO Executive Board shall convene monthly working sessions.  Meetings may be cancelled in months in which there is no school business.  All PTO General Members are welcome to attend. 
b. Special Meetings.  Upon five days notice, the President, or any two members of the Executive Board, or five General Members submitting a written request to the Executive Board may call a Special Meeting.  Notice to all PTO members (Executive Board and General) must immediately follow. 
c. Quorum.  Three Executive Board members present at a properly called Monthly Meeting or Special Meeting constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and are entitled to take action on behalf of the organization.
d. Voting.  All Executive Board and General Members present at Monthly Meetings or a Special Meeting have a right to vote on issues at hand. Unless otherwise noted, a majority vote is required to take action on behalf of the organization.  In the event of a tie, the Past Officer vote will be null and void.
e.  ‘PTO Presents’ Sessions.  The PTO shall organize at least two public presentations (PTO Presents) during the school year at any District 832 building.  The Executive Board will set the time and place of the meetings.  The President shall notify all General Members of these meetings at least seven days in advance via the weekly electronic message and the PTO website.  

VII. OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS
a. Nominations.  Nominations for open officer positions must be made at the second to last Monthly Meeting of the school year, typically in April.
b. Elections.  Elections will be held at the last Monthly Meeting of the school year, typically in May.  All Executive Board and General PTO Members present at the meeting may participate in the election.  Voting shall be by voice vote.  Any contested election shall be by written ballot. A majority of the votes cast by members present shall determine the election.   
c. Terms of Office.  Officers are elected for a one-year term beginning in June and ending the following May, with the exception of the past Treasurer who shall transition in July at the end of the fiscal year.  In the event of a vacancy for President-Elect, the Executive Board will appoint/elect a President. Terms may, but need not, be consecutive, with the exception that a person may not be elected as President more than 2 terms, consecutively.
d. Eligibility.  Any General Member is eligible for office.  With the exception of the offices of President and President-Elect, a person may be elected to the same or other office for more than one term. 
e. Vacancies.  The Executive Board, for the remaining portion of any term, shall fill any vacancy in office due to death, resignation or inability to serve.  Should a vacancy occur in the office of the President, however, the President-Elect shall immediately assume that office.
f. Removal from Office.  Members may remove an officer from the Executive Board with or without cause by a two-thirds vote of those present at Monthly or Special meeting.

VIII. FINANCES
a. Budget.  At the second to last Monthly Meeting of the school year, typically April, the current Executive Board will present a proposed budget for the subsequent school year.  At the next Monthly Meeting membership shall either amend or approve the proposed budget. Once approved, the budget shall guide the activities of the Executive Board during the subsequent year.  Funded Requests may be submitted to the Board for supplemental funding, but must abide by Voting rules.  Voting rules also apply to any substantial deviation from the approved budget.  
b. Obligations.  The Executive Board may authorize any officer or chairperson to enter into contracts or agreements for the purchase of materials or services on behalf of the organization.  The PTO does not have the authority to enter into such agreements on behalf of Mahtomedi Elementary Schools.
c. Loans.  No loans will be made by the organization to its officers or members.
d. Transaction of Funds.  The Treasurer will deposit all funds of the organization in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Executive Board may select and shall make disbursements as authorized by the Executive Board in accordance with the budget approved by the Membership.  The Treasurer and President will sign tax returns, all checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money on behalf of the organization.  All deposits and/or disbursements will be made within 30 days from the receipt of the funds and/or orders of payment.
e. Financial Report.  The Treasurer shall present a financial report at Monthly Meetings of the organization and shall prepare a final Budget Report at the end of fiscal year, in July. The Executive Board reserves the right to have the report and the accounts biennially examined by an auditor or an informal audit committee, who, if satisfied that the report is correct, shall sign a statement of that fact at the end of the report. 

IX. COMMITTEES
a. Membership.  Committees may consist of General Members and/or Executive Board Members, with the President or President –Elect acting as an ex- officio member of all committees.
b. Standing Committees.  The Executive Board will determine Standing Committees.  One or two PTO members of a Standing Committee may serve as Chairperson(s) of the committee and shall be responsible for recruiting members for his or her committee.  The Chairperson shall report the plans and activities of the committee to the President or Executive Board annually at a Monthly Meeting; which must approve all such reports. The Committee Chair is responsible for abiding by the budget parameters set forth in the annually approved PTO Budget.
c. Special Committees.  The President and/or Executive Board may create Special Committees as needed.

X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern meetings when they are not in conflict with the organization’s Bylaws.

XI. DISSOLUTION
Upon the organization’s dissolution, any remaining funds shall be distributed in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 317A governing nonprofit corporations.

XII. AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended with notice of the proposed amendment(s) given at the second to last Monthly Meeting, typically in April.  A two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at the last Monthly Meeting of the school year, typically in May, is required to amend.  

XIII. AUTHORITY
If any part of these Bylaws conflict with the decisions, policies or procedures adopted by the Mahtomedi School Board, they shall be deemed null and void and the decision of the Mahtomedi School Board shall, in all cases, take precedent.
 
  

Mahtomedi Elementary Schools PTO-ISD 832


Executive Board Officer Roles and Duties


President:  The President shall coordinate the work of the officers and committees to promote the organization’s objectives.  The President will communicate on a regular basis with the principals and school staff.  The President will help prepare the annual budget and taxes and co-sign checks/taxes with the Treasurer. The President will plan each monthly, business meeting and/or presentation meeting, prepare the agendas, communicate/advertise with families/staff and preside at all meetings.  The President shall contact interested volunteers and keep record of possible new volunteers on Volunteer Contact sheet in Google Drive. The President will maintain web-site pages including but not limited to:  Welcome, PTO Needs You, Volunteer Interest Form, Officer Nominations and Bylaws. Officer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization.
 
President- Elect:  The President-Elect will assist the President and, in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President.  The President-Elect, after having served for one year, shall automatically become the President of the organization.Duties include assisting the President and learning committee functioning to make transitions easier. Monitor and maintain the current year’s Strategic Calendar and its web page.  In the spring, prepare the next year’s Strategic Calendar including: standing committees, staffing committee chairs, define committee’s strategic dates with co-chairs, and reserving facilities on behalf of the committee chairs.  Officer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization. 


Correspondence Secretary:  The Correspondence Secretary will take leadership of all newsletters/articles and e-news.  The Welcome Back to School letter shall be planned with the Executive Board in May or June and submitted to each secretary by July 15 (or when the secretaries prefer). In the event of the creation of a paper take home sheet and/or new web page of PTO events and meetings, Correspondence Secretary shall prepare copy and distribute sheet to families and school staff.  Officer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization.

Recording Secretary:  The Recording Secretary will record, share and offer approval for any and/or all meeting minutes including action items needed for each Officer. The Recording Secretary will support any/all meetings by reserving facilities, updating the Meeting Schedule web page, entering on the Google Calendar and ‘inviting’ the necessary guests including reminders. The Recording Secretary will provide any relevant documents needed to facilitate meetings including but limited to: minutes, Bylaws, and budget reports. The Recording Secretary shall update web site pages including but not limited to: Board & Committees, Open Positions, Meeting Schedule, Meeting Minutes and will update PTO Google Calendar as needed. Officer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization.
 
Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the organization, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, andpay out funds in accordance with the approved Budget and/or an approved Funding Request from School Administration or staff. The Treasurer will present, research and communicate all details included in a Funding Request to the Executive Board as well as communicate decisions and/or questions to the inquiring party. The Treasurer shall present a written or verbal financial report at each Monthly Meeting and/or at other times as requested by the Executive Board. The Treasurer will update and maintain the web site pages including but not limited to: Current Budget, Proposed Budget and Funded Requests. The Treasurer holds the Articles of Incorporation and all previous records of taxes, bank statements and other pertinent business items. The Treasurer shall ensure that the organization complies with State and Federal nonprofit corporation filing requirements by preparing for, delivering and signing the prepared taxes in accordance with Federal and State guideline time frames.  Officer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization.

Past Officer:  The Past Officer will provide history and guidance for all discussions and business transactions facilitated. PastOfficer shall attend as many Board, Monthly, Presentation and Special meetings as possible. Officer will perform other duties as assigned by the organization.