The Role of the PTO

The Role of the Cooper Mountain Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

 

 The objectives of the Cooper Mountain Elementary PTO shall be:

  • Establish and maintain a working relationship among parents, school and community;

  • Support individual staff and grade level teams and promote the finest education possible for the students;

  • Expand technology and supplement equipment and supplies;

  • Develop programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum;

  • Enhance the quality of education by raising funds for school supplies or programs that falls outside of the school budget.

The PTO DOES

  • Support the educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school

  • Encourage parents’ involvement in their individual children’s lives, education, class and school

  • Provide feedback and suggestions for school programs

  • Coordinate programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum

  • Encourage/fund the increased exposure of students to technology

  • Provide feedback/assist with increased awareness of school safety and security issues

  • Organize fundraising efforts to support some additional programs, equipment, and services not covered in the school budget

  • Support the educational goals of the school and assist with attaining those goals through parent and community volunteerism

  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts to staff PTO functions and assist with school programs

  • Stay aware of legislation and political issues that may impact education and schools

  • A LOT!!!

The PTO does NOT

  • Run the school

  • Force parents to participate in PTO and/or school activities

  • Set policy regarding school programs

  • Define the school’s curriculum

  • Dictate the technology platforms and/or software used by the school

  • Define or interfere with the school’s security program and policies

  • Control the school’s budget

  • Set the educational goals, testing requirements, or compliance factors

  • Have jurisdiction or authority over school staff, teachers, and other employees

  • Endorse a particular political candidate or commercial concern

  • DO EVERYTHING!!!

This PTO is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.