School Board and Parent/Teacher Organization
The general responsibilities of the School Advisory Board are in the following areas: strategic planning; resource development; institutional advancement; advice and counsel with regard to financial planning, management and reporting; marketing of the school and evaluation of the council’s goals and activities.
The membership of the School Advisory Board includes the pastor, principal, parents (no more than one-third of the total membership), alumni parents, parishioners, members of the civic and local business community, and area educators. Under Canon Law and Archdiocesan guidelines, the members advise the administrative team (pastor and principal) and cannot make decisions binding for the parish education program without the approval of the administrative team (A Primer on Educational Governance in the Catholic Church, the CACE/NABE Governance Task Force, NCEA, 1998).
main functions of the parent-teacher teacher organization are to, in
conjunction with the school administration, develop and operate school
functions and activities. The purpose of these activities are to provide fun,
family activities; raise funds school’s current operational expenses; to
promote parental support for the school program; and to increase mutual
understanding between school and parents. The membership of the parent teacher
organization shall include the pastor, the principal, the parents or legal
guardians, and the faculty of the school, where applicable.
Parent/Teacher Organization and School Advisory Board exist to support the
school and are important for the school’s mission and viability, but they have
very different functions. The School Advisory Board and PTO and their members
do not have any authority to act independently on behalf of the school or
parish. They are not “agents” of the school or parish and any actions taken
must receive the official written approval of the pastor and/or the principal
as the case may be.