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I am sick of PTA drama

post #1 of 12
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I am so sick of PTA drama.

1. It's not all about you.....it's about the kids and what they need in the classroom.

2. You can't make a decision about money all on your own and spring it on everyone in a school newsletter.

3. You can't tell kids and parents that they are fundraising for new playground equipment and then decide all on your own NOPE we are going to spend it on computer programs, games, and stuff for the classroms. I will not be a part of anything where you are lying to kids and their parents. We have enough money to buy something smaller for them to play on or some tetherball poles.

Why can't people communicate like adult?!?

And don't pout when someone disagrees with you.


Dh and I are almost to the point of throwing up are hands and walking away from it all.

Sorry....vent.
post #2 of 12
That is frustrating. Maybe there should be PTA training. LOL. I decided not to even join this year(for the kindergärtner) because I am just going to homeschool her next year.

I went to one Band booster meeting(for the high-school), and felt weird there, so I didn't go back. But I am going to suck it up next year and try it again. I do get all the e-mails and help out ocassionally, so I am not totally useless.
post #3 of 12
Sounds very much like our PTO, I'm afraid. I decided not to join a long time ago because I did not agree with a lot of their ideas. policies that apply to some (but not the chosen few, etc). Instead, I just help my kids' teachers directly with what they need in the classroom. Much easier to deal with and less drama
post #4 of 12
i think you and your dh need to stay to be the voice of dissent. who is in control of the money? can you vote to have them removed since they don't know how to listen?
post #5 of 12
Here, our board votes on every thing. Meaning one person couldn't change the budget, it would have to be approved. Someone makes a motion and we approve or deny it. We are a PTO though, does that make a difference? Not sure why one person would have that much say without everyone else's approval.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by badbaby_87 View Post

i think you and your dh need to stay to be the voice of dissent. who is in control of the money? can you vote to have them removed since they don't know how to listen?


The current president is not running agan.

I even talked with the Principal today and he has not idea where this idea came from. He agrees it's a decision that should come from everyone, not just one person. The person in charge of the money doesn't agree either.

I think dh will still run for President. I hope so anyways.
post #7 of 12
What do your bylaws say regarding finacial decisions? If the treasurer doesn't agree and it hasn't been voted on why is he/she signing a check? Our bylaws require a 2 signature check. All finacial decisions over $50 have to be approved by a majority vote. If money is spent that has not been approved then BOTH people who signed the check are held accountable for the missing funds. Members should be aware of the bylaws in order for them to be properly enforced. EVERY member of our PTO receives a copy of all bylaws along with their welcome pack.
post #8 of 12
Vent away, I completely understand.

It is a power trip for some of them, I don't get it. They wouldn't let me help.

I stopped going to our PTA meetings and I feel bad about it. Everything is decided outside of the meeting and it was a waste of my time.

Next year dd7 will be at another school. It may cost me tuition but we have a choice.
post #9 of 12
I think it takes a certain kind of disposition to be on the PTO or any school committee. Not everyone is cut out for it. That's one reason I never really wanted to do it. A bunch of women in a room arguing over every piddly little thing and battling over power. Not my idea of fun. I did do the orchestra board in HS and was treasurer for two years, but even then there was drama. Our president was so psycho she "Bobby Knighted" me by slamming a chair that flew across and almost hit me. Then one night she flipped out on the orchestra director and I seriously thought we were going to have to carry her away in a straight jacket. Bulging neck veins and all. They "uninvited" her to the board the last year.
post #10 of 12
That sucks deemom. Our PTA is pretty great and I understand that we're lucky to have it that way
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