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March 19, 2016

How this school directory and membership management software helped my district PTA?

  This article was first posted on the National PTA Blog at http://onevoice.pta.org/?p=6784 My name is Denise Baer, and I have been an involved PTA member for over 13 years. I have served on PTA executive boards in many capacities, including being elected PTA president twice. My town of Westport, Conn. has eight schools‚ Äîfive elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Each school‚Äôs PTA operates independently, but we work collaboratively through a town-wide PTA council. A longstanding challenge in Westport was how to manage our student, parent and teacher directory. Each school used their own software such as Microsoft Excel, Word or some combination. None of these systems interacted with the school databases, and there was no easy way to track students graduating from one school to the next without a significant amount of work. The PTA directory chair position was a time-consuming, difficult-to-fill job. Volunteers spent […]