Parent Teacher Organization
Creating opportunities and providing support for students and families
Rice Lake Elementary's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) helps get families involved and engaged in their child's elementary experience. Join the PTO in creating more opportunities for Rice Lake scholars!
- March 15
- April 15
- May 10
- Rachel Devereaux and Erin Bickett (opening available)
- Heather Ayer
- Heather Ayer, Kate Kendall and Laurie Ellsworth
Dance & Raffle
- Heather Ayer and Erin Bickett
- Rachel Devereaux
Apex Fun Run
- Jen Shaw and Jodee Kincaid
- Melissa Arlt
- Kammie Traverse
Family Fun Nights
- Mike Reed and Lea Reed
- B Davila
- Kristy Deike
- B Davila
- Rachel Devereaux (opening available)
- Heather Ayer and Aric Buckles
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Rice Lake Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES-MISSION
A. To promote the education and well-being of all children at home, in school, and in the community.
B. To provide a forum for discussion and foster communication between parents, administrators, educators and the community.
C. To enhance the educational facilities and opportunities for the students of Rice Lake Elementary School that is not otherwise provided for in the school budgets.
D. To promote volunteer programs and resources for Rice Lake Elementary School.
E. To sponsor projects and events for the benefit of Rice Lake Elementary School.
F. To raise funds as required providing for all the above objectives.
ARTICLE III. POLICIES
A. The organization is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes with the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code (hereinafter “Internal Revenue Code”).
B. The organization shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.
C. The name of the organization or the names of any members in their official capacities shall not be used to endorse or promote a commercial concern or in connection with any partisan interest or for any purpose not appropriately related to promotion of the Objectives of the organization.
D. The organization shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way, including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office or devote more than an insubstantial part of its activities in attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise.
E. The organization shall work with the school to provide quality education for all children and youth and shall seek to participate in the decision-making process establishing school policy, recognizing that the legal responsibility to make decisions had been delegated by the people to boards of education, state education authorities, and local education authorities.
F. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, directors, trustees, officers, or other private individuals except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose set forth in Article II hereof.
G. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
H. Upon dissolution of this organization, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of this PTO, the remaining assets shall be evenly distributed to Rice Lake Elementary School. Rice Lake Elementary School remaining PTO assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for public purpose.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
A. Any parent, guardian, or other person standing in “loco parentis” or direct relative of a child enrolled and attending Rice Lake Elementary School, or any staff working in the Rice Lake Elementary School.
i. Any member shall have the privilege of making motions and serving on committees.
ii. A voting member shall be anyone who is a member in good standing according to Article IV, Section A.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION
A. The officers of this organization shall be President/Co-President, Vice President/Co-Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
B. Any reference to “Officer(s)” throughout these articles is referencing President/Co-President, Vice President/Co-Vice President, Secretary and/or Treasurer.
C. Officers shall be elected at the May meeting of the organization, by the members present in person or virtually, using a paper or secure electronic ballot system or a combination thereof, as appropriate based on the learning model in place at the time of the election.
D. Any PTO member is eligible to be an Officer.
E. Outgoing Officers will end their duties and new Officers shall assume their duties at the start of the summer meeting. Date of the summer meeting is subject to change yearly.
F. Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years and/or until their successors are elected as described hereof.
i. Vice President/Co-Vice President term shall consist of one (1) year as Vice President/Co-Vice President followed by (1) year as President/Co-President.
ii. Secretary term shall consist of two (2) consecutive years.
iii. Treasurer term shall consist of two (2) consecutive years.
G. A person shall not be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office. However, in the event there are no other candidates for that position, the then-current Officers may, by a majority vote among them, extend the second term of a currently seated Officer for an additional period of time not to exceed one (1) year. Additionally, a waiver of the term limits set forth in this Section G may be granted on an individual, case-by-case basis by a majority vote at a PTO general meeting.
H. Officers of this organization shall be elected in the following manner:
i. Nominations for Officers shall be taken at the April general meeting.
ii. Nominees shall be a parent, guardian, or other person standing in "loco parentis" or direct relative of a child attending Rice Lake Elementary School.
iii. PTO Officer elections shall be held at the May PTO general meeting.
iv. All votes shall be cast on written ballot or via secure electronic voting, as necessary and appropriate based on the means of attending and participating (e.g. virtual attendance). Platform of the meeting shall be determined by the learning model in place at the time.
v. For written ballots, one former Officer, along with two other members, not in the election, shall be in charge of counting votes.
vi. The PTO shall send out a nomination form/letter to all parents whose child(ren) attend Rice Lake Elementary School to give parents the opportunity to nominate someone else or themselves for a PTO office. The form/letter shall have the PTO Election Day listed for them to attend the election meeting.
vii. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointment of the Officers.
viii. Removal from office may occur by the majority vote of the Board for missing more than two (2) consecutive PTO meetings, or failure to perform assigned duties, or corruption, or an act that brings dishonor to the organization or negates the objectives of the organization. Removal shall take place after the Officers have met in an effort to discuss the offense/issue and all attempts have been made to resolve the offense/issue. Removal shall be done by a majority vote of the Officers. If an Officer intentionally does not follow through with the decision of the Officers, it will result in immediate removal as an Officer.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
A. The President/Co-President shall preside at all meetings of the organization and shall coordinate the work of the officers and committees, in order that the objectives-mission may be promoted.
B. The Vice President/Co-Vice President shall act as aid to the President/Co-President and perform the duties of the President/Co-President in the absence or inability to serve.
C. The Secretary shall keep a permanent and accurate record of all meetings. Copies of the current school year minutes will be available at each meeting. The Secretary must have a current copy of the bylaws at each meeting. He/she shall conduct all correspondence as requested by the President.
D. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the organization; shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; and shall pay out funds in accordance with the Bylaws. He/she shall present a financial statement and up-to-date bank statement at every meeting and at other times when requested by the Officers; and shall make a full report at the end of the current school year.
E. All officers shall perform the duties outlined above as well as any other duties prescribed in these bylaws; and such other duties as may be delegated to him/her.
F. All officers shall deliver official materials to their successors at the close of their service of office.
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
A. The regular meetings of this organization shall be during the following months: September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May.
B. Date and/or time may be changed by the Rice Lake Elementary School PTO Officers with proper notice given to members, not to be less than three (3) days prior to the new date and/or time.
C. There will be one summer meeting, date and time to be determined by the Officers during their first Board Meeting after being elected into office.
D. Three Officers and two (2) members present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the organization.
ARTICLE VIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
A. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Rice Lake Elementary School PTO.
ARTICLE IX. FISCAL YEAR
A. The fiscal year of the Rice Lake Elementary School PTO shall begin on August 1 and end on the following July 31.
ARTICLE X. AUDITS
A. The financial records of the PTO will be reviewed annually or bi-annually as determined by a majority vote of the board. Review should be conducted by a CPA within one year of the close of the fiscal year. The Treasurer and/or co-signer of the bank account will schedule and manage the annual review process. The CPA conducting the review will be given the President’s/Co-President’s contact information in the event the CPA feels it necessary to contact the President/Co-President with further information. Findings from the review will be immediately brought to the attention of the PTO President/Co-President and other Officers for resolution.
ARTICLE XI. FUNDS/BUDGET
A. Authorized signatures on the PTO checks shall include the Treasurer and one additional Officer. The signature on any check cannot be the payee. In the case of an Officer needing reimbursement, the check must be approved by two (2) other Officers.
B. To be reimbursed from the PTO, a reimbursement form along with the receipts or invoice stapled to the reimbursement form must be submitted to the Treasurer. If it is not a budgeted item, the request must be approved by two (2) Officers or a majority at a PTO meeting.
C. There must be a minimum of $200.00 in the bank account at all times.
D. At the end of the school year there must be a minimum of $1,500 left in the bank account for the upcoming school year.
E. All PTO financial and other pertinent records must be turned over within 10 business days from the end of the fiscal year. The incoming Vice President/Co-Vice President & Treasurer and the outgoing President/Co-President and Treasurer must make themselves available to sign and record the transfer of bank accounts. Financial records would include: bank account records, outstanding debt records, history of all transactions, receipts, and tax information. Other pertinent records include: date of contracted events, frequent contacts, willing volunteers’ information, sample forms/documents, PTO inventory, etc.
F. At the end of an event where monies have been collected, a cash control slip will be filled out by two (2) PTO members. The PTO members cannot be next of kin. Both members should count the money, sign, and date the slip. A copy of the form should be given to the chairperson of the event and one copy kept with the deposit slip by the Treasurer.
G. Whenever possible, PTO funds should go directly from the school to the bank for deposit.
H. Contact will be made to the payee of checks that are written to PTO and returned for insufficient funds. A request to pay the check amount along with the current bank fee will be made during contact. All fliers, applications, contracts, fundraising materials, etc. that deal with checks being written to the PTO will include a written notice of this policy.
I. A budget will be determined by the Officers prior to the first general meeting (September) each school year. The budget will be discussed and approved at the meeting. All expenditures within the realm of the approved budget are authorized expenditures. Annual expenditures should not be paid until the budget is approved. Any expenses needing to be paid prior to the budget will require the approval of three (3) Officers. Any monetary request up to $200 above budget may be approved by three (3) officers. Any expense or monetary request over the approved budgeted amount in excess of $200 needs to be approved at the PTO Meeting.
J. An Officer that does not have authorization to sign checks must have access to online banking.
ARTICLE XII. CONTRACTS
A. All contracts that will incur a PTO financial obligation must be reviewed by at least two (2) Officers. Any Officer reviewing or signing a contract cannot be related to the outside vendor with whom the contract is being signed. Any contract must be signed by a PTO Officer (preferably the Treasurer). If an Officer is the chair of the event in need of a contract, another Officer must sign said contract.
ARTICLE XIII. AMENDMENTS
A. These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the association by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, provided that notice of the amendment has been given at the previous regular meeting.
ARTICLE IV. BYLAWS
A. The bylaws of the Rice Lake Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will be reviewed at least every two (2) years. Revised bylaws will be presented within the first two general meetings of the new school year and will seek acceptance at the next general board meeting. A majority vote by the Officers and voting members present will constitute their acceptance.