Caddo District PTA will have a special meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 pm to vote on the proposal to dissolve. All of the feedback we received from our survey was positive and in favor of the change, so we will move forward with the vote.
In order to vote, you must be a registered PTA member from a local unit in good standing.
Please register for the meeting here:
While we are encouraging you to register now so that we can start the meeting expediently, you are not required to pre-register. Registration will remain open even as the meeting begins.
The Executive Committee of the Louisiana State PTA has recommended a change to the operating structure of the LAPTA. Under the proposal, the two District PTAs (Caddo and St. Tammany) would be dissolved, and all Local PTA Units in the state would fall under the Louisiana State PTA for operational guidance and support. Under the proposed plan, affiliation with LAPTA would not change for local units and their daily operations would remain the same. Additionally, dissolving the districts would allow each local unit to keep the $.50 for per membership that is currently being paid for district dues.
The ST. Tammany PTA District Board received positive feedback from their local units and on March 30, 2021, voted to dissolve at the end of this fiscal year. The Caddo District PTA Board supports the change as well and views it as an opportunity to do more for our local units. Like PTAs across the country, the membership numbers in Louisiana have dropped dramatically. Current membership is 7,625 – down from 25,248 in June of 2019 and 19,153 in June of 2020. Our members and potential members are busier than ever with more competing demands for their time, our district board has had difficulty filling volunteer positions in the last few years, and four of our LAPTA State Board members also serve on a district board including both district presidents. It is no longer practical or effective to run the district and state boards in this manner. Streamlining the governance model allows us to provide a consistent and equal level of support to all the local units in Louisiana and provides us the opportunity to become a stronger state unit. Our united focus can be on advocating for our children, providing educational opportunities for them, and increasing the PTA stature as a critical educational player here in Louisiana.
Consolidating volunteers and their talents at a state board level also allows us the resources to grow LAPTA. We can expand into parishes not represented by Local Units through the creation of a statewide unit, The Lagniappe Unit. This unit can provide students, their families, and interested community members the ability to affiliate with PTA, participate in our programs, and become part of an association that makes the best use of their resources for all Louisiana children.
Change is scary, difficult, and intimidating; but constructive change allows us the opportunity to grow. Consolidation will allow us to invest our valuable time in meaningful projects, interesting initiatives and causes we care deeply care about, and reinforce the PTA core values of collaboration, commitment, diversity, respect, and accountability.
We have provided a survey to collect your thoughts on this proposal.
Your comments will be anonymous.
The survey will close on Tuesday, April 20th at 8pm.
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