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1230 School Connected Organizations


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored Mandated
X Other Reasons

The Northfield Board of Education will encourage the work of a general, voluntary, school-connected organization of parents/guardians, school staff and friends of the school. Such organizations may not establish educational policy, participate in the administration of the school, or authorize management and direction of school affairs or financial matters.

Such organizations shall have as their objectives the promotion of student welfare; the development of close relationships between the home and the school; and the development between educators and the public of such united efforts as will secure for every student in the schools the best kind of educational program possible.

Organizations shall not use the district’s name in their titles without the board’s express consent. Such permission to use the district’s name does not constitute permission to act as the district’s representative.

No parent organization may organize or sponsor school activities or solicit moneys in the name of this school district without the prior approval of the Board of Education. Such approval for solicitation must be sought by written application to the Superintendent of Schools.

The Board of Education shall upon application review and, if appropriate, approve any school-connected organization. Permission to hold regular meetings of such organizations in school facilities will be extended by the Board of Education for a particular school year, in accordance with policy #1330,

The school principal or another professional staff member designated by the principal may serve as adviser to the general parent/teacher organization. All members of the professional staff shall be encouraged to join the organization and to participate in its activities.

The board relies upon parent organizations to operate in a manner consistent with public expectations for the schools and reserves the right to withdraw recognition from any parent organization whose actions are inimical to the interests of the pupils of this district.

All organizations will abide by all Board of Education policy, procedures, practices and guidelines. They will report directly to the Superintendent of Schools and business administrator and follow the district’s financial and accounting practices.

Adopted: February 11, 2002 NJSBA Review/Update: August 2009; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011

Key Words

School-connected Organizations, Booster Clubs, Parent-Teacher Organizations, PTA, PTO

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:11-1 General mandatory powers and duties

N.J.S.A. 18A:54-20 Powers of board (county vocational schools)



Cross References: *1000/1010 Concepts and roles in community relations; goals and objectives *1100 Communicating with the public 1210 Community organizations *1330 Use of school facilities *3280 Gifts, grants and bequests 4136 Meetings/committees *5020 Role of parents/guardians *5136 Fund-raising activities *6010 Goals and objectives

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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