Executive Board: Officers, Elections, and Transition
The executive board is your PA/PTA’s administration — it runs your PA/PTA. It should function also as a representative of the entire parent body, which is important to keep in mind when defining its composition. Your PA/PTA’s bylaws should dictate the composition of your executive board.
PA/PTA executive boards are made up, at a minimum, of all officers elected by the general membership but may also include others, such as chairpersons of standing committees. Some PA/PTAs’ executive boards include a number of members at large (parents from the general membership) who are elected at the annual PA/PTA elections or during special elections. Keep in mind that there is no maximum number of members that may sit on the executive board; the more inclusive and robust it is, the more likely it will be able to meet its organization’s goals.
Mandatory PA/PTA officers are president, treasurer and recording secretary. PA/PTAs may create additional officers in their bylaws; for example, many add co-president, vice-president, and/or co-treasurer. Officers are elected for one year terms. Limits on the number of consecutive terms they may serve, if any, should be defined in the bylaws.