Another $20k theft by a PTA board member reported yesterday. The trusted president/treasurer “was not cooperative in providing bank statements and information to incoming officers and would become defensive when questioned about accounts.” PTAs/PTOs need organizational framework where board members have access 24/7 to records and communications so that they can watch each other like any good business.
Kristin Lynn Mandrick had insisted on taking over the role of treasurer of Florida’s South Fayette Parent-Teacher Association after previously serving as president for two years. Other members began experiencing issues with Mandrick not performing assigned tasks. During the transition to new officers for the 2016-17 school year, Mandrick “was not cooperative in providing bank statements and information to incoming officers and would become defensive when questioned about accounts.”
This is the common thread in PTA/PTO thefts – there is no organizational framework available to board members so that they can oversee the organization and watch each other. They have a fiduciary duty as board members and are violating that duty by allowing the organization to continue with framework.
Office of the Board provides the framework instantly for PTA/PTO board members to satisfy their fiduciary duty and protect their members’ money. There is no excuse for not having organizational framework, and no excuse for letting these thefts occur.