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Interest wanes on county Council of PTAs

July 11, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Membership in some Washington County Public Schools PTAs has increased since the 2005-06 school year.

However, the county's council of PTAs has experienced a drop in interest and no longer is an active organization, according to the Maryland PTA President Mary Jo Neil.

Membership in 12 school PTAs from 42 Washington County Public Schools increased, according to data provided by Neil.

The most significant gains were at Boonsboro Middle (197 new members) and Smithsburg Elementary (116 new members) schools.

Boonsboro Middle had 38 members during the 2005-06 school year, and grew to 235 in the 2006-07 school year, according to Neil. Smithsburg Elementary had 139 members during the 2005-06 school year, and increased to 255 in the most recent school year.

Other membership increases ranged from three new members at Northern Middle School to 52 new members at Fountaindale Elementary, according to data provided by Neil.

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Other schools that saw increases in PTA membership include Bester Elementary, Conococheague Elementary, Emma K. Doub Elementary, Hancock Middle-Senior High, Lincolnshire Elementary, Maugansville Elementary, South Hagerstown High and Winter Street Elementary.

"Parents in this county have a choice of many worthwhile organizations to join and lend support to, and we are glad to know that they have chosen to be a part of PTA," Neil said.

The Washington County Council of PTAs has been without a president since January, when Leslie LeBlanc stepped down for personal reasons.

Elections for the organization were held May 15, but Neil said few people were interested in leadership roles.

"For right now, they don't have an active council because we didn't have enough people come forward in elections," she said.

A combination of factors might have contributed to the lack of interest in this year's election, including time constraints, Neil said.

"Maryland PTA will have to be a little more instrumental in helping out local units," she said.

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