Washington County's PTA group declared inactive

December 18, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

The Washington County Council of PTAs has disbanded due to lack of interest.

The organization has been declared inactive after attempts to generate interest in the group's June election yielded no candidates, Maryland PTA President Debbie Ritchie said Monday.

The county's PTA had been without a president since January, when Leslie LeBlanc stepped down for personal reasons.

"They are inactive," Ritchie said. "You can't have a council if you don't have anyone to run for anything."

Ritchie was elected to her post in November, but her predecessor, Mary Jo Neil, and other state PTA officials contacted school-level groups in April to discuss possible candidates.

The county PTA includes members from the school groups.

Ritchie said the Washington County Council of PTAs is a support organization to the school-level groups and offers some training.

"It helps to unify them, to bring them together," she said.

School PTAs will not be affected by the county group's inactive status, Ritchie said.


In April, the organization's first vice president at the time, Bonnie Blandford, said that information about officer vacancies would be discussed at a meeting that month.

LeBlanc announced in November 2006 that she would be stepping down. She officially resigned in January after serving two years as president.

Earlier this year, Neil said the first vice president can step in and operate as president if the president resigns. At the time, Blandford said she was not sure if she would run for re-election.

She did say that it often was difficult to find PTA members willing to run for office since many are not sure they will know how to run the organization.

An attempt to contact Blandford Monday night was unsuccessful.

Ritchie said that there are several other counties with inactive councils, including Cecil and Dorchester counties.

"Usually, it's the smaller counties, with a smaller number of schools," she said.

Ritchie said it is her goal to assist those counties with inactive PTA councils.

"We certainly want to start encouraging that," she said. "It's beneficial to our local units."

Know more in 30 seconds

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

What's new: The Maryland PTA president said the council has been declared "inactive" because no one stepped forward to run in the group's elections in June.

What's next: Officials said they will continue to work with the Washington County Council of PTAs, hoping it will become an active organization again.

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