The Norman Transcript

September 24, 2013

New PTA Council meets and greets Norman PTAs

By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — With the goal of doing what’s best for every child in Norman Public Schools, the newly re-established Norman PTA Council sought support from Norman PTAs at a meet and greet Monday night.

The council became official Aug. 7. Secretary Aisha Ali, treasurer Ida Fyhover, vice president Breea Clark and president Kaylen Newbury said they were motivated and are hopeful the council would bring support to all Norman schools.

The Norman PTA Council has been inactive for a couple of years, but Clark said she believes it is now here to stay.

“Some people may say our council won’t last, but I think we have a strong group of motivated women. We’re very optimistic,” Clark said.

Although some schools may become competitive with each other, Newbury said the council wants to stop such behavior and help Norman schools learn from each other.

Newbury said that some schools are better at working with special needs while other schools are better at fundraising, but by having a council to open discussion and encourage community, every child will benefit.

Norman PTA Council already has encouraged community between school districts by seeking help from Moore PTA president Michelle Filipski.

“The council will help share information faster, and people can learn about their community. Our PTA helped us a lot after the tornadoes,” Filipski said.

April Price, Jackson Elementary School PTA president, said she supported the Norman PTA Council because she was looking for a sense of comradery between schools.

Clark said the council was looking for parent support and ways to get more parents involved, but they already had NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano’s ecouragement.

The first official Norman PTA Council meeting will be Oct. 24 at the Moore Norman Technology Center.

The council may be contacted at normanptacouncil@gmail.com.

Katherine Parker

366-3541

kparker@normantranscript.com