PTA, school boards group to share HQ

Friday, August 15, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:17 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

The Missouri Parent and Teacher Association will move into the Missouri School Boards’ Association headquarters at 2100 I-70 Drive S.W. today.

“It just presented a really unique opportunity,” said Julie Kays, PTA president. “By moving into their offices, we’ll be able to tap into some of their resources and personnel.”

Volunteers run both organizations. Kays said that similarity will help the two groups understand each other.

“It’s a relationship that’s going to be very beneficial to both organizations in being able to pool some resources,” said Brent Ghan, MSBA director of education policy. “Both organizations involve public education, but do not represent professional educators. We think by pooling our resources that really both organizations will be stronger as a result of the relationship,”

At this time, Kays does not see any downside to moving in.

“I think that if we did, we wouldn’t have proceeded. We have made the boundaries very clear about what each organization brings to the partnership,” she said.

Although located together, the two programs will continue to operate separately. While the MSBA works with a number of other education groups, Ghan does not see the relationship with the PTA affecting its relationships with those groups.

The PTA owns its former location at 2101 Burlington St. It plans to maintain the building but hasn’t decided what function it will serve in the future.

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