In order to provide Duval County PTA units a reference of information for operations, the current board is in the process of restoring the DCCPTA Handbook. Sections will be added as they are restored and updated.
What is a Council?
A council of Parent Teacher Associations is a group of Local PTAs organized under the authority of the state PTA, for the purpose of conference, leadership training, and the coordination of efforts of the member PTAs.
Each council is governed by bylaws approved by Florida PTA, written to meet its specific needs.
A council serves as a medium through which PTAs of an area can together handle problems and projects too large for one PTA working alone. Organized into a council, a group of PTAs can bring more power to bear on solutions of community-wide problems affecting children and youth.
A council acts as a channel of communication by relaying information, instruction, and news from the state and National Congresses of PTAs in membership. It alerts the PTAs to state and National plans, programs, and projects that serve the community.
A council enables PTA Officers and chairmen to exchange ideas and plans; to benefit from each other’s experiences in PTA work; and to learn new techniques of leadership.
Council meetings are used to increase the effectiveness of PTAs; to give practice in procedures and techniques; to stimulate PTA, council or public action; and to interpret and participate in state and National programs.
A council strengthens the local units, develops leaders, engages in worthwhile community service projects, and broadens and deepens public understanding of home-school cooperation. In so doing, it extends PTA influence and thus benefits all children and youth.
A council works with the Region Representative, knowing that through cooperation much can be accomplished.
In financial, as in all affairs, a council sets a good example for its member PTAs. No PTA may be compelled to contribute to special projects or to participate in a money-raising event against its wishes.
A council may not legislate for the local unit, but should counsel with courtesy, understanding and perception, knowing that each unit is autonomous.
Guidelines For Council Delegates and Alternates
Each local unit may be represented at council meetings by two delegates (the president or his alternate and the accredited delegate or his alternate; all must be registered with the Council at the beginning of the school year).
Only duly selected delegates or their alternates may participate in council business.
Delegates should be capable, experienced members. To function at best advantage, the Council needs both experienced and new delegates.
Your job, Council Delegate, is to keep lines of communication open between the council and your local unit, and between your local unit and the council.
You have the responsibility of channeling information from your PTA to the council.
- You should attend all meetings of the Council and all meetings of the local association which you represent. When you cannot do so, see that your duly elected or appointed alternate attends in your place.
- You represent your PTA in the voting body of the Council and are entitled to make motions, discuss motions and vote at council meetings.
You have the responsibility of channeling information from the council to your PTA.
This means that you —
- Take notes at council meetings so that you can report announcements and important action to your local unit.
- Notify members of your PTA’s executive board of the next council meeting and urge them to attend.
- Share council communications with your executive board and, if possible, put announcements of council activities in your local association bulletin or news sheet.
- Start a “Procedure Book” on your activities as a council delegate which will be helpful for the guidance of your successor and future delegates.
Historical Duval County Council Highlights
- Published a monthly newsletter
- Initiated a Local Unit Achievement Award
- Established the Duval County Council of PTAs / PTSAs Family Blood Account
- Initiated a Scholarship Fund Program —Florida Community College at Jacksonville University of North Florida, Southern Scholarship Foundation
- Established a 100% Membership Award
- Began Vision Screening for students
- Instituted PTA Identification Pin – originated by Majorie Douglass, Betty Odom, and Edith Codero of Jacksonville
- Provided eyeglasses and/or eye examinations for children of indigent families
- Provided funds for “Readers” for sightless students
- Supported Ecological Programs
- Organized PTA volunteers for Career Fair
- Co-sponsored Summer Film Festival for Children
- Published a handbook for presidents, delegates, principals, School Board members, and selected members of the Florida PTA Board of Directors
- Helped the school system develop the Role and Function of Guidance Counselors
- Recommended CB radios for some school buses
- Supported National PTA TV Violence Awareness Program
- Promoted G-Rated movies
- Requested that school administration implement the curriculum on bus rider training, and School Bus Safety Week was established.
- Participated in interviews with all television stations and several radio stations
- Cooperated with the School Health Services Department in developing Health Care Form
- Hosted the reception for the accreditation teams
- Supported actively legislation affecting children and youth
- Emphasized the importance of PTAers volunteering services in their schools for the benefit of students
- Provided leadership training through workshops
- Worked actively for laws requiring Scoliosis Screening for students
- Established a hand book for Health Room Volunteers in cooperation with the school administration and the Red Cross.
- Hosted Opening Day Reception for the annual Junior/Senior High Students Art Show at
- The Jacksonville Art Museum
- Developed a PTA brochure for Open House Packets
- Published a handbook for Exceptional Child chairmen and parents
- Replaced membership award with membership resolution
- Is represented on School Board advisory committees
- Received recognition for parent contribution to accreditation
- Encouraged significantly the support of Florida PTA Building Fund
- Reviewed Calendar of Skills
- Participated in Duval Coalition for Public Education
- Published handbook for Juvenile Protection chairmen
- Initiated voter registration project
- Reviewed State mandated Annual Reports of School Progress
- Fingerprinted elementary students for school system
- Established new membership recognitions
- Initiated television public service announcements
- Initiated an annual Student Leadership Conference for 400 area high school students.
- Provided volunteers for Clean Campus Evaluation of all public schools.
- Sponsored the Teacher Supply Depot by supplying volunteers.
- Appointed to a seat on the Superintendent’s Cabinet
- Participated in the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee
- Participated in the principal Screening and Selection Committee
- Worked with Jacksonville United Against Truancy
- Worked with Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
- Worked with First Books and the Jaguar Foundation to distribute 250,000 books to dis-
- advantaged children in Florida and surrounding states
- Worked with the Jacksonville Housing Authority to increase parental involvement
- Participated in the Superintendent’s Search Interview Committee
- Worked with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and
- School Improvement
- Developed Principals and PTA brochure
- Obtained Advocacy Grant
Duval County Council of PTAs / PTSAs
Duval President Years Florida PTA President Years
Mrs. Fred T. Nooney 1925 – 1927
Mrs. Malcolm McClellan 1927 – 1929 1933 – 1934, 1938 – 1940
Mrs. Ralph Wendt 1929 – 1931
Mrs. D. E. Bail 1931 – 1933
Mrs. Frank Bryant 1933 – 1935
Mrs. T. E. Overby 1935 – 1936
Mrs. Hardy Croom 1936 – 1938
Mrs. Jerry Kodatt 1938 – 1940
Mrs. W. W. Reed 1940 – 1942
Mrs. Homer Cagle 1942 – 1944
Mrs. M. A. Demerest 1944 – 1946
Mrs. H. A. Chadbourne 1946 – 1948
Mrs. W. C. Pate 1948 – 1950
Mrs. Gus Smith 1950 – 1951
Mrs. Helen Stewart 1951 – 1952
Mrs. M. H. Hendee 1952 – 1953
Mrs. June Dansen Arent 1953 – 1954
Mrs. S. E. Arnold 1954 – 1955
Mrs. Leon Forbes 1955 – 1956
Mrs. F. M. Perry 1956 – 1957
Mrs. G. L. Lund 1957 – 1959
Mrs. Maurice Frazier 1959 – 1961
Mrs. C. C. Wannamaker 1961 – 1962
Mrs. Page Haddock 1962 – 1964 1972 – 1974
Mrs. Harvey R. Clark 1964 – 1966
Mrs. W. E. Ellis 1966 – 1968
Mrs. Sara Cotten 1968 – 1970
Mrs. R. D. Douglass 1970 – 1972
Mrs. Pete House 1972 – 1974 1978 – 1980
Mrs. B. H. Buchanan 1974 – 1976
Mrs. William S. Mathias, Jr. 1976 – 1978
Mrs. Richard DiGiandomenico 1978 – 1980 1986 – 1988
Mrs. Betty Marty 1980 – 1982
Mrs. Edna Stacy 1982 – 1984
Mrs. Betty Marty 1984 – 1985
Mrs. Jeanne Middleton 1985 – 1987
Mrs. Janice Preacher 1987 – 1989
Mrs. Dawn Little 1989 – 1990
Mrs. Jeanne Middleton 1990 – 1991
Mrs. Cheryl Donelan 1991 – 1992
Mrs. Lenelle Cruse 1992 – 1994 2006-2008
Mrs. Chris Buckley 1994 – 1996
Mrs. Vicki Drake 1996 – 1998
Mrs. Merrie Smith 1998 – 1999
Mrs. Wanda Bosworth 1999 – 2001
Mrs. Tracy Scott 2001 – 2003
Mrs. Reta Russell-Houghton 2003 – 2005
Mrs. Rose Nettles 2005 – 2006
Mrs. Pam Kinevan 2006 – 2008
Mrs. Annette Worthen 2008 – 2010
Mrs. Melissa Kicklighter 2010 – 2012
Mrs. Gretchen Lynch 2012 – 2014
Mrs. Margaret Godke 2014 – 2015