THE VOTE IS IN at Shiloh Middle. Votes cast during the school's first "Meet the Teacher" night Thursday selected the PTO as the official governing body for activities that bridge parents and pupils with teachers, principal and staff.
Unlike the PTA, which is guided by national rules and expectations, the PTO has no national umbrella and permits a greater measure of autonomy to the school community.
"The whole philosophy is individuality," said Carol Donaldson, a parent who has years of experience in PTA and PTO.
Officers will be nominated for the Shiloh PTO at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Volunteers have offered to be president, financial director and treasurer. Other positions are available, including vice president and committee chairmen.
Anyone interested in a position should attend tomorrow's meeting and bring a short biography to read aloud before the election. Officers can serve two consecutive one-year terms.
The first official meeting of the PTO will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 to induct officers and begin the organization's work.
Donaldson, who has voluntarily led the school's parent group, said, "The middle school is a blend of schools, and we want participation from the whole mix. We'd love to have officers coming from all of the schools."
She was a founder and 14-year member of a PTO in Baltimore County, and for three years a member of a strong PTA at Sandymount Elementary.
"I feel really comfortable with either organization and so I volunteered [at Shiloh] ahead of time. I want what's best for the students and I felt with either organization, we'd have a strong, active organization," Donaldson said.
Anticipating possible PTO formation, a working copy of bylaws was written during the summer by a group of about 30 parents whose children attend Shiloh. They came from Hampstead, Sandymount and Spring Garden elementary schools, West and North Carroll middle schools.
Donaldson would enjoy discussing the needs of the PTO and can distribute the proposed bylaws for review. Call her at 410-876-1734.
Stories from generations ago in Manchester are preserved at the Manchester Historical Center in the form of favorite things residents have saved and put on display. The items include photographs, baseball and band uniforms, items from the butcher and barber and cigar maker, personal items, high school yearbooks and more.
What hasn't been preserved for the next generation is the stories told by those who have lived them.
Anyone adept with a video camera who would enjoy listening to recollections of the town is asked to contact the historical society. It needs a videographer who will interview the eldest residents and record their memories. The video project will save on film the Manchester of years gone by.
The Manchester Historical Center museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1, with an exhibit by local photographers.
Information: Manchester Town Office, 410-239-3200.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.