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Dissolve a PTA

Local PTA Units may dissolve and close their association affiliation with Louisiana PTA and National PTA. The PTA’s General Membership and its community shall be given an opportunity to express their opinions and decide by vote to dissolve or not. Parliamentary procedures must be followed to protect the members and comply with federal nonprofit 501(c)(3) regulations. Dissolving PTA Units is LAPTA’s responsibility, and it must be included in the process.

Steps to Dissolving a PTA

A PTA Unit is subject to termination and withdrawal of its charter by LAPTA for reasons such as: its General Membership votes to dissolve; noncompliance of affiliation requirements; violation of the Bylaws; or, for other causes, actions, or behaviors declared by LAPTA.


STEP 1: Contact LAPTA President at to discuss the situation and receive guidance on how to proceed. Complete Request to Dissolve an Existing PTA.

STEP 2: Move to Dissolution: If the Local PTA Unit does not have active members who can vote to dissolve, then LAPTA conducts the vote among its Board of Directors with notice following the Bylaws guidance. If a PTA has active members with voting rights from the current fiscal year, then the PTA follows the steps listed in the Bylaws for legally closing a unit in compliance with the IRS:

  1. Board Meeting: The Local PTA Board of Directors adopts by a two-thirds vote to recommend that dissolution of the PTA be submitted to a vote at a General Membership Meeting.

  2. Notice to Members: Written notice for the Geneal Membership Meeting includes intent to dissolve the local PTA is given to each voting member with 20 days’ notice prior to the meeting. Notice to LAPTA: Written minutes of the Board of Director’s meeting with recommendation to dissolve and the written notice for the General Membership Meeting are given to the LAPTA President with 20 days’ notice prior to the General Membership Meeting.

  3. General Membership Meeting: An affirmative two-thirds vote of members present and entitled to vote at the meeting need to approve dissolution of the PTA. Only those who submitted dues to the local PTA prior to the date of initial recommendation by the Board of Directors and continue to be members on the date of the meeting may vote. Written minutes with results of the meeting are immediately shared with LAPTA.

  4. Close all accounts with the IRS, Louisiana Secretary of State, the bank, and more.

STEP 3: Charter Withdrawal

Upon withdrawal of its charter, the PTA is obligated to promptly carry out all proceedings necessary for dissolving the PTA under the supervision and direction of LAPTA. Further, it shall:

  1. Surrender all of its books and records to LAPTA and surrender its assets and property to LAPTA or to another local PTA affiliated with LAPTA in accordance with Federal 501(c)(3) regulations.

  2. Give LAPTA access to all PTA technology accounts such as Facebook, bank accounts, and more.

  3. Cease and desist from the further use of any name that implies or connotes association with the National PTA or LAPTA or status as a constituent association of the National PTA.

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