January Partner & Volunteer Highlight: PTAC

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The PTA Council (PTAC) represents the PTAs of ACPS schools and is a valued partner in our school division. The parent-teacher organization works with the superintendent and School Board members in serving ACPS students and families. The school PTAs that comprise PTAC are a way for ACPS families to get involved and help further students’ educational success.

“Alexandria PTA Council serves to connect our 17 ACPS PTA units to share best practices, resources and financial support to promote meaningful family engagement,” said Alexandria PTAC President Maureen McNulty. “We also strive to be an effective liaison between ACPS Central Office and our school communities.”

The PTAC advocates for quality public education, increased public school funding and a nurturing environment for all ACPS students. PTAC leaders meet regularly with school division leadership to share questions and input from the member PTAs and ACPS families. PTAC carries out its commitment through strong family and community engagement and its collaboration with a range of individuals and organizations to enhance its ability to serve and advocate for all ACPS families. 

“I am grateful for what our PTAC represents and the work it does to benefit all students,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. “The PTAC is a vital part of ACPS community engagement efforts, empowering families to support our students and to help make every child’s success a reality.”

In alignment with the ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan, the PTAC solidified its commitment to diversification in 2020 as it established its DEI Committee which stands for Diversity – Equity and Inclusion. Meeting on a monthly basis during the school year, the committee includes all major languages and ethnicities at ACPS.

In our schools most heavily impacted by inequitable resource availability, PTAC helps provide budgetary support for PTA activities. It helps to fund programs including field trips, cultural enrichment and community-building events, parenting workshops and teacher wish lists.

The organization also works with the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) to provide each year a $3,750 scholarship in the name of the Alexandria PTA.

All families are welcome to join the PTAC. Looking ahead, the PTAC plans to advocate for its membership, with budget, policy and health and safety issues being priorities for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. In her leadership role, McNulty said she plans to continue to work in transforming the PTA units to be more representative and inclusive of the families they serve, and work toward achieving greater equity among our PTA units.

More information about how to get involved in the PTAC can be found at www.AlexVaPTAC.org.