South Plainfield Middle School Seeking to Re-Establish PTO


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Calling all seventh and eighth grade parents! South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS) is seeking parents to help re-establish and run a new parent teacher organization.

“We have been informed that the South Plainfield Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has been dissolved, allowing the opportunity to establish a new Parent Teacher Organization/Parent Teacher,” stated Principal Roger Vroom in an Aug. 14 letter emailed to SPMS parents and obtained by TAPinto South Plainfield.

The need to re-establish a new parent-teacher organization at the middle school comes in the wake of a policy revision approved last month by the South Plainfield Board of Education. Under revised Policy 9210, BOE members can no longer serve as officers (president, vice president, etc.) or on the executive board of any school district parent organization (PTO, PTA, PTSO, etc.); BOE members, however, may still volunteer their time and services to any of the aforementioned organizations.

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The policy revision, which went into effect immediately following the July 19 meeting, affected two sitting BOE members - Debbie Boyle and Sharon Miller. While Miller, who served as co-president of the high school PTO, reportedly resigned prior to last month's vote, Boyle did not. At the end of the July, however, Boyle sent an email to South Plainfield administration stating that the SPMS PTO had been dissolved.

TAPinto reached out to Boyle via email on Aug. 17 to inquire about her reasons for dissolving the organization entirely and to find out what happened to the files or any money in the old PTO account. As of press time, she had not responded. 

 “We are aware it has been dissolved and of Mr. Vroom’s efforts to start an new organization that will serve the middle school and assist in the operations of the school in the coming year,” South Plainfield Board of Education President Bill Seesselberg.

While they work together to benefit the students, the SPMS PTO – along with the district’s other PTOs, PTSOs, PTAs, etc. – is an independent organization that is not governed by the BOE or the building administrators. However, in an effort to re-establish the middle school organization, Vroom is offering to help. 

“Although the school district is separate from the parent teacher organization, I am asking any parent interested in establishing a PTO/PTA to contact me…” wrote Vroom in the letter. “I will provide information on how to establish an organization and connect parents who are interested in serving on the executive board.”

Vroom went on to say, “As a school, we rely on the PTO/PTA to help support our students through fundraising efforts held throughout the school year. It is my hope that members of the middle school community will be able to provide the time necessary to establish an organization that will carry on the tradition of support for our students and their education.”

Any parent looking to be involved and assist in setting up a new parent organization at South Plainfield Middle School should contact Principal Roger Vroom at

The next South Plainfield Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 23; a Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. with the Regular Public Meeting beginning around 8 p.m. Meetings are held at South Plainfield High School and residents are welcome to attend. 

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