February 17, 2017
Dear PTA Principals, Parents, and Supporters,
I wanted to reach out to you in light of the recent media coverage surrounding the removal of Georgia PTA President, Lisa-Marie Haygood, from the Board. This removal was made properly and in accordance with the Association’s interpretation of its bylaws and policies. This is a highly sensitive and confidential matter and, in accordance with the Association’s bylaws and policies, the Board is not permitted to comment further on this matter. We wish our former President Haygood much happiness and success in her future endeavors.
We are deeply disappointed to see the spread of inaccurate information surrounding Ms. Haygood’s removal from the Board including some serious allegations made by various parties. I want to assure you that these allegations are absolutely false and without merit, and we will continue to defend our Association. Thank you to all of you who have reached out with calls and emails of your support for the Georgia PTA and our mission.
During this transition of leadership, the Board remains committed to advocating efforts and priorities of the 2015-17 administration. The funds of our Association will continue to be allocated to the best use to train our members and leaders to become the best possible advocates for children and programs to promote the welfare of children and youth and improve their quality of life. In addition, a Georgia PTA delegation will travel to the National PTA Legislative Conference on March 7-9 for advocacy training and to meet with Georgia’s elected officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss education and child related issues. Also, we are very excited about Georgia PTA’s arts recognition and achievement program. The 2016 – 2017 Reflections Ceremony themed, “What is Your Story?” will be held on March 19th at the High Museum of Arts. We will celebrate more than 300 students across the state in dance, film, literature, music, photography, and visual arts categories.
Georgia PTA is committed to our children’s interest first, and our culture is centered on doing what is right for our children. I am personally dedicated to these responsibilities and am focused on moving forward. We need your continued support as well so that together we can uphold the core values of Georgia PTA.
Tyler L. Barr
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