What is a Local School Advisory Board?

A Local School Advisory Board operates for the benefit of a particular project or program at a local school in the Cobb County School District under the umbrella of the the Cobb Schools Foundation. Currently the Cobb Schools Foundation supports local school advisory boards, allowing them to raise funds for their individual schools.

What are the costs associated with becoming a Local School Advisory Board?

There are no upfront costs. There is a yearly fund management fee of $400 which is assessed in $100 increments at the end of March, June, September and December. The only other fees you will incur are credit card processing fees which will vary by usage each month. All audits, tax filings, banking and credit card fees and readers, legal fees, insurance, and bookkeeping fees are covered in the $400 year fee.

Our school has a very active PTA. Why do we need an Advisory Board as well?

PTAs are not a supporting organization for the schools where we hold our meetings. Supporting organizations often contract directly with school districts to act on behalf of the schools and are subject to school oversight and approvals for such items as their budgets. PTA funds raised by PTA members belong exclusively to PTA and can only be used for purposes approved by its members through the budgetary and amending process. Approved uses of funds should be in line with the mission and objectives of the PTA body as a whole.

The Cobb Schools Foundation raises funds from the community to support our schools directly. We seek funding to help advance the mission of our common goal: student success.

How do we set fundraising priorities?

A Local School Advisory Board may raise money to fund programs or projects approved by the school’s Principal that also falls within the CCSD strategic priorities.

Do we get our own account and checkbook?

No. Under our agreement, the Cobb Schools Foundation acts as the fiscal agent who will manage and report all deposits and check requests that are generated through fundraising activities by the Local School Advisory Boards.