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Benefits of Membership

To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

About Us

Celebrating 90 years of advocating for children in Hillsborough County. Established in 1924 and organized under the authority of the Florida PTA, the Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSA is a team of volunteers dedicated to strengthening local PTAs and PTSAs in Hillsborough County, helping them to work more effectively on behalf of the children in their schools and communities.

Together, we form a strong, unified voice on behalf of the children in Hillsborough County.


The Hillsborough PTA presents a number of different awards every year. However, in order to win one of our awards you have to apply for it. Please visit HCCPTA Awards Information to find out more! We can't want to hear about the oustanding work you are doing in your schools and communities! 

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Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA General Meeting & Elections!

Join us on May 11th at 6pm at Carlton Fields for our last General Meeting that will include the election of next years officers.

Local unit presidents should submit 2 delegates here:

While anyone may attend our general meetings, only local unit presidents and designated delegates may participate (vote, debate).

For more information please email: [email protected]

We know that many of you have concerns about how to conduct PTA meetings given the recent COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. At Florida State PTA, we appreciate your concern about keeping all of our PTA families and members safe during this time. As we continue to monitor the situation, we have been asked what guidance we can provide regarding PTA meetings and events.
Guidance on Executive Board/Committee Meetings
Our bylaws allow for Executive Board/Committee meetings to be held via telephone or video conferencing as long as all of the members are able to hear and speak with each other. In July 2019, the Florida State PTA Board of Directors approved all local units and county councils to use telephone or video conferencing for their Executive Board/Committee Meetings. If your bylaws have an approval date on or after August 1, 2019, the electronic meeting provision is included in those updated bylaws. However, if you have not updated on or after 8/1/19, your local unit or council is covered because this was a conforming bylaws change.
Your Nominating Committee should continue to meet to produce the Slate of Officers, so that when we can meet, your PTA is ready to move forward with the annual meeting. Currently, the committee can meet in person or via electronic meeting (conference call or video conferencing).
Guidance on Association/General Meetings and Events
We strongly encourage that all unit, council and regional PTAs in Florida coordinate with state and local public health officials and school officials on whether or not to hold an in-person PTA meeting or PTA event. This will ensure that you are receiving accurate and appropriate information on how to respond to the current situation. Since the intensity of an outbreak may differ according to geographic location, your local public health officials/local school officials will be issuing guidance specific to your community.
As per our bylaws, General meetings are not allowed to be conducted via telephone or video conferencing. Given this requirement, we ask that you consider the following when determining whether or not to hold a PTA General meeting and/or a PTA Event:
1. First, consult with your local public health and school officials to determine the most up-to-date guidelines for meetings and events relating specifically to your community.
2. Second, consider postponement of the meeting or event.
From the local unit bylaws:
Article VI: Officers and Their Election
#Section 6. Any person holding an elected or appointed position in this association shall serve for the designated term or until a successor is elected or appointed.
While we realize that for some of you extending your term of office may not be what you had anticipated, we appreciate your understanding and commitment to the children and families that we serve. Please use this additional time to prepare a comprehensive procedure book (flash drive) for your successor.
PLEASE NOTE: Bylaws cannot be suspended.
Please continue to work with your local public health officials to determine when the outbreak has ended in your local community and when the community is able to safely have meetings and events.
If you have additional questions about compliance, please reach out to [email protected]

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The Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations from those interested in serving as a 2020-2021 Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA elected officer or Standing Committee Chair.  Eligibility and areas of responsibility of officers under the current Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA bylaws can be found below.

Nominations will remain open and accepted no later than Sunday, April 1, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern time.  Nominations are in order for the following positions:

  • President - works with council board to promote the mission of PTA throughout Hillsborough County, supports the work of local units, collaborates with HCPS/school board
  • Vice President of Areas and Regions - supports the efforts of local units, assist local units in meeting compliance requirements and problem-solving issues that arise
  • Vice President of Advocacy - communicates the advocacy initiatives undertaken at the national and state level, develops legislative priorities in collaboration with the board on local issues impacting children and education
  • Vice President of Membership Development - encourages and supports membership efforts in the local units, promote membership in achievement schools
  • Vice President of Leadership Development - responsible for developing local unit leadership through training and other development opportunities, cultivates leadership pipeline for Council, develops and facilitates all Council Trainings
  • Vice President of Council Operations - manages the operational functions of the Council including communications and internal logistics, oversees Council-specific events including  Awards and Reflections
  • Secretary - communicates meeting times and agendas, takes minutes at all meetings, maintains the official business record of Council
  • Treasurer - handles all financial operations of council, reconciles banking, invoices and collects Council dues, provides finance-related to support to local units

Per Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA Bylaws 2019 Page 2 of 6 Article VI: Officers and Their Election, Section 1. The following provisions shall govern the qualifications and eligibility of individuals to be officers of the Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA:

  • Nominees for officer must have previously served as an officer of a local PTA/PTSA or as a committee chairperson on the Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA.
  • Only members of a local PTA/PTSA whose national, state and council dues are current shall be eligible to hold office or serve on a council committee.
  • A person who has served in an office for more than one half of a full term shall be deemed to have served a full term in such office.

In addition to seeking candidates to stand for election, the Nominating Committee also makes recommendations for chairs of each Standing Committee, which will be given to the newly elected officers to consider after the elections are held in April so they can form the official Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA Board of Directors and committee members for 2020-2021.

All materials must be received on or before  Sunday, April 1, 2020 on or before 11:59 PM Eastern time via electronic submission.  To be considered as a candidate for an elected (officer) position or chair of a Standing Committee, you must complete the following items.   

Candidate's checklist of required materials:

  • Online Application to include volunteer and community service experience and references.

?      One-page cover letter sharing your reasons for wishing to be considered for the position(s) you have indicated, as well as the skills and expertise you would bring to the position(s).  Cover letter must not exceed one side of an 8.5" X 11" single sheet of paper, in no smaller than 11 point type, single spaced with 1” margins.

?      Photo (optional)

?      Copy of current PTA membership card 

Running from the floor?

A minimum of 15 days notice will be given from the date of the election meeting. 

Deadline is Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Written notification will be sent to the President ([email protected]), Nominating Committee Chair ([email protected]), and the Secretary ([email protected]).  All items on the Candidate's Checklist above must be submitted by all members running from the floor no later than Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Election of Officers Timeline:

2/24-4/1/2020  Nominations accepted

4/1-4/4/2020     Candidate references confirmed

4/5/2020      Candidate phone interviews

4/10/2020        Slate of officers from the Nominating Committee announced

4/25/2020        Deadline for any candidate wishing to run from the floor

5/10-5/16/2020  Election of officers held-date/time/location to be announced. 

5/30/2020        Newly elected officers take office


If you have any questions about the nominating process or any difficulties in completing the application process, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair at [email protected]