Parent Teacher Organization PTO


The PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at James B Edwards Elementary by fostering relationships among the school, parents, teachers and community. 



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If you would like to volunteer at JBE, you must first register with Raptor. This includes chaperones for field trips, classroom volunteers, and PTO volunteers. 

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Executive Board:

Welcome and huge thanks for our 2020 -2021 PTO Board Members. We owe a debt of gratitude to these members of our community that donate their time and talent for the betterment of the best little school in the Lowcountry!




Katie D. Edwards

The President is the head of the PTO Executive Board, drives forward the PTO mission and vision, and oversees all of its activities. 

  • Preside at general PTO meetings and executive board meetings.
  • Serve as primary contact to the principal and represent the PTO at meetings of other groups, if needed.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Retain all official records of the PTO.
  • Assist when necessary in any of the various activities the PTO hosts.
  • Send out regular communications to the school community.

Vice President

Anna Upbin

The Vice President assists the president and plays a role in running the day-to-day operations of the PTO.

  • Participate in executive board meetings and provide input for decisions.
  • Perform the duties of the president if the president is absent or unable to serve.
  • Provides training and leadership support for the committee chair people.
  • Serve as bylaws expert.
  • Be a liaison for new families.


Beth Howard and Katie Catalana (co-chairs)

The Treasurer is the custodian of the parent group's funds through management of budgeting, collection, and budget execution tracking and management.

  • Works with executive board and committee chairs to develop annual budget.
  • Shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures.
  • Collects and tracks fundraising money.
  • Writes checks for purchases and reimbursements in accordance with approval of the executive board.
  • Tracks and reconciles income and spending on a monthly basis.
  • Develops and creates monthly and annual financial reports to maintain transparency.
  • Organizes the books for annual audit.
  • Shall handle all accounts receivable.
  • Count and deposit all moneys received.
  • Record to which account the moneys shall be posted.

Secretary / Comms

Ryan Lemire

The Secretary supports record-keeping for the PTO and the communications committee in their outward communications and marketing.

  • Supports preparation of agendas for general meetings.
  • Record and distribute minutes of executive board meetings and general meetings.
  • Maintain a complete file of all approved minutes, agendas, and materials distributed at any official PTO meeting.

Strategic Initiatives

Jodi Fuqa

Strategic initiatives focuses on long term plans and programs.

  • Field Trips
  • Technology and Media Lab
  • Greenhouse
  • Boat Building
  • Special Curriculum
  • Inclusion


Faculty Relations

Amelia Smith and Shannon Rice (co-chairs)

Staff Appreciation

  • Treat Cart
  • Staff Meals
  • Wellness
  • Coffee Providers
  • Zen Den

Volunteer Coordination

  • Recess
  • Lunch Coverage
  • Room Parents



Community Building

McRae Hogan and Rebecca Sailor (co-chairs)


  • Christmas Parade
  • May Day
  • Field Day
  • Celebration Days
  • Awareness Days
  • Fact and Fee Family Night
  • Kindercamp




2021 – 2022 PTO Budget Snapshot - Funding Per Area



Budget Status (as of 9 March 2022)


Download the March 2022 Budget









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