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Mountain Home PTO to host first meeting of the year tonight at Mountain Home High School

Mountain Home School District’s PTO will be returning Tuesday night with its first meeting of the year at the Mountain Home High School cafeteria starting at 6 p.m.

The meeting will feature a 5:30 p.m. dinner of hotdogs, chips, and drinks provided by First Security Bank.

“We will be talking about what we hope to do and plan for this year,” said Carrie Ramsey, PTO president. “How we are making changes to benefit our schools more. And then people can tour the high school.”

This year’s first PTO meeting will host Mountain Home Superintendent Dr. Jake Long, who will speak to parents about the upcoming vote on Mountain Home High Schools’ remodel. Long will then walk the parents through the campus to show them some of the problems ailing the aging high school.

Various administrators from other campuses will also be in attendance during the meeting to allow parents to begin to put names on faces for the upcoming school year.

While Long has been doing weekly walkthroughs of the campus, this year’s first PTO meeting will provide another opportunity for parents to see what the school district is currently dealing with in terms of fire safety.

Aside from the tour from Long, the PTO will also discuss forming various committees, including the Spirit Committee, which will focus on selling PTO branded t-shirts and car decals. A Welcome committee will also be formed to help new students and parents with their first year of school in Mountain Home.

Also on the docket is a discussion with attendees on the myth that the PTO is a full-time gig. The PTO is currently trying to recover from the COVID pandemic after its numbers dropped from its 500-person average to around 100 participants.

Those participating in the PTO want to be sure that parents understand that the PTO can be helped on a part-time basis and that those that work full-time can still help in other ways.

The PTO will be hosting monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month starting at 6 p.m. to better accommodate those that work, with a 5:30 p.m. meal for those that can come early.

For more information on the Mountain Home PTO, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mtnhomePTO or email MHpto@MHbombers.com.

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