GLENDALE : PTA Volunteers Save Schools $2.5 Million


Volunteers who work with 17 parent-teacher associations affiliated with the Glendale Unified School District saved the district $2.5 million in its 1993-94 fiscal year, according to a report released this week.

Officials computed the savings using the number of volunteer hours--about 125,391--recorded by the associations for the 1993-94 school year multiplied by a $20 value Price Waterhouse gave each volunteer hour, said Glendale Council PTA President Susan Hunt.

Hunt, who drafted a report announcing the savings to the Board of Education, added that the number of hours volunteers donated to the district in 1993-94 translates into 113 six-hour employees, or 63 full-time employees, who worked an average of 2,000 hours each.


“These numbers reflect the value of volunteers in terms of dollars not spent by the district to educate students,” Hunt said.

The first PTA council began sending volunteers into Glendale schools in 1910 when the city was divided into several smaller districts, said district spokesman Vic Pallos.

The Glendale Council PTA, the governing body that oversees all 25 PTAs serving the district’s 28 schools, started computing the value of volunteer hours in the 1992-93 school year, Pallos said.