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Riverside Elementary School PTO leadership resigns over finance changes

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Parents on Riverside Elementary School's non-profit parent teacher organization have resigned over the way the school's takeover of their finances has been handled.

"The money does not belong to the school," said Cyndi Griffin. "It does not belong to the children. It belongs to the organization."

Griffin and Brittany Giametta are two of the non-profit's former leaders who stepped down.

The changes all started here at Riverside Elementary School when parents say the principal walked in on the PTO meeting and told them that administration was taking over finances.

"The school will be accountable for all of the accounting and banking," explained Principal Judy Bonadio. "But of course, the PTO will have the same level of involvement."

Judy Bonadio is the principal of Riverside. Griffin and Giametta say they have often been at odds with her over handling of some activities.

"She has not been active in work involvement at our functions or events, or supportive of certain things," said Griffin and Giametta.

Principal Bonadio acknowledges their differences, and stresses that the organization has done nothing wrong.

"In any school or business for that matter, there is always going to be conflict," said Bonadio. "I can't speak to why they resigned their positions. I mean, I fully expected them to finish out the school year with us, so whatever their reasons were, I'm not fairly certain of their decision but this is my sixth year here at riverside and there was never any concern that was raised."

But despite their at times adversarial relationship, the former PTO leaders only want what's best for the school, and for all Columbia County schools to be on the same page.

"We want there to be a system of checks and balance and procedures that will apply to all, all of the county to protect the school as well as the committees, clubs, and PTOs that are going to be impacted by this," they said.

Riverside's parent teacher organization leadership will now have to move on without them.

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