Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy
BYLAWS FOR SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL 2016-2017
NAME OF COUNCIL
The name of this council shall be Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy School Site Council.
ROLE OF COUNCIL
The school plan shall be developed and recommended by the School Site Council. The School Site Council, following approval of the school plan by the school district governing board, shall have ongoing responsibility to review with the principal, teachers, other school personnel and pupils, the implementation of the School-Based Coordinated Program (or the Motivation and Maintenance program) and to assess periodically the effectiveness of such program. Modifications or any improvement to the plan shall be developed, recommended, and approved or disapproved in the same manner. The council shall carry out all other duties and responsibilities assigned to it through the Education Code of the state of California.
The needs and resources of the School-Based Coordinated Program (or Motivation and Maintenance Program) require that staff membership include broad representation of parents, students, and staff, including socioeconomic and ethnic groups represented at the school. The minimum standards for representation on the council shall be: the principal, teachers selected by teachers at the school, other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school, and parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents. The council shall be constituted to ensure balance between (a) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel and (b) parents or other community members selected by parents. Classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of those persons representing school staff. Council members representing parents, other community members, or pupils shall not be employees of the school district.
Section 2- Term of Office
All members of the council should serve for a two-year term. However, in order to achieve staggered membership, one-half, or the nearest approximation thereof, of the members representing parents or community members and one-half, or the nearest approximation thereof, of the members representing teachers and other school personnel (except the principal) shall serve for a one-year term only during first year of the council’s existence. After the first year of the council’s existence, all terms should be two years in length. At the first regular meeting of the council, a chance method shall be used to determine which members shall serve one-year terms. At the conclusion of a member’s term, at least one year should elapse before such member may be selected to a new term.
Section 3- Voting Rights
Each member shall be entitled to one vote and may cast that vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the council.
Section 4- Termination of Membership
A member shall no longer hold membership should he or she no longer meet the membership requirements under which they were selected, e.g., a parent becomes employed by the district. Membership shall automatically terminate for any member who is absent from all regular meetings for a period of two meetings.
Section 5-Transfer of Membership
Membership in the School Site Council is not transferable or assignable.
Section 6- Resignation
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the chairperson of the School Site Council.
Section 7- Vacancy
Any vacancy on the council shall be filled for the remainder of the school year by appointment by the chairperson. If the unexpired term is for another full year, thereafter, the term for that year shall be filled by the regular selection process.
Section 1- Officers
The officers of the School Site Council shall be a chairperson and a secretary and such other officers, as the council may deem desirable.
Section 2- Election of Term of Office
The officers of the School Site Council shall be elected annually and shall serve for one year or until each successor has been elected.
Section 3- Removal
Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of all members sitting on the School Site Council. Whenever, in the judgment of the council, the best interests of the council would be served thereby.
Section 4- Vacancy
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise shall, by special election, be filled by the School Site Council for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 5- Chairperson
The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the School Site Council and may sign letters, reports, and other communications of the School Site Council. In addition, the chairperson shall perform all duties incident to the office of chairperson and such other duties as may be prescribed by the School Site Council from time to time.
Section 6- Secretary
The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings, both regular and special, of the governing board and shall promptly transmit to each of the members, to the school district, and to such persons as the School Site Council may deem, true and correct copies of the minutes of such meetings; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; be custodian of the School Site Council records; keep a register of the address and telephone number of each member of the School Site Council which shall be furnished by the secretary by such member; and, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and such duties as from time to time may be assigned to the office by the chairperson or by the School Site Council.
Section 1- Standing and Special Committees
The School Site Council may from time to time establish and abolish such standing or special committees as it may desire. No standing or special committee may exercise the authority of the School Site Council.
Section 2- Membership
Unless otherwise determined by the School Site Council in its decision to establish a committee, the chairperson of the School Site Council shall appoint members to the various committees.
Section 3- Term of Office
Each member of a committee shall continue as such for the term of his or her appointment and until his or her successor is appointed, unless the committee shall be sooner terminated or abolished, or unless such member shall cease to qualify as a member thereof.
Section 4- Rules
Each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with the bylaws or with rules adopted by the School Site Council or with policies of the governing board.
Section 5- Quorum
Unless otherwise provided in the decision of the School Site Council designating a committee, a majority of the committee shall constitute quorum, and the act of a majority of the members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee.
Section 6- Vacancy
A vacancy in the membership of any committee may be filled by an appointment made in the same manner as provided in the case of the original appointment.
MEETINGS OF THE SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
Section 1- Regular Meetings
School Site Council shall meet regularly, about once per month.
Section 2- Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the chairperson or by majority vote of the School Site Council.
Section 3- Place of Meetings
The School Site Council shall hold its regular monthly meetings and its special meetings in a facility provided by the school and readily accessible by all members of the public, including handicapped persons.
Section 4- Notice of Meetings
Public notice shall be given of regular meetings at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Any change in the established date, time, or location must be given special notice. All special meetings shall be publicized. Any required notice shall be in writing: shall state the day, hour, and location of the meetings: and shall be delivered either personally or by mail to each member not less than 72 hours prior to the date of such meeting.
Section 5- Decision of the School Site Council
All decisions of the School site Council shall be made only after an affirmative vote of a majority of its members in attendance provided a quorum is in attendance.
Section 6- Quorum
The presence of 51 percent of the total membership shall be required in order to constitute a quorum necessary for the transaction of the business of the School Site Council.
Section 7- Conduct of Meetings
All regular and special meetings of the School Site Council shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rule of Order or in accordance with appropriate adaptation thereof.
Section 8- Meetings Open to the Public
All regular and special meetings of the School Site Council and of its standing or special committees shall be open at all times to the public.