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BYLAWS FOR MORSE HIGH SCHOOL

Revised May 8, 2013

Article I: Role of the Council

The council shall carry out all duties and responsibilities assigned to it through the Education Code of the state of California.

Article II: Duties of the SSC

The SSC shall carry out the following duties:

Review School and student performance data.

Periodically evaluate the progress made toward school goals to raise the academic achievement of all students.

Monitor the implementation of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and make modifications to the plan whenever the need arises.

Develop/oversee Title I parent involvement Policy and Home/School Compact.

Collaborate and seek input from other school committees such as English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), Etc.

Complete the ELAC tasks (if SSC has ELAC authority).

Annually recommend the SPSA to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education for approval.

Article III: Members

 

Section 1: Composition

 

The SSC shall minimally consist of the principal, 

four (4) classroom teacher certificated staff members,

one (12) other school personnel classified staff members, 

three (3) parent/community members, 

three (3) students, and, 

two (2) alternates representing each member category. 

The parent members may not be employees of the school. If the SSC chooses to increase membership, the above ratio must be maintained so that teachers are the majority of the SSC members (50%), students (25%) and parent/community members (25%).

Article IV: Elections

Section 2: Election of members

 

SSC members will be elected in the following manner:

Classroom teacher Certificated staff members: the nomination forms will be placed in the classroom teacher’s mailboxes during May of the election year. All classroom teachers nominated by their peers MUST accept the nomination prior to their name being placed on the official ballot. Once the official ballot has been created, classroom teachers will vote for four (4) classroom teachers. The member receiving the next highest number of votes will be classroom teacher certificated staff member alternates.

Other School Personnel Classified Staff member: the nomination forms will be placed in the other school personnel classified staff’s mailboxes during May of the election year. All classified staff members nominated by their peers MUST accept the nomination prior to their name being placed on the official ballot. Once the official ballot has been created, the other school personnel classified staff members will vote for one (1) other school personnel two (2) staff members. The members receiving the next highest number of votes will be the other school personnel classified staff member alternates.

Parent/Community members: during the month of May, nomination forms will be sent home via students. All parents/community members nominated by their peers MUST accept the nomination prior to their name being placed on the official ballot. Once the official ballot has been created, the parents/community members will vote for three (3) parent/community members. The member receiving the next highest number of votes will be parent/community member alternate.

Students:  the student member positions shall be elected by the entire student body.  During the month of September, nomination forms will be made available to students.  All students nominated by their peers MUST accept the nomination prior to their name being placed on the official ballot.  Once the official ballot has been created, the currently enrolled students will vote for three (3) student members.  The three students who receive the most votes will be the student members; the student receiving the next highest number of votes (fourth and fifth highest) will be the student alternates.  

 

 

ALL ballots will be counted by the San Diego Education Association (SDEA)

Representative, the Classified School Employee Association (CSEA)

Representative and the Associated Student Body (ASB) Advisor.

 

Section 3: Term of Office

 

Elected Classroom teacher Certificated staff members will serve a two (2) year term.

Elected Other School Personnel Classified staff members will serve a two (2) year term.

Elected parent/community members will serve a two (2) year term.

Elected alternates representing each member category will serve a one (1) year term.

Elected student members will serve a one (1) year term.

 

Section 4:  Voting Rights

 

Each member shall be entitled to one vote and may cast that vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the SSC. In the absence of a quorum, any and all alternates may cast a vote. All members must be in attendance to cast a vote. No absentee ballots shall be allowed.

 

Section 5: Termination of Membership

 

A member shall no longer hold membership should he or she cease to be a resident of the area or no longer meets the membership requirements under which they were elected (I.E., a parent who becomes employed by the district). 

The SSC may, by affirmative vote of two-thirds of all its members, suspend or expel a member.

Any elected member may terminate his or her membership by submitting a written letter of resignation to the council chairperson.

Any member who has been absent for 3 consecutive meetings is automatically terminated.

Members who have been removed from the council shall not be able to return for a period of three (3) terms.

 

Section 6: Transfer of membership

 

 Membership in the SSC may not be transferred or assigned.

 

Section 7: Vacancy

 

Any vacancy on the SSC occurring during the term of a duly elected member shall be filled by the alternate or appointee of the SSC for the period of time until the next regular election.

 

Article V: Officers

 

Section 1: Officers

 

The officers of the SSC shall be a chairperson, co-chairperson, a secretary and other officers the SSC may deem desirable. 

 

Chairperson

The chairperson shall:

Preside at all meetings of the SSC.

Sign all letters, reports, and other communications of the SSC.                                                    

Perform all duties pertinent to the office of the chairperson.

Have other such duties as are prescribed by the SSC.

The chairperson may participate in all discussions leading to a vote, but is unable to vote except to break a tie.

Co-chairperson

The Co-Chairperson shall: (a) Represent the chairperson in assigned duties. (b) Substitute for the chairperson in his/her absence.

 

Secretary

The secretary shall:

Keep minutes of all regular and special meetings of the SSC.

Transmit true and correct copies of the minutes of such meetings to members of the SSC.

Be the legal custodian of the records of the SSC.

Provide all meeting announcements and agendas prior to each SSC meeting.

Keep a register of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of each member of the SSC, the chairpersons of school advisory committees, and others with whom the SSC has regular dealings, as furnished by those persons.

Perform other such duties as are assigned by the chairperson or the SSC.

Provide all notices in accordance with these by-laws.

 

Section 2:  Election and Term of Office.

 

The officers shall be elected annually, at the first meeting of the SSC, and shall serve for one year.

Section 3: Removal of Officers

 

Any officer may be removed from their office by a two-thirds vote of all the members

 

Section 4: Vacancy

 

A vacancy in any office shall be filled at the earliest opportunity by a special election of the SSC, for the remaining portion of the term of office.

 

Article VI: Committees

Section 1: Sub and Ad Hoc Committees

The SSC council may establish and abolish such sub or special committees as it may desire. No sub or special committee may exercise the authority of the SSC.

 

Section 2: Membership

Staff members (both certificated and classified), parents/community members, and students may be a member of any sub-committee. Participation on a sub-committee is voluntary.

Article VII: Meetings of the SSC

Section 1: Meetings

The SSC council shall meet regularly on the first Tuesday of each month beginning in October. Special meetings of the SSC may be called by the chairperson or by a majority vote of the SSC.

Section 2: Place of Meetings

 

The SSC council shall hold its regularly 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. 

Alternate meeting places may be determined by the chairperson or by a majority vote of the council.

 

Section 3: Notice of Meetings

 

Written public notice shall be given of all meetings at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting. Changes in the established date, time or location shall be given special notice. 

All meetings shall be publicized in the following venues: bulletin board, e-mail, parent center, library, and school website.

All required notices shall be delivered to the SSC and committee members no less than seventy-two (72) hours, and no more than seven (7) days in advance of the meeting, either personally, mail, or email.

 

Section 4: Quorum

All decisions of the SSC council shall be made only after an affirmative vote of a majority of its members in attendance, provided a quorum is in attendance.

A majority of the members of the SSC (50% + 1) shall constitute a quorum. No action may be taken unless a quorum has been established.      

 

Section 5: Conduct of Meetings

 

Meetings of the SSC shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of order established by California Education Code Section 35147 and with Robert’s Rules of Order or an adaptation thereof approved by the council.

 

Article VIII: Amendments

An amendment of these bylaws may be made at any regular meeting of the council by a vote of two-thirds of the members present. Written notice of the proposed amendment must be submitted to the SSC members at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered for the adoption.

                        

Minutes Approve by SSC members

June 7, 2011 Signatures required