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Handbook: By-Laws to the Constitution

 

Section 1. Eligibility

A. Maximum, major and minor office holders: (See also Section 1. Method of Election)

1. To be elected or appointed to office:

a.        A student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated through the end of the previous semester.

b.       The requirement of a 3.0 GPA may be waived for special education students.

c.        A student must receive no N's or U's in the semester of running.

d.       A student must not have been determined to be guilty of a serious offense under the Code of Conduct in either the immediately preceding or current semester in which the student is running.

e.        A student must not have been determined to be guilty of cheating by the Student Honor Council in either the immediately preceding or current semester in which the student is running.

f.         A student who is not currently enrolled in Central High School must have: 1.) met with an administrator to inform the school district of his or her intent to enroll for the semester(s) in which he or she will hold office and obtained the administrator's signature, proving this meeting occurred, 2.) met with a counselor to begin a course schedule and obtained the counselor's signature proving this meeting occurred.

2. To maintain eligibility after election:

a.        A student must maintain an overall GPA of 4.5 calculated through the end of the previous semester.

b.       The same eligibility rules and procedures for UIL apply.

c.        A student who fails a semester in any course will be removed from that office.

d.       A student who receives an N or a U in conduct will be removed from the office.

e.        A student who is determined to be guilty of a serious offense under the Code of Conduct in the semester in which elected or in any subsequent semester will be removed from that office.

f.         A student who is found guilty of cheating by the Student Honor Council will be removed from office immediately.

g.       Must be carrying three academic subjects each semester of the school year in which running and/or serving. (A course dropped while failing counts as a failing grade for the semester.)

h.       All candidates/officers must maintain all eligibility requirements from time of sign-up until the office is relinquished. Failure to meet eligibility requirements at any time will result in immediate removal from office.

B. If an office holder should be absent from school he should be held in accordance with Central attendance policies.
C. When report cards are issued, office holders are to show them to each of their sponsors or to the eligibility chairman if on the Council so the eligibility can be checked. Names of ineligible office holders are then sent to the Council office. No student is eligible for competitive honors after he has spent eight semesters in Central High School.
D. All officers shall be elected for one school year unless specified otherwise in this Constitution or individual club constitutions.
E. Students may not run for office unless they plan to stay in school throughout the entire term of office. No student is allowed to hold any office after he has completed eight semesters in senior high school. No student may resign from one office to become eligible for another unless he does so in the semester preceding the election of the other office.
F. If a student is asked to resign from any office by his sponsor because of citizenship grades, he must resign from all the offices he holds and surrender to the sponsors any and all symbols of such offices. Any person losing an office because of scholarship ineligibility may not be elected to that office or to any other in the same organization for the remainder of the semester.
G. Officers, according to their classification, are as follows: (Awards criteria are listed under Hall of Fame Awards.)

1. Maximum Awards – the following officers are eligible for Maximum Awards:

a.        The Central News Editors in Chief

b.       The Central News Managing Editors

c.        The Central Yearbook Senior Staff Editors

d.       Student Council President

e.        Student Council Vice-President

f.         Student Council Secretary

g.       Student Council Treasurer

h.       Central Yearbook Band Drum Major

i.         Central Yearbook Band President

j.         CentralTV Student Program Manager

k.        Highland Belles Captain

l.         Tartan Chair

A Maximum Officer may also hold one major office.

2. Major Awards – the following officers are eligible for Major Awards:

a.        The Central News Section Editors

b.       Central Yearbook Section Editors

c.        Varsity Cheerleaders

d.       Senior Class Officers

e.        Junior Class Officers

f.         Sophomore Class Officers

g.       Spirit Committee Officers

h.       Student Congress President

i.         Student Congress Vice President (2)

j.         Student Congress Secretary

k.        Student Congress Treasurer

l.         Student Council Parliamentarian

m.      Student Council Representatives

n.       CentralTV Executive Producers

o.       Band Officers

p.       Tartan Officers

q.       Highland Belle Officers

r.         Community Service Council President

s.        Community Service Council Vice Presidents (3)

t.         Community Service Council Secretary

u.       Community Service Council Treasurer

A Major Officer may also hold another major office or a Maximum office.

3. Minor Awards – the following are eligible for Minor Awards:

a.        Club Presidents

b.       Captains of Athletic teams

c.        Media and Publication staffs

d.       Spirit Committee members

e.        Freshman Class Council

f.         Student Congress Chairs

g.       Community Service Council Chairs

A student may hold an unlimited number of minor offices.

H. No candidate may run for two positions simultaneously.
I. If at any time an officer should fail to fulfill the foregoing requirements, it shall be the duty of the sponsor automatically to dismiss him and declare the office vacant.
J. Any candidate wishing a recount of votes must request it in writing the first school day after results are announced (posted). Recounts will only be made when paper (hand-counted) ballots are used.
K. A recount is mandatory in any school-wide election where results are within 50 votes and voting machines are not used and in any election where results are within 10 votes.
L. Any student impeached and removed from office as set forth in Article VIII of the Constitution may not be re-elected to that office.
M. No student may serve on the Council in more than one elective capacity at the same time.
N. No Student Council member, elected or appointed, will be allowed to serve simultaneously as a class officer.

Section 2. Method of Selection

A. Council representatives shall be elected from the eighth grade, freshman, sophomore, and junior classes in the following manner:

1.        Candidates for these positions must hand in written applications at least thirty days before the election to the Council sponsors.

2.        At each grade level the five candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be the representatives.

B. The president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Council shall be elected in the following manner:

1.        Candidates for the offices must hand in written applications at least thirty days before the election to the Council sponsors.

2.        The candidates receiving the majority of votes shall be the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Council. If the candidate receiving the most votes does not receive a majority, a run-off will be held with the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.

3.        Candidates must comply with all Student Council Guidelines regarding election.

C. Student Council Election Guidelines

1.        Students must come by the Student Council office and pick up an application. The application must be completed and signed at least thirty days before the elections. There will be a week-long sign-up period approximately thirty days before the election. It is at this time that applications must be completed and signed. Failure to do so will result in the removal from the election process.

2.        All candidates must fulfill all requirements of eligibility as described in the Student Council Constitution of the Handbook under the By-Laws (Section - 1) including the eligibility rules of the Code of Conduct Appendix B.

3.        Speeches will be given by maximum officer candidates and will be strictly enforced to a maximum time limit of three minutes. Anything over three minutes will result in the termination of the presentation. The sponsors of the Student Council will preview speeches the week of elections for approval. If speeches are changed in any way (without exception), the candidate will be notified and disqualified immediately after the completion of the speech.

4.        All candidates may have two campaign posters with each poster being half the size of a whole poster board. One poster will go in the commons and the other in the cafeteria. Posters must be brought by the Student Council office for approval. After the posters are approved, they may be hung in the cafeteria and the commons. Any non-approved poster that appears, without exception, will result in the disqualification of the candidate. exception, will result in the disqualification of the candidate.

5.        Candidates may also have one campaign flyer that must be approved by the Student Council sponsor and the administrative supervisor of the Student Council. After the flyer is approved, and unlimited number of copies may be placed in designated areas throughout the school.

6.        Buttons, stickers, candy, and any type of campaign item are not allowed. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. allowed. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

7.        Any music, dancing, costumes, or crowd participation is not allowed before, during, of after the speeches. This will be strictly enforced and failure to comply will result in disqualification. allowed before, during, or after the speeches. This will be strictly enforced and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

8.        The Student Council must approve any personal props.

9.        Any variation or failure to comply with these rules will result in the immediate termination of the candidate's presentation and disqualification from the election.

D. Scotsmen:

1.        Requirements for scholarship and citizenship for Scotsmen candidates shall remain the same as for other offices. If elected, eligibility must be maintained as in By-Laws, Section

2.        Candidates for Scotsmen must hand in written applications to Student Council at least 30 days before the election.
3. Scotsmen will be chosen from the junior class and serve as Scotsmen their senior year. There will be 6 Scotsmen. Candidates for Scotsmen will be elected by using two criteria: interview committee of school administrators and student body vote. Within the week of student body elections, each candidate will be interviewed by the committee. The percentages for election will be: student body vote - 75% and interview committee - 25%.

E. Senior Class Officers, Junior Class Officers, and Sophomore Class Officers

1.        Candidates for the office must hand in written applications to the Council sponsor at least 30 days prior to the election.

F. The following elections shall be held in the Spring semester:

1.        Senior Class Officers

2.        Junior Class Officers

3.        Sophomore Class Officers

4.        Varsity Cheerleaders

5.        JV Cheerleaders

6.        Student Council President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Class Representatives.

7.        Upper Classmen Honor Council

F. The ballots of the Student Council Election Committee shall be sealed and counted only in the case of a tie vote in a race where only two candidates are running and where the office must have a majority for election.

G. Members of the Senior Class at Central High School shall not vote in any spring elections for student positions.

Section 3. Student Council Appointees

Those members of the Council and of the Student Court who are appointed by the Council President and/or the Council Executive Committee shall be considered under the following conditions:

A. Must meet the following criteria:

1.        Must meet basic eligibility requirements in By-Laws, Section 1.

2.        Must exhibit the following positive characteristics:

a.        Leadership

b.       Scholarship

c.        Citizenship

d.       Service

e.        Judgment

f.         Maturity

g.       Integrity

h.       Independence

B. Must be selected from a list supplied by the Council Executive Committee and approved by the Council sponsors.

Section 4. Duties of Officers

A. President of the Student Council

1.        To appoint a parliamentarian and eight members who shall serve as members of the Council.

2.        To preside at meetings of the Council and Executive/Election Committee.

3.        To appoint all committees necessary to the business at hand.

4.        To share with the Executive/Election Committee the right to call any special meetings of the Council with concurrence of the sponsors.

5.        To remain in readiness to preside at any school assembly upon the request of the campus administrators.

6.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

B. Vice President of the Student Council

1.        To perform all duties and exercise all powers of the president in case of the president's absence or removal from office.

2.        To be chairman of the Central Improvement Committee.

3.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

C. Secretary of the Student Council

1.        To keep in the minutes an accurate record of the proceedings of the Council meetings and the Executive/Election Committee meetings.

2.        To keep a list of the Council members showing their terms of office.

3.        To send all necessary notices to the membership of the Council.

4.        To keep a record of the committees and their members.

5.        To have copies of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Council at all meetings of the Council and the Executive/Election Committee.

6.        To have charge of all records not belonging to other offices.

7.        To keep on record copies of all bills, resolutions, and amendments passed by the Council and those passed by the student body.

8.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

D. Treasurer of the Student Council

1.        To keep a record of funds of the Council in conjunction with the activity treasurer.

2.        To keep an accurate record of the revenues and expenditures of the Council.

3.        To turn in to the Council a complete financial record of the school year.

4.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

E. Parliamentarian of the Student Council

1.        To advise the president and other Council members on parliamentary procedure.

2.        To serve on the Student Court.

3.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

F. Senior Representatives

1.        To serve on the Executive/Election Committee.

2.        To schedule one period a day in the Student Council Office for two semesters.

G. Attendance

1.        All members of the Council shall attend all meetings of the Council and be on time to said meetings.

2.        Three unexcused absences shall be grounds for dismissal from office.

3.        Three tardy arrivals to meetings shall constitute an unexcused absence.

Section 5. Duties of Executive/Election Committee

A. To share with the president the right to call special meetings with the concurrence of the sponsors.

B. To keep a record of the eligibility of Council members and of all school officers.

C. To pass on all matters before said matters are submitted to the Council.

D. To carry out the policy of the Council if the Council is not in session.

E. To act as the governing body of all school elections.

Section 6. Quorum

A. majority of the total membership of the Council shall constitute a quorum to conduct Council business.

B. A majority of the total membership of the Executive/Election Committee shall constitute a quorum to conduct Executive/Election Committee business.

Section 7. Parliamentary Text

Robert's Rules of Order shall be the standard parliamentary text of the Council and shall govern in any case for which no other provision is made.

Section 8. Amendment of By-Laws

The By-Laws of the Student Council Constitution shall be amended in the same manner as the Constitution.

 

 


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