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Handbook: The Constitution of the Student Council

 

Revised 2004

Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Student Council of Central High School, hereafter referred to as the Council.

Article II - Purpose

The purposes of this organization are the following:

A.      To help maintain a form of student government, which increases communication and cooperation among pupils, teachers, and administrators.

B.       To distinguish ourselves as representatives of the student body and for the student body with an influence of leadership as positive role models.

C.       To involve the entire student body in positive academic, athletic, and social events.

D.      To provide school wide and community fund raising.

Article III - Organization

Section 1. Membership

The Council shall be composed of the following:

A.      Five representatives-at-large elected from the junior class each spring by the junior class general election to take office in the fall.

B.       Five representatives-at-large elected from the sophomore class each spring by the sophomore class general election to take office in the fall.

C.       Five representatives-at-large elected from the freshman class each spring by the freshman general election to take office in the fall.

D.      Five representatives-at-large elected from the Central Middle School eighth grade class each spring by the eighth grade general election to take office in the fall.

E.       The president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Council elected from the sophomore or junior class each spring by the student body general election to take office in the fall.

F.       One parliamentarian appointed by the president and approved by the elected representatives-at-large who will not be a voting member.

G.       Eight honorary members selected by secret ballot by the Student Council. Four shall be from the sophomore class and four from the junior class. A list of twelve nominees (six from the sophomore class and six from the junior class) will be supplied by the Council Executive Committee from which the Student Council will select the eight honorary members.

H.      All Student Council members will serve one year terms.

Section 2. Vacancy

A.      A vacancy in the office of president shall be filled by the vice president. A new vice-president shall then be appointed by the senior class elected representatives-at-large and approved by the entire Council and the sponsors.

B.       Vacancies in the Council shall be filled by appointment of the president with approval of the Council and the sponsors.

C.       Vacancies in other organizations shall be filled by the sponsor of that organization with approval of the Council.

Article IV - Officers

The officers of the Council shall be a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, and a parliamentarian.

Article V - Student Court

There shall be a Student Court to interpret this Constitution and to rule on violations of rules contained in or related to the Constitution.

Section 1. Membership

A.      The Student Court shall consist of the parliamentarian of the Council and two students from each class (one boy and one girl each) appointed by the president with Council and sponsor approval. These members shall not be on the Council while serving on the Student Court.

B.       A chairman, not to be the parliamentarian, shall be elected from and by the Student Court.

Section 2. Powers

A.      The Student Court shall have the power to interpret the Constitution and to rule on violations to it.

B.       The Student Court shall have the power to rule on violations in activities supervised by the Council.

Section 3. Participation of the Faculty

A.      There shall be a teacher advisory committee composed of teachers appointed by the school principal. These teachers shall have been employed at Central High School for a minimum of three years.

B.       The teachers so appointed shall have no connection with the cases being heard by the Student Court.

C.       The number of these teacher advisors shall be no less than three.

Article VI - Student Congress

Section 1. Membership

A.      The Student Congress shall consist of the entire Student Council and the voluntary members who satisfy the membership standards.

B.       In order to remain a member in good standing, Student Congress representatives must be a member of at least one Student Council committee, must participate in planning at least two Student Council activities each semester, and must attend all meetings of the Student Congress unless the absence is excused.

Section 2. Powers

A.      The Student Congress will serve as a tool of communication for the student body.

B.       The Student Congress will meet at least 2-3 times each semester to discuss school issues and advise the Student Council.

C.       The Student Congress may elect for itself officers including President, Vice President, Secretary, and any other officers deemed necessary.

Article VII - Meetings of the Student Council

Section 1. Regular Meetings

Regular meetings of the Council shall be held once every week or at a time set by the sponsors of the Council.

Section 2. Special Meetings

The presiding officer, or the Executive Committee with the concurrence of the sponsors, may call a special meeting at any time.

Article VIII - Council Executive Committee

The Council Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers of the Council and the elected senior representatives-at-large.

Article IX - Powers

The powers of the Council shall be as follows:

A.      The right to impeach and remove any member of the Council for reasons of undesirable character or neglect of duty. The Executive Committee shall have sole power of impeachment by a two-thirds vote. The Council shall try all impeachment cases. No one shall be convicted and removed without the concurrence of two-thirds of the Council members present. The elected chairman of the Student Court shall be the presiding officer at all impeachment trials.

B.       The right to initiate rules and regulations for the student body and submit them to the student body for a vote.

C.       The right to conduct business relating to the Council, school body and the community.

D.      Any other rights given to it by the principal or voted to it by the student body with the approval of the principal.

Article X - Statutes

Section 1. Divisions

There shall be two divisions of statutes to govern the student body as herein described:

Division 1. Any rule set by the administration of this school shall become a statute under Division 1.
Division 2. Any measure passed by the Council by a majority and by the student body by a majority vote shall become a statute under Division 2.

Section 2. Conferring with Principal

The Council may send a committee of three, appointed by the president, to confer with the principal on any statute passed under Division 1.

Article XI - Veto

The final power of veto on any action rests with the principal.

Article XII - Amendments

Section 1. Initiating Amendments

Amendments to the Constitution may be initiated in three ways.

A.      By action of the Executive Committee of the Council.

B.       By petition of the student body.

C.       By administrative regulation.

Section 2. Procedure for Amending

The Constitution may be amended under Section 1.A in the following manner:

A.      A proposed amendment to the Constitution must be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee at least one week before it is voted on.

B.       The proposed amendment must pass the Executive Committee by a majority present before it is submitted to the Council.

C.       The Executive Committee must advise the members of the Council of the nature and contents of the proposed amendment at least one day in advance of the date upon which the proposed amendment is to be voted on by the Council.

D.      If the proposed amendment receives a two-thirds vote of the membership present at the Council meeting, it shall pass the Council.

E.       If the proposed amendment passes the Council, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to the student body for a vote. It shall become an amendment to the Constitution of the Council provided it carries a majority of the students voting.

Section 3. Petitioning

The Constitution may be amended under Section 1.B if a petition containing the names of 100 students is presented to the Council and voted on under Sections 2.C, 2.D, and 2.E.

Section 4. Administrative Order

The Constitution may be amended under Section 1.C by administrative order. The Council may send a committee of three, appointed by the president, to confer with the principal on any amendment under Section 1.C.

 

 


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