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Article I

Duties of the School Site Council


The school site council of WilsonMiddle School, hereinafter referred to as the council, shall carry out the following duties:

  • Make recommendations for, and review of the proposed Single Plan for Student Achievement from all school advisory committees

  • Develop and approve the plan and related expenditures in accordance with all state and federal laws and regulations

  • Recommend the plan and expenditures to the District Board of Education for approval

  • Provide ongoing review of the implementation of the plan with the principal, teachers, and other school staff members

  • Make modifications to the plan whenever the need arises

  • Submit the modified plan for governing board approval whenever a material change (as defined in district governing board policy) is made in planned activities or related expenditures

  • Annually, (and at each semester, trimester, etc.) evaluate the progress made toward school goals to raise the academic achievement of all students

  • Carry out all other duties assigned to the council by the district governing board and by state law


Article II

Members

Section A: Composition


The council shall be composed of at least 12 members, selected by their peers, as follows:


Four (4) classroom teachers

One (1) other school staff member

Three (3) parents or community members

Three (3) student members


The school principal shall be an ex-officio (voting) member of the council . Council members chosen to represent parents may be employees of the school district so long as they are not employed at this school.


Section B: Term of Office

Council members shall be elected for a two (2) year term. Half, or the nearest approximation thereof, of each representative group shall be elected during odd years, and the remaining number of elected during even years. At the first regular meeting of the council, each member's current term of office shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. When a council members term expires they may run and if elected serve for another two (2) year term.


Section C: Voting Rights

Each member of the council is entitled to one vote and may cast that vote on any matter submitted to a vote of the council. Absentee ballots shall not be permitted.


Section D: Termination of Membership

The council may, by an 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.


Section E: Transfer of Membership

Membership on the council may not be assigned or transferred.


Section F: Vacancy

Any vacancy on the council occurring during the term of a duly elected member shall be filled by the seating of a previously elected alternate member to fill the remainder of the year of the vacant seat until the next regular election each fall.

Article III

Officers


Section A: Officers

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


The chairperson shall:

  • Preside at all meetings of the council

  • Sign all letters, reports, and other communications of the council

  • Perform all duties incident to the office of the chairperson

  • Have other such duties as are prescribed by the council


The vice-chairperson shall:

  • Represent the chairperson in assigned duties
  • Substitute for the chairperson in his/her absence

The secretary shall:

  • Keep minutes of all regular and special meetings of the council

  • Transmit true and correct copies of the minutes of such meetings to members of the council within three (3) weeks after a meeting. All minutes will be translated in English and Spanish for the council and also available to the following persons:

- AllSchool Staff Members (in the "Wilson Weekly" newsletter)

- General Community in the Main Office

  • Provide all notices in accordance with these bylaws

  • Be custodian of the records of the council

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

  • Perform other such duties as are assigned by the chairperson or the council


Section B: Election and Terms of Office

The officers shall be elected annually, at the second meeting of the council held in October, and shall serve a term of one year.

Section C: Removal of Officers

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


Section D: Vacancy

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


Article IV

Committees

Section A: Sub-committees

The council may establish and abolish sub-committees of their own membership to perform duties as prescribed by the council. At least one member representing teachers and one member representing parents shall make up the sub-committee. No sub-committee may exercise the authority of the council.


Section B: Other Standing and Special Committees

The council may establish and abolish standing or special committees with such composition and to perform such duties as shall be prescribed by the council. No such committee may exercise the authority of the council.


Section C: Terms of Office

The council shall determine the terms of office for members of a committee.


Section D: Rules

Each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with these bylaws or rules adopted by the council, or policies of the district governing board.


Section E: Quorum

A majority (greater than 51% or at least 7 members) of the members of the committee shall constitute a quorum, unless otherwise determined by the council. The act of a majority of the members present shall be the act of the committee, provided a quorum is present.


Article V

Meetings of the Council


Section A: Meetings

The council shall meet regularly on the first Thursday of each month. Special meetings of the council may be called by the chairperson or by a majority vote of the council.


Section B: Place of Meetings

The council shall hold its regular meetings at a facility provided by the school, unless such a facility accessible to the public, including handicapped persons, is unavailable. Alternate meeting places may be determined by the chairperson or by majority vote of the council and must be posted in the Main Office at least one week before the meeting.


Section C: Notice of Meetings

Written public notice shall be given of all meetings at least 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:

  • Each Grade Level Student Support Office,

  • School Website

  • On the Marquee in the front of the school, and

  • Bulletin Board in the Reception Area of the Main Office


All required notices shall be delivered to council and committee members no less than three days (72 hours), and no more than seven (7) days in advance of the meeting personally, by mail and/or e-mail.


Section D: Quorum

The act of the majority of the members present shall be the act of the council, provided a quorum is in attendance, and no decision may otherwise be attributed to the council. A majority of the members of the council (greater than 51% or at least 7 members) shall constitute a quorum.


Section E: Conduct of Meetings

Meetings of the council shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of order established by California Education Code Section 35147 (c) and with Robert's Rules of Order.


Section F: Meetings Open to the Public

All meetings of the council, and of committees established by the council, shall be open to the public. Notice of such meetings shall be provided in accordance with Section C of this article.


Article VI

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 council members at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered for adoption.

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