Chandler Elementary Student Council Constitution
Article One (Name)
The name of this organization shall be the Chandler Elementary School Student Council, hereinafter call the Council.
Article Two (Purpose)
The purpose of the Council shall be to:
Article Three (Membership)
Section 1: All students in Grade 3 shall have the opportunity to be nominated, to vote, and to offer ideas for Council action.
Section 2: The members of the Council shall be representatives elected by their homerooms.
Section 3: Each homeroom in Grade 3 shall elect two representatives.
Section 4: The officers shall be elected from the homeroom representatives at the first official meeting. The officers shall be defined as the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.
Section 5: The principal of Chandler Elementary School shall the final authority over all actions of the Council.
Article Four (Qualifications)
Section 1: Any student who wishes to be a member of the Council shall:
Section 2: A meeting will be held with all students in Grade 3 during the second week of school each year. During the meeting, students will be informed of the standards for membership on the Council as a homeroom representative.
Article Five (Homeroom Representatives)
Section 1: Each homeroom in Grade 3 shall have two elected Council representatives and an alternate. The alternate will be the first runner-up for the position of representative should one of the two elected representatives be unable to fill his/her role.
Section 2: (Process)
Section 3: (Term of office) The term of office will be the school year for which the representative was elected.
Section 4: In the event that the elected representative is unable to fulfill his or her role to which he or she was elected, the student who was first runner-up from his/her homeroom will fulfill the obligation.
Section 5: A representative may be placed on probation for a period of one quarter when:
The decision to place an officer on probation will be made by the sponsors and the principal.
While the representative is on probation, his/her office will be filled by the first runner-up from his/her homeroom. If the representative has met the qualifications to be a representative on the Council at the end of the quarter, he/she will be reinstated to that position.
Section 6: (Removal from office) If a representative needs to be placed on probation for the second time, the representative may be removed from the Council by the sponsors and/or the principal.
Article Six (Officers)
Section 1: The officers shall be the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.
Section 2: (Process)
Section 3: (Term of office) The term of office will be the school year for which the officer was elected.
Section 4: In the event that the elected officer is unable to fulfill his or her role to which he/she was elected, the student who was first runner-up for the position will fulfill the obligation of that office. If there was no runner-up, the Council will elect one of the homeroom representatives from grade 3 to fill the vacant position.
Section 5: An officer may be placed on probation for one quarter when:
The decision to place an officer on probation will be made by the sponsors and the principal. While the officer is on probation, his/her office will be filled by the first runner-up for that position. If the officer has met the qualifications to hold an office on the Council at the end of the quarter, he/she will be reinstated to that position.
Section 6: (Removal from office) If an officer needs to be placed on probation for the second time, the officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Council with final approval by the sponsors and principal.
Article Seven (The Election Process)
Section 1: Election of Council homeroom representatives shall take place during the fourth week of school. The class members in each Grade 3 classroom will vote for each homeroom representative.
Section 2: Homeroom representatives will not be allowed to campaign for election nor will they be permitted to distribute any articles such as candy, gum, or other monetary items. Those students who are interested in running for a representative position will be allowed to stand up in class and inform their classmates about their decision to run. This will take place at the beginning of the Council election day in each third grade homeroom. Each candidate will be given 2-3 minutes to express their desire to be a homeroom representative and to explain their qualifications.
Section 3: Voting will be conducted during the fourth week of school. Voting will be done by secret ballot in each third grade homeroom class. Results will be announced as soon as the voting is complete and ballots are tallied.
Article Eight (Meetings)
Section 1: Council meetings shall take place at least once a month. The Council membership will decide each year the appropriate meeting dates and times. (Ex: first Thursday of the month at 3:30pm) An agenda shall be prepared and handed out to each member of the Council at least one day before each meeting. Council members may initiate agenda items. All items for the agenda must be submitted to the sponsors or principal two days before each meeting. Additional agenda items may be added at the beginning of each Council meeting by a majority vote of Council members. If a quorum (half of Council members plus one) is not present for a meeting, no Council action may be voted upon.
Section 2: Each homeroom representative shall conduct class meetings at least one day before and at least one day after each Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting prior to Council meetings will be to solicit ideas to take to the Council. The purpose of the meeting after the Council meeting will be to share information covered in the previous Council meeting.
Article Nine (Voting Procedures and Rules)
Section 1: Each representative shall have one vote. The sponsors vote only in case of a tie.
Section 2: All motions require a second; all motions require a majority vote of the Council members for passage.
Section 3: Any and all actions of the Chandler Student Council are not official until approved by the principal.