Preparing All Students for Success in College and Career

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PREAMBLE

We, the citizens of Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School,

in order to establish a student run representative government that will work to 

- uphold the academic and social principles of this school

- provide a means for the orderly administration of school functions

- promote and encourage events and activities that are in the best interest

   of the students, school and community

- foster a spirit of cooperation

do install and establish this constitution.


ARTICLE I - NAME

The official name of this organization shall be the Associated Student Body (ASB) of Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School.


ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

SECTION 1: The purpose of MacArthur ASB is to foster school spirit, encourage and support school activities and events, and cooperate and coordinate with staff and administration in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the school.


SECTION 2: School spirit is defined as a willingness to support all school matters pertaining to the welfare of students, as well as a generous support of all school activities.


ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: Any student regularly enrolled in Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School shall be considered a member of the Associated Student Body and shall have all constitutional privileges unless otherwise specified.


SECTION 2: All members of the staff of Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School shall be considered honorary members of this organization.


SECTION 3: Any other honorary membership in the Associated Student Body of Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School may be conferred by a majority vote of the Student Council.


ARTICLE IV - STUDENT COUNCIL

SECTION 1: The executive and legislative powers of the Associated Student Body shall be vested in the Student Council.


SECTION 2: The Student Council shall have charge of the following:

a) All activities of the Associated Student Body

b) All Associated Student Body meetings

c) The confirmation of all appointments and approval of the establishment of new clubs on campus

d) Legislative power and the execution of any legislation created by the Associated Student body

e) Associated Student Body funds with approval of the Student Council advisor(s) and school administration


SECTION 3: All members of the Student Council shall have regular voting privileges with the exception of the ASB president.


SECTION 4: The ASB president shall vote only to break a tie or to make a 2/3 vote.


SECTION 5: The principal shall designate a member of the faculty to sit on the Board of Control. This person will be referred to as the Student Council Advisor.


ARTICLE V - STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS

SECTION 1: Officers of this organization shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, School Site Council Representative, Student Activities

Chairperson, Publicity Chairperson, Historian and three Sixth Grade Representatives.


SECTION 2: Commissioners shall be appointed to address specified needs within the school.  The number and duties of these positions may be changed and/or adapted as needed on a yearly basis


SECTION 3: No student shall be elected or appointed to more than one office during a school year unless by special appointment by the Student Council Advisor.


SECTION 4: A special appointment shall occur when a Student Council member resigns, moves or is removed from office.


ARTICLE VI - QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE

SECTION 1: All members of the Associated Student Body who meet the academic and citizenship requirements for eligibility at Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School shall be eligible to hold office in the Student Council.


SECTION 2: All candidates must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, no "F" grades, and no "N" or "U" citizenship grades at the grading period preceding the election.


SECTION 3: All candidates must be interviewed by the Student Council Advisor(s) as a prerequisite to final candidacy approval.


SECTION 4: All Student Council members are to maintain the election qualifications as stated in Article VII during their term of office.


ARTICLE VII - DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1: All ASB (Student Council) officers shall be responsible for carrying out the duties assigned to them by this Constitution and by the Student Council Advisor(s) and all adopted policies regarding said officers.


SECTION 2: The Student Body President shall:

a) be the executive officer of the Student Council.

b) preside at all Student Council meetings.

c) have the power to appoint committees.

d) coordinate all Associated Student Body activities.

e) be an 8th grade student (elected position).

f) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times.


SECTION 3: The Student Body Vice President shall:

a) perform all the duties of the president during his/her absence.

b) assume the office of President during his/her absence.

c) be responsible for any work done on any committees appointed by the president.

d) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

e) be a student in either the 7th or 8th grade (elected position).


SECTION 4: The Secretary shall:

a) record the minutes of all Student Council meetings

b) post minutes where designated.

c) assist with correspondence between clubs, committees, etc.

d) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

e) be a student in any grade level (elected position).


SECTION 4: The Treasurer shall:

a) report the financial status of the Student Council and school clubs at all Student Council meetings.

b) submit to all clubs a copy of their financial status each month.

c) assist the Student Council advisor(s) in maintaining a financial record of all Student Body transactions.

d) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

e) be a student in any grade level (elected position).


SECTION 5: The Schol Site Council Representative shall:

a) attend monthly School Site Council Meetings.

b) record notes for all School Site Council Meetings.

c) present the notes for each School Site Council Meeting at the following ASB Meeting.

d) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

e) be a student in any grade level (elected position).


SECTION 6: The Student Activities Chairperson shall:

a) assist in planning school activities and events.

b) assist with the Class-of-the-Year competitions. 

c) assist the ASB president, vice president, and advisor(s) in planning elections.

d) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

e) be a member of either the 7th or 8th grade (elected position).


SECTION 7: The Publicity Chairperson shall:

a) publicize and communicate to the Student Body school activities and events.

b) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

c) be a student in any grade (appointed position).


SECTION 8: The Historian shall:

a) keep records of school activities and events.

b) create files of all flyers and or posters advertising school activities and events.

c) photgraph school activities and events.

d) create a scrapbook documenting all ASB activities and events.

e) represent the best interests of the school and Student Body at all times. 

f) be a student in any grade (appointed position).


ARTICLE VIII - ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICERS; VACANCIES


All members of the ASB are entitled to a vote in all

Student Government elections.


SECTION 1: There shall be a general election held in the spring of the school year preceding the year in which new officers take office.


SECTION 2: A candidate running for Student Body Officer will be elected based upon four (4) areas:

Written Application 10 points

Teacher Evaluation 15 points

Personal Interview 25 points

Student Vote 50 points

TOTAL 100 possible points


SECTION 3: In case of a tie, a run-off will be held the day following the election, and the candidate receiving the majority of points will be judged the winner.


SECTION 4: All eligible incoming 6th grade students will be allowed to run for the 6th grade representative position. A special election will be held no later than twenty (20) school days following the first day of school.


SECTION 5: If there are no candidates for any given office, the newly elected Student Council will nominate potential candidates at its first business meeting of the new school term.


SECTION 6: All balloting shall take place only at the designated polling places and only on the day or days of the election.


SECTION 7: Incoming officers shall be inaugurated in an appropriate manner.


SECTION 8: Should the office of any ASB officer become vacant, such vacancy will be filled by appointment of the Student Council.


ARTICLE IX - GENERAL PROCEDURES

SECTION 1: The Student Council shall meet regularly throughout its term of office.


SECTION 2: Parliamentary procedures shall be followed in meetings at all times with such rules and authority of parliamentary procedure as deemed necessary.


SECTION 3: All records of the Student Council are subject to inspection by all interested counter-parts, subject to the approval of the Student Council advisor(s) and the ASB president.


SECTION 4: All sessions of the Student Council shall be open to interested faculty and students with prior approval of the Student Council advisor(s).


SECTION 5: The Student Council must, at all times, abide by the Associated Student Body Constitution.


SECTION 6: A majority of the Student Council membership and the presence of the advisor(s) shall constitute a quorum.


SECTION 7: All members of the Student Council shall have equal voting privileges except for the ASB president who votes in case of a tie vote.


ARTICLE X - CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

SECTION 1: Any group of students may petition to organize a club.


SECTION 2: The signature of these students, together with a statement of their purpose in organizing the club, shall appear on a petition which they present to the Student Council at any regular meeting. A petition may be picked up in the Front Office.


SECTION 3: The Student Council shall take requests upon consideration and act upon it at a regular meeting. Majority vote is necessary in order to ratify a request.


SECTION 4: The request is subject to the final approval of the principal.


SECTION 5: If approved, the club shall become duly constituted as an organization as well as governed by all regulations which apply to clubs.


SECTION 6: The following actions may be taken by the Student Council and/or the school administration:

a) They may place a club on probation to warn the organization in question that it shall be under observation for a stipulated period of time due to an infraction of constitutional or policy requirement.


b) They may suspend an organization that is on probation for failure to comply with constitutional requirement or organizational behavior. During this probation period, if another infraction of rules occurs, the club's charter may be revoked.


c) They may declare the charter of an organization in question null and void and to completely disband the organization's activities and declare further activity of the organization unconstitutional.


ARTICLE XI - IMPEACHMENT, PROBATION, SUSPENSION, REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

SECTION 1: Any Student Council member may have impeachment charges filed against him/her at any time.


SECTION 2: A written statement of charges must be filed with the advisor to the Student Council.


SECTION 3: Grounds for impeachment will be:

a) Dishonesty

b) Incompetence

c) Evident unfitness for service

d) Lack of commitment

e) Violation of the Constitution


SECTION 4: A "Motion to Investigate" will be made to a general meeting of the Student Council. The motion would have to receive a majority to pass, withholding the right to vote of the person(s) the charges are brought against. If passed, a special meeting of the Student Council would have to be held within one week of the "Motion."


SECTION 5: The Student Body president will preside at this meeting unless he/she is the one under investigation, then the ASB vice president will preside.


SECTION 6: The accused member will be guaranteed equal time to defend himself/herself.


SECTION 7: At the end of the defense the Student Council will vote to drop the charges or discipline the member(s). A vote 2/3 would be required.


SECTION 8: The Student Council advisor(s) shall decide the punishment, which may include any of the following:

a) No punishment, verbal warning

b) Probation for a designated period of time

c) Suspension from office for a designated period of time

d) Removal from office

e) Removal from Student Council


ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1: Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a 2/3 vote of the Student Council or by a petition signed by not less than fifteen percent of the total membership of the Associated Student Body and approved by the principal and the Student Council.


SECTION 2: Amendments may be adopted through ratification by a 2/3 majority of the voting Associated Student Body, provided written notice of such amendments has been posted at least one week before such vote is taken.


ARTICLE XVIII - AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

SECTION 1: For every club or organization on campus, there shall be a faculty advisor approved by the principal.


SECTION 2: The faculty advisor and student officers shall be directly responsible to the principal for all activities of their respective organization of the Associated Student Body.


ARTICLE XIV - AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS

SECTION 1: Proposed changes in by-laws may be brought up at any regular meeting of the Student Council.


SECTION 2: If approved by a 2/3-majority vote of the Associated StudentBody, the proposed change shall become immediately effective.


ARTICLE XV - IMPLIED POWERS

SECTION 1: The Constitution of Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School shall be the guiding authority for all Associated Student Body activities.


SECTION 2: The principal will be the final authority regarding all Constitutional concerns or decisions.

 

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