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On February 12th, a General Assembly meeting of SGA conducted its first State of the Union.
The meeting was highlighted by President Marc Johnson’s review of the many accomplishments of SGA in the first part of the year. President Johnson also laid the ground work for upcoming Student Government activities. Stay tuned.

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Proposed Constitution of Port Charlotte Middle School

Preamble

We, the students of Port Charlotte Middle School herein after referred to as” The School”, with the express desire to continue the pursuit  of perfection in the learning environment and the noble goals of citizenship and service hereby establish this Constitution.

1. All students and staff, regardless of gender, religion, color or creed shall have the opportunity to participate in “The School’s” Student Government Association.

2. All participants in the Student Government should be responsible members of the “The School Community.

3. The Student Government should be established on democratic principles.

4. All staff and students should work to create a safe and orderly learning environment.

5. All students shall have certain rights and freedoms as guaranteed to them as students of the school.

                                                              Article I

Name of the Organization

“The School’s” Student Government Association, shall hereafter be referred to as the SGA.

                                                              Article II

Affiliations

“The School’s” SGA shall have the authority to enter into memberships, pay dues, and collect fees upon proper notice, an opportunity to be heard, and upon a majority vote of “The General Assembly”

                                                              Article III

Composition of the Student Government

Section 1: The Representative General Assembly is comprised of one representative from each homeroom/ 1st period class.

Section 2: The Executive Board is comprised of elected and appointed officers/chairpersons.

Section 3: The General Assembly is comprised of all representatives and the Executive Board
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                                                              Article IV

Powers of the Student Government Association

Section 1: The power of the Student Government is provided by the administration. Within this authority, the SGA general assembly and executive aboard shall have the power to pass legislation in matters concerning the best interests of the student body. All actions of the Student Government are subject to veto by the principal or her express designee.
Section 2:  Faculty Advisor

The administration, will appoint a faculty advisor to the SGA. The advisor’s role is to direct and guide the actions of the SGA. He/she does not have voting rights. The student government advisor has the responsibility to:
a)  Provide guidance in all SGA sponsored activities
b)  Chaperone all SGA activities (and secure additional chaperones as needed)
c)  Excuse the absences of students who miss class because of student government activities

Section 3: General Assembly

The General Assembly shall have all legislative powers. All expenditures of the SGA over and above ten percent (10%) of the treasury must be authorized by the general assembly.

Section 4: The Executive Board

The Executive Board shall have all legislative powers save those superseded by the Constitution. The
Executive Board has the responsibility to involve the general assembly in as many actions of the SGA as possible because it is the representatives, therefore the general assembly, which expresses the voice of the total student body.

                                                               Article V

Qualifications and Terms of Office

Section 1: General Qualifications

a)  All officers and representatives must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better
In addition, any student serving on a SGA committee must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

b)  All officers and representatives shall exhibit exemplary behavior and academic ethics. If reservations about behavior or academic ethics are brought forth by faculty and staff, the administration shall make the final decision concerning the qualification of the candidate in question.

c)  All officers and representatives are expected to attend all general assemblies of the SGA. Additional meetings are required as specific to the positions listed below.

Section 2: Specific Qualifications

a)  Officers - In addition to general assemblies, the executive board is expected to attend all executive board meetings. Officers will also attend committee meetings as assigned.

  1. President. the president shall be in 8th grade for the year of his/her service
  2. Vice Presidents - must be in the grade level of the grade they represent for the year of his/her service (6th grade vice president, 7th grade vice president, 8th grade vice president)
  3. Secretary. Must be in the 8th grade for the year of his/her service.
  4. Treasurer. Must be in the 7th or 8th grade for the year of his/her service
  5. Sergeant At Arms. Must be in the 7th or 8th grade for the year of his/her service.
  6. There are no grade-level stipulations on appointed positions.

b)  Representatives - Representatives must attend all general assemblies. Should he or she not be able       to attend, he or she should notify the 1st period teacher in order to insure the class has representation. The first (1st) period teacher has limited authority to appoint an alternative class representative in the event the representative cannot attend a meeting of the general assembly.

1)  Representatives are expected to participate in the planning and implementation of at least one
SGA activity.

2)  Representatives must report all actions of the SGA to his/her constituents and be responsible for reporting to the SGA the concerns of his/her constituents
.
Section 3: Term of Office

a)  All spring elected/appointed SGA officers/chairman shall serve a one year term beginning the last day of school in June, until the last day of school in June the following year. (All elected/appointed SGA officers/chairman shall serve a one year term beginning immediately upon the announcement of the election results, until the last day of school in June the following year)

b)  Officers/chairman elected or appointed in the fall (including 6th grade vice president) begin their term of office after election results/appointments are made, until the last day of school in June of that school year.

c)  Representatives shall serve a one-year term beginning immediately after their election in the fall, until the last day of school in June.

                                                             Article VI

Responsibilities and Duties

President:
a)  Shall execute and carry out the Constitution of “The School”.
b)  Shall preside at all meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Board.
c)  Shall represent the student body of “The School” l, when called upon to do so by the principal, SGA advisor, or other school administration.
d)  Shall appoint, with approval from the Executive Board, all chairpersons.
e)  Shall appoint, with the approval of the executive board, ad hoc committees as necessary.
f)   Shall have the authority, with approval from the executive board, to call additional meetings of the SGA.
g)  Shall promote interest and participation within the Student Government.

8th Grade Vice President:
a)  In case of the president’s inability to carry out his/her responsibilities, the vice-president will ascend to “acting” SGA president. The Principal shall either make the appointment permanent for the current term of office, or order a special election. In the event a special election is ordered a nominating committee will be established by the Principal or her/his designee.
b)  Shall assist the president as directed.
c)  Shall meet as least once a month with grade level resource/team leaders to discuss concerns and issues relevant to the specific grade level.

7th Grade Vice President:
a)  Shall assist the president as directed.
b)  Shall meet as least once a month with grade level resource/team leaders to discuss concerns and issues relevant to the specific grade level
.
6th Grade Vice President:
a)  Shall assist the president as directed.
b)  Shall meet as least once a month with grade level resource/team leaders to discuss concerns and issues relevant to the specific grade level.

Secretary: (8th grade)
a) Shall assist the president as directed
b) Shall be responsible for all correspondence of SGA not limited to but including minutes of the executive council and general assembly meetings.
c) Distribute all minutes to the executive committee members and the Principal.
d) Shall attend all formal meetings the president of “The School’s” SGA attends and keeps a record of any formal proceeding.
e) Submit one student’s name (from any grade level) to the Principal’s nomination committee for approval as assistant secretary. This position is primarily an administrative/budgeting/correspondence position.
f) Submits a SGA logo to the executive council fo approval to be used on all formal correspondence.
g) Shall work with the Public Relations and Publicity chairman to write the SGA articles for appropriate newsletters

Treasurer (7th or 8th grade)
a)  Shall be responsible for the record keeping concerning all student government expenditures and income.
b)  Shall, at Representative Assembly Meetings, submit a report on the financial status of the Student
c)  In conjunction with the secretary prepare an operating budget (by line item) to estimate expenditures and receipts.

Sergeant of Arms: (7th or 8th)
a) Shall be responsible for the orderly conduct of all scheduled SGA meetings.
b) Shall coordinate with the president and treasurer all logistical and support issues at special events.
c) Shall assist the president as directed.

Chairpersons:
a)  Shall be responsible for the agenda, proceedings, and work of the assigned committee.
b)  Shall prepare, with the help of his/her committee, a project plan for the assigned activity.
c)  Shall prepare a report on committee activities to the general assembly.

Representatives:
a)  Will share SGA news with their constituents.
b)  Shall bring issues to the general assembly that are of concern to his/her constituents.
c)  Will notify the alternative and SGA advisor is he/she is unable to attend a required meeting.
d)  Will actively serve in the planning and implementation of at least one SGA activity.

                                                            Article VII
Elections and Appointments

Section 1: Only members of the president’s and vice president’s class will vote for these candidates. Example: 8th graders will vote for the President and 8th grade vice president, each represented class will vote for its concomitant vice president. All other officers will be voted for by the entire student body. The faculty advisor in conjunction with administration will announce the dates and time of the 2014-15 elections. The executive committee election will be held prior to the general assembly election.

Section 2: The nominating committee, appointed by the principal, shall meet in the spring to nominate candidates for the offices of president, 7th and 8th grade vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and sergeant of arms. The 6th grade vice president candidates will be nominated in the fall. Election guidelines will be reviewed in February and submitted to administration for approval. Candidates shall receive a copy of all election guidelines.

Section 3: Elections will be scheduled no sooner than 15 school days subsequent to acceptance of their candidacy. Ballot and voting procedures will be developed by the faculty advisor. There will be a minimum of 2 candidates per office with the optimum of three. A successful candidate must achieve a majority of votes cast in his/her election. Should a candidate receive less than a majority and still be the leading vote getter, then a run-off election will be conducted between the top two vote getters for the office in question.
                                                              Article VIII
Meetings

Section 1: All meetings, as deemed appropriate, shall be conducted using Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised.
Section 2: The executive board shall meet a minimum of twice a month.
Section 3: The general assembly shall meet a minimum of once a month.
Section 4: Committees shall meet as needed.

                                                              Article IX
Impeachment and Succession

Section 1: Impeachment
a)  All officers (elected/appointed) and representatives shall be subject to impeachment for behavior deemed inappropriate by the administration.

b)  Suspension or expulsion from school for any SGA officer or representative is prima fascia evidence of misconduct and mandates impeachment.

c)  A report card with lower than a 2.0 grade point average requires automatic impeachment from any SGA position.

d)  Missing 3 or more meetings, unexcused, shall be subject to impeachment proceedings.

e)  Any officers or representative who fails to carry out his/her duty in a responsible manner may have
Impeachment charges brought against him/her.

 Section 2: Succession:
a) In case of the president’s permanent inability to serve, the SGA 8th Grade Vice President will assume all responsibilities of the office of president. The 8th grade Vice President will be replaced pursuant to Art. 6, 8th grade V.P (a)

b)  In case of all other elected/appointed officer’s inability to serve, the president shall appoint from general applications or previous candidates, with approval from the executive board, a person to complete the term. The principal must confirm the appointment.

                                                              Article X
Amendments
This constitution may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) of the legislative body subject to veto power of the principal.

                                                              Article XI

Ratification
This Constitution shall be in effect when it is approved by the administration then receives two-thirds (2/3) vote of the student body.

 

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