Terms of Reference
CONSTITUTION FOR C.R. JUDD PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
SECTION II NAME
The name of the organization shall be the C.R. Judd School Advisory Council.
SECTION II MISSION STATEMENT
The C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council is an advisory body which will work collaboratively within the school community to develop strategies and solutions to enhance the development and educational experiences of all students.
SECTION III GOALS
The goals of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall reflect the mission of the council.
- To promote, maintain, and support a positive school environment for all at C.R. Judd Public School.
- To enhance the lines of communication among parents and/or guardians, administrators, teachers, and students in the school community.
- To provide a forum for input into educational matters for member of the school community.
- To provide a vehicle for transmitting ideas, recommendations, and concerns to any or all administrative levels, and parents and/or guardians.
SECTION IV ROLES OF SCHOOL COUNCIL
School councils are advisory bodies. A school council will provide advice to the school principal and, where appropriate, to the school board on any of the matters listed below that the council has identified as priorities.
SECTION V AUTHORITY
The C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall not be involved in the day-to-day management of the school but shall act in an advisory capacity while respecting the management rights and responsibilities of the principal and the school board.
SECTION IV MEMBERSHIP
- The C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall reflect the diversity of our school community. Parents and guardians will form the majority of members on school council.
- The C.R. Jud Public School Advisory Council shall consist of:
- A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 16 parents and/or guardians of students enrolled in the school, elected by the parents and guardians.
- The school principal
- At least 1 teacher elected by members of the teaching staff
- At least 1 non-teaching school staff member elected by members of the non-teaching staff
- Up to 2 community members appointed by the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council
The Chair of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall be a member who is also a parent and shall be elected by the council.
- If any members resign during a term of office or if any office is not filled at the time of elections, the council may appoint a replacement to serve until the next Annual General meeting.
- If a member does not attend three consecutive regular meetings, without a reason acceptable to Council, the position may be deemed to be vacant by Council.
- The School Advisory Council year shall begin on June 1st and end on May 31st (trial).
- No honorarium shall be paid to members of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council.
SECTION VII ROLES AND RESPONSIBLITIES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
It will be the responsibility of the Principal to notify persons qualified as potential Council members.
Nominations and/or expression of interest to serve on the School Advisory Council must be received by the Principal 14 days prior to the election.
If the number of nominees/interested persons is equal to or fewer than the number of vacant positions, the nominees/interested persons shall fill these positions by acclamation.
When elections are required, they shall be held by direct ballot at a time determined by the Principal during the month of May.
Any parent/guardian unable to attend at the school to cast their ballots may call in their vote. Their child’s Health Card I.D. number will be required as an identifier.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Chair of C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council:
Establishes council meeting dates and times as approved by the council
Calls council meetings
Prepares agendas for council meetings
Chairs council meetings
Ensures the minutes of council meetings are recorded and maintained
Communicates with the school principal
Ensures that there is regular communication with the school community
Consults with senior staff members of the school board and trustees as required
Organizes future elections
The Vice-Chair of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council:
To full-fill the duties of chair if he/she is not able
The Secretary of C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council:
Ensures that the minutes of school council meetings are recorded and maintained
Issues and receives correspondences on behalf of the council
Maintains all official documents of the council including policy manuals, constitution, and bylaws
Prepares the annual report of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council with the input of the chair and the committee chairs.
The Members of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council:
Participate in council meetings and information and training programs
Act as a link between the school council and the community
Are responsible for encouraging parents and others within the school
Community to participate in the education in C.R. Judd Public School
Shall be members of one or more committees of the council
The Principal of C.R. Judd Public School:
Helps establish the school council and assists in its operations
Supports and promotes to council’s activities
Asks for advice from the council in the areas within its jurisdiction
Acts as a resource to the council on laws, regulations, board policies, and collective agreements
Encourages the participation of parents and other people within the school community
Ensures that copies of the minutes of council meetings are kept at the school
Helps the council communicate with the school community
SECTION VIII MEETINGS
A minimum of 4 meetings of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council will be held yearly. Prior to May 31st the school council will hold an Annual General Meeting.
Notification of the date, time and place of the election shall be provided in writing to all school community households not less than fourteen days prior to elections.
All regular meetings of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall be considered open, public meetings and active participation is encouraged.
Parties wishing to make a presentation to the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall request to be placed on the agenda no later than 1 week before the scheduled meeting. Request should be directed to the chair of the council.
The date of each meeting is to be inserted into the school newsletter.
Unless otherwise specified by policies or procedures of the council, meetings will be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
A quorum of council shall be a simple majority of the existing members of the council.
Council meetings shall be no longer than 1.5 hours in length. A maximum of one 15 minute extension may be approved by a vote of a majority of those members present.
Any meeting lacking a quorum will be rescheduled to another date.
The desired method of reaching decisions is through consensus. Where consensus cannot be reached within a reasonable time period, the following rules shall be applied:
Each member of council shall have one vote
Generally the chair will not vote. However, in the event that a resolution receives a tie vote, the Chair may cast the deciding vote.
SECTION IX COMMITTEES
Each of the committees of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council shall be chaired by a member of the council.
Committees are responsible to the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council.
The members of the standing committees shall be comprised of members of the school council, members from the school community, and other members from the community according to their areas of interest and/or expertise.
A simple majority of members of a committee shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION X ELECTION PROCEDURES
Elections of the C.R. Judd Advisory School Council will be by ballot at a time determined by the School Principal, for the purpose of electing new council members.
SECTION X1 CODE OF CONDUCT
The C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council is not a forum for the discussion of individual school personnel, students, parents, or other members of the school community. As such, the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council will not:
Participate in the personal dealings between a teacher or the school with any parent or student; or
Support an individual or group grievance against a teacher or the school.
Further, member of the C.R. Judd Public School Advisory Council who are approached by any members of the school community with a concern relating to another member of the school community are in a privileged position and must treat such discussions with discretion, protecting the confidentiality of the people involved.
SECTION XII AMENDMENTS
Any proposed change or addition to the constitution must be submitted in writing to the chair at least 1 week prior to a meeting and placed on the agenda. The change must be presented in motion form and passed by a 2/3 majority at a meeting with a quorum.