Constitution and Bylaws
Constitution of the Student Government Association(SGA):
Articles I - Name
Section 1. The official name of the organization shall be the Student Government Association of Sussex Technical High School and may be referred to as "SGA".
Article II - Purpose
Section 1. To assist in student life issues at Sussex Tech.
Section 2. To provide an avenue of discussing issues that may be presented during the school year.
Section 3. To provide an avenue for students to take leadership and to develop solutions to student issues.
Section 4. To provide an opportunity for students to develop their full potential in citizenship, leadership, and character.
Article III - Organization
Section 1. The SGA is an organization of students enrolled in Sussex Technical High School.
Article IV - Membership
Section 1. Membership of this organization shall be open to those students who are current students of SUSSEX TECH. Members should have a least a "C" average and should have no expulsions or out of school suspensions.
Section 2. All members must attend scheduled meetings and participate in activities during the school year to qualify for any training, travel, or social events.
Section 3. All members are viewed as ambassadors of the SGA and are expected to behave in a responsible and mature manner. Failure to do so may result in suspension or expulsion from the chapter.
Section 4. The executive committee consists of : president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian.
Section 5. Representatives from each cluster, at a minimum, should be elected as members and, ideally, there will be a representation of each technical area.
Article V - Officers
Section 1. The officers of the SGA shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and parliamentarian; and each shall exercise the ussual duties of the office to which he/she has been elected.
President: Presides at meetings, prepares the agenda, appoints committees as needed; keeps members informed; and serves as a role model.
Vice President: Presides as president when president is absent; strives to involve members in discussions; works closely with advisors; and serves as a role model.
Secretary: Keeps accurate minutes; keeps the current membership roster; handles all correspondence; and keeps member attendance records.
Treasurer: Keeps accurate records of expenses and income; assists in organizing fund raisers; presents a report at meetings; and assests with developing a budget, if needed.
Reporter: Summarizes events sponsored by SGA. Networks with community members, businesses and sends all organized event photos and press releases to the High School Public Relations coordinator.
Parliamentarian: Sees that Robert's Rules of Order are followed at meetings; makes sure that all motions are properly made and acted upon; and assists in getting all members involved in discussions.
Section 2. The officers of SGA shall be nominated and elected by ballot at the first annual meeting. A two thirds majority vote of the active mambership shall be necessay to elect. This shall hence forth be referred to as a quorum.
Article VI - Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings should be established at the first meeting of the school year.
Section 2. Parliamentary procedure of all meetings will be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, Revised Edition.
Section 3. Executive committee meetings will be held as needed.
Article VII - Voting
Section 1. All members in good standing are eligible to vote.
Article VIII - Advisors
Section 1. SGA advisors should be the class advisor of each school-year class and the Student Activities Coordinator.
Section 2. A school principal or assistant-principal should be invited to attend SGA meetings and will assist in developing the solutions to requests or concerns.
Article IX - Finances
Section 1. The treasurer shall be responsible for furnishing financial reports at meetings and shall assist in the request for expenditures of the SGA fund.
Article X - Motto
Section 1. The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
Article XI - Authority
Section 1. The final approval of all decisions is vested in the executive committee and the school principal.
Article XII - Amendments
Section 1. To amend this constitution, the proposed amendment must be presented in writing by a member to the president. The president will present the amendment to the membership where it must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote for adoption.
Code of Conduct
Some principle that may be used in developing a code of conduct are:
Some specific elements of a conduct code may be: