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:

  • Uphold fundamentals of morality and ethics
  • Complies with school regulations covering property, programs, etc.
  • Demonstrates honesty and reliability
  • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior such as positive attitude, poise, stability,etc.

Some specific elements of a conduct code may be:

  • Providing they are not given with the intent of influencing the leader's performance of official duties, a student leader may, within reason, receive personal gifts or favors from others and need not disclose their existence or value to the student body.It is proper for a student leader to accept a leardership-connected reward (such as a free trip to a conference) when it is offered, if to do so reasonably forms a part of the role of informing and representing the student body.
  • The student leader may accept free samples of a product of insubstantial value when they are offered as a form of advertising but not when offered as an inducement to the leader to recommend the product to the student body. Whenever a student leader disagrees with the student body on a particular issue, it is up to the leader to choose to put personal preferences aside and follow the students' wishes. But it is also the leader's responsibility to make sure the student body is as informed as possible to make sound judgments.
  • A student council may privately vote on minor decisions affecting the student body. However, mettings involving major issues should include the student body whenever time and circumstances permit. The student body should have advance notice of those meetints, along with an agenda. A student council has the right to disqualify any of its members, but only for offending written standards developed by the council and approved by the student body. No student council member may be disqualified without the due process of first being accorded a fair, public defense against all charges.
  • A student leader's first allegiance is to the student body, but the leader is elected to serve the entire school community as well. This includes students, teachers, administrators, parents, alumni, and future students of the school.
  •  Qualifications for seeking student office--such as prior leadership experience, grade point average, and grade level--should be set solely by the student council and abolished if the designated majority of the students do not approve.
  • If the student body wishes to have a particular issue challenged, a student leader who feels that a school rule or issue is unfair or unnecessary should challenge that rule or issue on behalf of the student body.
  • A student leader must balance personal and official time commitments in a fair and responsible manner and be prepared to make personal sacrifices when necessary.