Slauson PTSO Constitution
The name of this organization shall be the Slauson Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).
The mission of the Slauson Middle School PTSO is to support Slauson students in their educational development.
To accomplish this mission the Slauson PTSO will:
• assist in providing resources and services as needed
• engage in parent-student-teacher discussion of general issues in education
• continually work to support a positive school climate
All teachers and officials of Slauson Middle School, all students attending the school, and their parents or guardians, shall be members of the organization and be entitled to vote.
Annual dues shall be a suggested donation of $15.00 per family per year. Payment of dues shall be voluntary and collected at the beginning of the school year or when a student officially enters Slauson.
The PTSO shall meet monthly or as designated by the membership. Monthly meetings will be arranged by the current PTSO board.
The officers of the Board shall be elected from the parent community. Board officers will include the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Their duties shall be established and outlined in the Job Description list attached. No part of the earnings of the organization shall be used for the benefit of its members, officers, or other private persons. The organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in support of the purposes set forth in Article II.
Election of Officers
Nominations for the Board shall be made by a Nominating Committee and co-chaired by the president(s) and vice- president, with committee membership equally representing each feeder school. The co-chairs, with approval of the Board, will make appointments to the Nominating Committee.
Solicitation for new Board members will be presented to the Slauson community, including all feeder schools, and by publication in the Slauson and all feeder school newsletters. Every person interested in volunteering for any office will submit his or her name in writing to the Nominating Committee.
As a goal, the PTSO Board shall be a multi-ethnic group representing all segments of the Slauson School Community. Every effort shall be made to rotate the presidency between each feeder school. Also, every effort shall be made to include a balance between present members interested in remaining on Board and new members.
The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed list of officers to the Board at one of the spring meetings. Additions or amendments shall be discussed at that time. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor for any position, provided the consent of the nominee has been obtained. With two-thirds approval of the Board, the slate will be accepted. Otherwise, the Board shall be polled by written ballot on each addition or correction.
Restrictions on Activities
No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:
- by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) or the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding section of any future federal tax code,
- by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 C(2) or the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future tax code.
A two-thirds majority vote shall prevail in all matters before the organization. The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Revised shall govern this organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution.
Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes with the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized exclusively for such purposes.
This Constitution may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members voting at a regularly scheduled meeting, provided written notice of the proposed changes have been sent to the membership at least one week in advance.
Resignation of Officers
If, for any reason, an elected officer is unable to complete the term of office, the following shall apply:
President: A volunteer will be solicited from the current Board to complete the term of office and shall be accepted by a two-thirds vote. If more than one person from the current Board is interested in serving, the Board will elect one person by secret ballot. If no volunteers are forthcoming, the President shall solicit volunteers from the Slauson community and present their names at the next regularly scheduled meeting, to be voted in by two-thirds majority. Voting will be by secret ballot in the event that more than one person is interested in serving as President. Every effort shall be made to fill the vacancy with a volunteer from the same feeder school as the resigning President.
Other Officers: The President shall announce any resignations to the Board. Any Board member may seek a volunteer to fill the vacancy and ask the volunteer to contact the President prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting. If no volunteers are forthcoming at this meeting and the position remains vacant, the President shall be empowered to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.