THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF THE RED HOOK LINDEN AVENUE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Revised on May 24, 2007) Article 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Student Council of the Red Hook Linden Avenue Middle School. Article 2. Purpose. The purposes of the Linden Avenue Student Council are to: A. Organize student government within the limits set by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools and the National Association of Student Councils. B. Increase the interest of students in school activities by having them in part responsible for them. C. To premote school spirit, pride, and awareness. D. Provide service to the school, community and student body. Article 3. Membership. The Student Council shall be composed of all students in grades six through eight and all faculty in the Linden Avenue Middle School. Article 4. Officers and their duties. The officers of the Student Council shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Co-Historians. The President and Vice-President shall be students of the Linden Avenue Middle School at the time of elections. A. The President shall be elected by the whole student body. His or her duties shall be: 1. To preside all meetings of the Student Council without the power to vote except in the case of a tie. 2. To act as the representative of the Student Council at Social functions. 3. To coordinate Student Council activities here in after described. B. The Vice-President of Student Council shall be elected at the same time that the President is elected in the spring. His or her duties shall be: 1. To serve as the presiding officer in the absence of the President. 2. To assist the President in carrying out his or her duties. C. The Treasurer of Student Council shall be elected by the Student Council members in September. His or her duties shall be: 1. To sign all withdrawal and deposit slips of the Linden Avenue School Student Council account. 2. To pay all bills of the Student Council and handle all receipts. 3. To report to the Student Council at every meeting regarding the state of the finances of the organization. D. The Secretary of the Student Council shall be elected by the Student Council members in September. His or her duties shall be: 1. To take attendance and keep the minutes of all Executive Board Meetings. 2. To submit the minutes of the previous meeting for approval by the Executive Board. 3. To handle all correspondence of the Student Council. 4. To take charge of all documents and papers pertaining to the Student Council, except bills, receipts, and canceled checks E. The Co-Historians of the Student Council shall be elected by the Student Council members in September. Their duties shall be: 1. To go to all Student Council functions held in the school. 2. To take pictures of all Student Council functions held in the school. 3. To write about the functions they go to. 4. Their compilings will be displayed on Award’s Night. Article 5. Organization. A. The governing body of Student Council shall be the Student Council executive Board which consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Historians and students interested in leadership. This group shall meet during homeroom each day. B. There will be no one elected by the student body except the student body President and Vice-President. C. One or two faculty members shall be appointed as advisor or co-advisors by the principal, and one advisor must be present all meetings. D. The duties of the Student Council Executive board shall be: 1. To hold an election for Secretary, Treasurer and Co-Historians from the Board at its first meeting of each new school year. 2. To hold meetings at least once a month. 3. To make committees for fundraising, awards night, community service, and field day. E. Students will become candidates for the office of President and Vice-President by filing petitions obtained from the Student Council Faculty Advisor. The names of all candidates meeting the designated criteria will constitute the list to be voted upon by the entire Student Council. G. Students may be removed from office by the advisor(s) if: they have been disciplined by school administration by means of suspension (in school or out of school), they fail to meet the demands of their duties in office, they do not participate in the activities scheduled by the organization, or they show a lack of respect for other members of the organization by not following the rules of order for a meeting. 1. Candidates must be members of next year’s 7th or 8th grade classes. 2. Candidates must consult with a faculty member before giving their campaign speeches prior to the elections held in late May or early June. 3. Voting shall take place in late May or early June before the Awards Assembly occurs. Article 6. Amendments to the Constitution. This constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the entire Executive Board. Article 7. Parliamentary Authority. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern Student Council in all instances in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution and in which they are applicable.