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School Advisory Council

Article IV: Membership

Composition
Membership of the Council shall be the following:

a.  The SVHS Principal

b.  One (1) SVHS International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator

c.  Four (4) SVHS Parents (representing multiple grade levels) not employed at SVHS

d.  Four (4) SVHS Students (representing multiple grade levels)

e.  Three (3) SVHS Teachers

f.   One (1) Community Representative (an adult living within SVUSD, not employed at SVHS, and not included in any of categories a-e)

Inter-district transfer families have the same right to membership as district-resident families.

Selection Process
The selection of Council members shall be by peers as follows:

   a.  The four Parent members shall be elected by parents and/or guardians of SVHS students in a school-wide election to be held in September of each school year. Candidate descriptions shall be submitted prior to the election for publication in the school newsletter or separate mailing.
Student members shall be selected in September of each school year, as described below:

   b.  Four (4) Student members shall be appointed by the Principal in September of the current school year, based on factors such as staff recommendation and/or student petition, with the express intent of enfranchising and representing multiple student factions.

   c.  The three Teacher members shall be nominated by the staff and administration in September prior to the first meeting of each school year. An effort should be made to rotate these positions among the various departments. It is also preferable that the three teacher reps would be on staggered terms.

   d.  The Community Representative shall be selected by the SVHS Principal in September of the school year.

Terms of Office
Council membership shall be for a term of one or two years, as follows:

   a.  Parent and community members shall each serve for a term of two school years, not to exceed two consecutive terms. These terms shall be staggered, so that no more than three of these members’ terms are scheduled to end at the same time.

   b.  Student members shall each serve for a term of one school year, not to exceed two consecutive terms.

   c.  Teacher members shall each serve for a term of two school years, not to exceed two consecutive terms.

At the conclusion of a member’s second term, at least one school year shall elapse before that member may be elected/selected for a new term in any capacity.

Termination of Membership

   a.  A member no longer meets the membership requirements under which s/he was selected (for example, a parent/community member becomes employed at Scotts Valley High School, or a teacher member is transferred to another school in the district).

   b.  A member is absent from two consecutive regular Council meetings.

Any Council member who has missed one regular meeting will be notified by the Secretary or Chair by telephone or mail that s/he is at risk of losing his/her membership. In the event that the member missing the regular meeting is the Chair, the Principal shall perform the required notification.

Upon missing a second consecutive meeting, the Council member in question will automatically have his or her term terminated unless, upon reviewing a written appeal from that member, the Council decides by consensus that the termination rule should be waived for one more meeting due to extenuating circumstances. (See Article VII, Section 5, for the definition of “consensus” as it applies to this Council.)

   c.  The Council can, by consensus, remove a member (other than the Principal and the IB Coordinator) whenever, in the judgment of the Council, its best interests would be served thereby. (See Article VII, Section 5, for the definition of “consensus” as it applies to this Council.)

Transfer of Membership
Membership in the Council is not transferable or assignable.

Resignation
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Chair of the Council.

Vacancy
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Chair of the Council.

Proxy
There shall be no voting by proxy in Council actions.