Proposed LSC Bylaws
The following document are the proposed bylaws by the 2016-2017 LSC:
An amendment to the bylaws was proposed on January 20, 2017:
Current Bylaws of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council
ARTICLE I – NAME AND AUTHORITY
Section 1. Name. The name of the local School Council shall be the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council (hereinafter “LSC”)
Section 2. Offices. The LSC shall maintain its offices and records at 4929 North Sawyer; Chicago, Illinois,
Section 3. Authority. The LSC is a Local School Council organized under the authority of the Illinois School Code.
ARTICLE II – GOVERNANCE
These Bylaws, the applicable rules and regulations of the Chicago Board of Education and the Illinois School Code shall govern the operation of the LSC.
ARTICLE III – PURPOSE
The purpose of the LSC shall be to carry out its responsibilities pursuant to the Illinois School Code and Board Rules and to improve the quality of education at the attendance center.
ARTICLE IV- BASIC POLICIES
The following are basic policies of the LSC:
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
- The LSC shall, to the maximum extent allowed by the law, participate in the decision-making process to improve the quality of education for the students of the school.
- The LSC shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical.
- The name of the LSC shall not be used in any manner to suggest LSC approval or endorsement except in those instances where the LSC has considered a matter over which they have been granted authority to act and affirmatively approved by a majority vote of its membership. Nothing in this article shall prohibit an LSC member from giving his or her independent endorsement. Any LSC member using his name for an independent endorsement shall so indicate in the endorsement. Nothing contained in this Article shall restrict the constitutional rights of an individual who is a member of the LSC.
- The LSC will not devote or allow the use of its resources for the publication and distribution of statements or campaign material, in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
- Neither the LSC nor any of its members acting in their official capacity as members of the LSC shall directly or indirectly use or allow the use of any of its resources in any campaign for Local School Councils on behalf of or in the opposition to any candidate for a Local School Council.
- No member of the LSC or of an LSC committee shall take or receive either directly or indirectly, any money, or thing of value that is to serve as a means of influencing his or her action in his or her capacity as a member of the LSC or an LSC committee. No member shall solicit, accept, or agree to accept for personal gain any direct or indirect favor, gift, loan, free service, gratuity, entertainment, or other items of economic value if the donor has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relations with the Board or with the LSC; has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the member’s duties on the LSC; or is attempting to reward or influence the member’s impartiality or give that appearance. These prohibitions do not preclude: (a) acceptance of unsolicited advertising or promotional material of nominal value; or (b) acceptance of food, entertainment, and refreshments of nominal value of infrequent occasions in the ordinary course of a meeting, inspection tour, or training session in which the member is properly in attendance.
Section 1. General Powers. The affairs of the LSC shall be managed by its members.
Section 2. Number, Tenure and Qualifications. The LSC shall be composed of eight (8) elected members, two (2) teachers appointed by the Board, one (1) non-teacher staff member employed at the attendance center and appointed by the Board, plus the principal of the Edison Regional Gifted Center. Each member shall hold office until the end of his or her term of office, until his or her death or resignation, or until his or her removal in accordance with the Illinois School Code. The eight (8) elected members of the LSC shall consist of (i) six (6) parents of students currently enrolled at Edison Regional Gifted Center, who are not employees of the Board of Education; and (ii) two (2) community residents residing within the attendance area, who are not employees of the Board of Education and who have no children attending the school; plus there shall be (iii) two (2) teachers employed at the Edison Regional Gifted Center who shall be appointed by the Board of Education following an advisory non-binding referendum of staff and (iv) one (1) non-teacher staff member employed at the attendance center who shall be appointed by the Board of Education following an advisory non-binding referendum of staff. The principal of the Edison Regional Gifted Center shall serve on the LSC and exercise those powers allowed by statute.
Section 3. Nomination and Election. The LSC shall conduct elections for LSC membership in accordance with the provision of the Illinois School Code and the guidelines and procedures adopted by the Board of Education to ensure fair and equitable elections. The LSC shall not adopt or use any other election guidelines or procedures.
Section 4. Term. Members of the LSC shall serve for a term of (2) years. Any LSC member who wants to resign from the LSC during his or her term shall submit a written resignation to the LSC. Any LSC member who loses his or her eligibility to serve shall resign or be removed in accordance with Board of Education Rule 6-28, Board Rule 6-29, or Board Rule 6-30.
Section 5. Dues. There shall be no obligation for any member of the LSC to pay dues or any type of membership fee.
Section 6. Compensation. Members of the LSC shall serve without compensation and without reimbursement of any expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, except as may otherwise be provided by the Board of Education.
Section 7. Vacancies. In the event a vacancy occurs during a parent or community member’s term for whatever reason, the LSC shall appoint a person otherwise eligible for election to the vacant position to serve on the LSC for the remainder of that member’s term. In the event that less than the minimum number of parent or community persons eligible are elected to the LSC at a regular LSC election, the LSC shall appoint eligible persons to serve as members of the LSC for terms consistent with the terms held by the elected members of the LSC.
Section 8. Organizational Meeting. The organizational meeting of the LSC shall be held no sooner than July 1 and no later than July 14 of each year. At the organizational meeting, the LSC shall elect a parent member as its chairperson, a vice chairperson and a secretary from among its members, each to serve terms of one-year, and shall set the schedule of regular LSC meetings for the year. The time and place of the LSC’s regular meetings shall be convenient to the public.
Section 9. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the LSC shall be held on an annual schedule determined by the LSC at its organizational meeting. The time and place of such meetings shall be convenient to the public.
Section 10. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Local School Council may be called by the chairperson or by any four (4) members by giving prior notice in writing specifying the time, place, and purpose of the meeting to all LSC members. During Special Meetings the LSC may only take action on items listed on the agenda. Notice of special meetings shall be given in accordance with the provisions of Article V, section 12 of these Bylaws and the Open Meetings Act. The time and place of such special meetings shall be convenient to the public.
Section 11. Participation. All LSC meetings shall be open to the public, except during closed sessions as otherwise provided in the Open Meetings Act (OMA).
Section 12. Notice. The School Code requires that public notice of LSC meetings be given in accordance with the OMA. The LSC must set a schedule of the time and place of its regular meetings at the LSC’s annual organizational meeting and publicize that schedule. An agenda must be posted at least 48 hours in advance of every regular meeting. Items not specifically stated in the agenda may still be considered at the regular meeting. However, to the extent that the LSC knows what items it will address at the
meeting, it should list those items.
If a change is made in the schedule of regular meeting dates, the LSC must give at least 10 days notice of the change. Notice for such change must be posted at the school.
The LSC must give public notice of any special, rescheduled, regular or reconvened meeting at least 48 hours before that meeting is held. The agenda of the meeting must be included in a public notice. Notice must be posed at the school and, if the meeting is to take place at a location other than the school, at that location. These notice requirements do not apply to reconvened meetings if the meeting was open to the public and either the reconvened meeting is held within 24 hours after the original meeting or an announcement of the reconvened meeting was made at the original meeting and there was no change in the agenda.
In addition to the public notice requirements above, written notice of special meetings must also be given to LSC members pursuant to Section 34-2.2(a) of the Illinois School Code.
Section 13. Quorum and Manner of Acting.
(a) The LSC may only act when a quorum is present. Seven (7) LSC members constitutes a quorum.
(b) The principal shall not be counted for purpose of determining whether there is a quorum present, and shall have no vote, when any of the following matters is before the LSC:
• Evaluation of the principal;
• Renewal of the principal’s contract or the inclusion of any provision in, or modification of, the contract;
• The direct selection of a new principal;
• The determination of names of candidates to be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer for the position of principal; or
• The selection of a principal in cases where the Chief Executive Officer fails or refuses to make a selection after the LSC submits a list of candidates to the Chief Executive Officer.
(c) Generally, except as noted in subsection (d) below, whenever a vote is taken on any measure before the LSC, if a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of a majority of the membership then present shall determine the outcome of that measure.
(d) Seven (7) affirmative votes are always required, regardless of the number of vacancies of the LSC, for the following actions
• Selection of a new principal
• Request to the Chief Executive Officer to approve written dismissal charges against the principal,
(e) Eight (8) affirmative votes are required, regardless of the number of vacancies on the LSC, for the transfers of money within funds.
Section 14. Non-functioning LSC Members. A Local School Council member may be removed from the council by a majority vote of the LSC, if the council member has missed three (3) consecutive regular meetings or five (5) regular meetings in a twelve (12) month period. A vote to remove a council member shall only be valid if the council member has been notified personally or by certified mail, mailed to the person’s last known address, of the council’s intent to vote on the council member’s removal at least 7 days prior to the vote. The council member in question shall have the right to explain the reasons for his or her absence and shall be eligible to vote on the question of his or her removal from the council. An LSC member may be removed by the Board pursuant to the Board Rules for failure to disclose required criminal convictions and/or for failure to comply with Ethics Code and/or failure comply with the training mandate.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
Section 1. Enumeration and Qualifications. The officers of the LSC shall be a chairperson, a vice chairperson and a secretary and such other officers as the LSC may decide to elect from among its members.
Section 2. Election of Officers. The LSC shall elect its officers at the annual organizational meeting.
Section 3. Term of Office. The term of office for officers of the LSC shall be one year provided that the term of office for a member who is filling the unexpired tem of a vacant, resigned, or removed member shall be the remainder of the unexpired term.
Section 4. Vacancies. In the event that a vacancy occurs during an officer’s term for any reason, such vacancy shall be filled by election of the LSC members at a LSC meeting in the same manner as provided for the original election of the officer.
Section 5. Chairperson. The chairperson shall be a parent member. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the LSC. He or she shall have the authority to call special meetings of the LSC by giving notice to the other members of the LSC in writing, specifying the time, place, and purpose of the meetings, and by giving general notice in the manner provided in Article V, section 12. Subject to the direction and control of the entire LSC, the chairperson shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of the LSC and shall perform all duties incident to the office of chairperson and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the LSC.
Section 6. Secretary. The secretary shall conduct the official correspondence, preserve all documents and communications, maintain an accurate record of the proceedings of the LSC in the minute books (maintain one minute book in the school office and a duplicate minute book kept by the secretary), issue notices of regular and special meetings as required by these Bylaws, and perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the LSC. Minutes shall contain the time, date and place of each meeting (open or closed), the names of all LSC members recorded as present and absent, and a record of matters discussed and votes taken. Upon the expiration of his of her term, the secretary shall deliver to the LSC the books, records, papers, audio or video tapes, minute books, and other property of the LSC.
Section 7. Vice Chairperson. The LSC may select a Vice Chairperson from among its
members to serve for a one-year term. The Vice Chairperson presides at LSC meetings in the absence of the Chair. The Vice Chair may not sign documents for the chair.
Section 8. Other Officers. The LSC may elect such other officers as it determines are
necessary for the proper operation of the LSC. In the event that such officers are elected, their terms shall expire at the same time the terms of the chairperson and secretary expire, and the LSC shall amend these Bylaws to describe the duties and responsibilities of such other officers.
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
Section 1. Committees. The LSC may create such standing committees and special committees from time to time as it determines are necessary for its operation provided that if standing committees are created, the LSC shall list the committees in an attached Appendix and describe the membership, duties, and responsibilities of such committees. The LSC shall have the power to appoint officers (chairs, vice chairs and secretaries) for each standing committee.
Section 2. Committee Powers Limited. The committees shall have the power to make
recommendations to the LSC and such other powers as provided in these Bylaws. The committees shall not have the power to make final decisions concerning the exercise of the powers of the LSC or bind the LSC. All committees created by the LSC are subject to the requirements of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
ARTICLE VIII – POWERS AND DUTIES
The powers and duties of the LSC shall include:
• Evaluating the performance of the principal, taking into consideration the annual evaluation of the principal conducted by the Chief Executive Officer, or designee, determining whether the performance contract of the principal shall be renewed, and by a vote of seven members, directly selecting a new principal to serve under a 4-year performance contract or to fill a vacancy in the position of the principal within 90 days after the date such vacancy occurs.
• If unable to directly select a principal, the LSC must submit 3 names to the CEO within the same 90 days.
• Executing a uniform principal performance contract and if necessary, establishing additional criteria to that contract with the principal which shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or disability unrelated to ability to perform and which shall be consistent with the Board of Education’s Uniform Contract for Principals.
• Approving the School Expenditure Plan prepared by the principal with respect to funds allocated and distributed to the attendance center by the Board of Education and such other powers and duties enumerated in the Illinois School Code concerning the expenditure of State Chapter I funds and lump sum budgeting.
• Making recommendations to the principal concerning textbook selection.
• Advising the principal concerning the attendance and disciplinary policies of the attendance center.
• Approving the SIPAAA and reporting at least twice a year to the public on progress and
problems with respect to implementation of the plan.
• Evaluating the allocation of teaching and non-teaching staff resources to determine if such allocation is consistent with instructional objectives and school programs as reflected in the SIPAAA.
• Making recommendations to the principal concerning respective appointments of persons to fill any vacant, additional or newly created positions for teachers or non-teaching staff at the Edison Regional Gifted Center.
• Acquiring training as required by The Illinois School Code.
• Preparing and disseminating annual reports and convening at least two well publicized meetings each year with the entire school community to present the SIPAAA, the proposed school expenditure plan, and the annual report for public comment.
• Complying with Illinois Open Meeting Act and Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
• Encouraging the involvement of additional non-voting members of the school community and facilitating the LSC’s exercise of its responsibilities.
• Complying with state and federal laws, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and court orders.
• Via a supermajority vote of 8 members of the LSC, transferring allocations pursuant to section 34-2.3 of the Illinois School Code within funds, provided that such a transfer is consistent with applicable law and collective bargaining agreements.
• Granting, in accordance with rules promulgated by the Board of Education, the use of assembly halls and classrooms when not otherwise needed, for public lectures, concerts and other educational and social activities.
• Approving, in accordance with rules promulgated by the Board of Education, receipts and expenditures for internal accounts of the Edison Regional Gifted Center, and approving all fund-raising activities by non-school organizations.
ARTICLE IX – GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 1. Conflicts. Any provision of these Bylaws that conflict with Illinois School Code, as amended from time to time, shall be null and void.
Section 2. Amendment and Bylaws. These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the LSC by a two-thirds vote of the LSC, provided that notice and the language of the proposed amendment shall have been given to all members and to the public at least seven (7) days before the regular meeting at which such amendment is to be considered.
Section 3. Parliamentary Authority. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th Edition, shall govern the meeting of the LSC in all cases in which the rules are applicable and not in conflict with these Bylaws or the Illinois School Code of Illinois.
Section 4. Contracts. No Board of Education employee, LSC member, or LSC may bind the Board of Education to a contract without the approval of the Board of Education. However, the principal may approve contracts, not to exceed $25,000, for non-biddable items if the contract is endorsed by the LSC.
Section 5. Telecommunications. Audio or video conferencing may be used by LSC members to attend Local School Council meetings if proper notice, pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, is given regarding such communication and the audio or video communication is clearly audible to the public.
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(signatures on file with LSC secretary)
Date adopted by LSC August 25.2014
By a vote of ___X____in favor and ____Y__opposed.
Appendix to the Bylaws of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council.
The LSC will have the following Standing Committees for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Communications Committee – Works to provide develop the school’s use of technology.
- Technology Committee – Works to provide effective communication among the entire school community.
- CWIP & Curricular Committee – Aids in the development and review of the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (“CIWP") and helps make recommendations on academic enhancements for our students.
- Budget & Finance Committee – Helps fulfill the LSC’s duties regarding our school budget and works with the Administration on funding issues related to our school budget.
- Outreach & Advocacy Committee – Works on outreach and advocacy concerning public issues that could affect funding for the school and to bring positive attention by publicizing the acomplishments of our school and our students. This committee will also assist in promoting positive interactions between the ERGC community and the community of Albany Park Neighborhood.
- Professional Personnel Leadership Committee – made up of teachers and other certified personnel, who work at Edison Regional Gifted Center, to advise the principal and the LSC on the education program and curriculum, and on the development and implementation of the CWIP.
- Principle Evaluation Committee - To assist in making sure the Principle Evaluation is fair and equatable with input from all appropriate parties.