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Unionville High School Council Constitution
Article 1:  Name and Address
The organization will be known as Unionville High School Council. The members of the school council shall be responsible for maintaining the constitution.
Unionville High School
201 Town Centre Blvd.
Markham, ON
L3R 8G5
Telephone: (905) 479-2787
Article 2:  Mission Statement
Unionville High School Council is a collaborative, co-operative advisory body whose mission is to facilitate a partnership between members of the school community to achieve the highest possible standards of education in an inviting and wholesome environment.
Article 3:  Purpose and Objectives
The purpose and objectives of Unionville High School Council is to:
  1. Encourage effective parental involvement in the education of their children.
  2. Provide a means for regular communication and dialogue between all partners in education.
  3. Participate in the school improvement planning process.
  4. Provide meaningful consultation and extensive involvement of all members of the school community.
  5. Foster parental and community involvement in education.
  6. Encourage meaningful involvement of all members of the school community in support of student learning.
  7. Provide input into decisions made by the school administration, the Board and the Ministry.
  8. Encourage effective parental involvement by focusing on he following areas:  parenting skills, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making and collaborating with community.
  9. Help to co-ordinate the services for school, family and community partnerships related to social, health, recreational and nutrition programs that assist in the education of children.
  10. Facilitate the building of a viable school community, which works together in the best interests of our students and their education.
Article 4:  Procedures and Operating Guidelines
The operational procedures of this council are outlined in the YRDSB Policy and Procedure #262, available on the Board’s website. All recommendations and activities of the Council shall comply with all Ministry of Education Acts, York Region District School Board Policies and Procedures and Staff Collective Agreements.
Article 5: Membership
(You may choose to specify the number of parent and community members. If not specified, there will be six parent members and one community member as per Board Procedure #262.)
5.1  Number of Parent Members
The number of parents/guardians on the school council will be a minimum of 4.
5.2  Number of Community Representatives
The number of community representatives will be a minimum of one not to exceed four.
5.3  Student Representative
The Student Council will appoint one student or the school council will appoint one student.
5.4  Other Members
Teacher representative and support staff representative shall be elected or appointed in accordance with YRDSB Policy #262.
Article 6:  Elections
6.1: Acclamations
Parent elections shall be by acclamation when the number of candidates is equal to, or less than the number of parent member positions on the council.  Parents must form the majority of council members.
6.2: Election Procedures for Parent Members
  1. Elections shall occur within the first thirty days of the start of each school year.
  2. Each parent/guardian seeking election must be nominated or self-nominated in writing, must have a child registered at the school, and must declare if he or she is employed by the Board.
  3. Each parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the school shall be entitled to one vote for each vacant parent/guardian membership position on the council.
 6.3: Terms of Office
  1. Each position shall be in office for one school year (September to June).
  2. Elected and appointed members may seek additional terms of office the following September.  
 6.4: Vacancies in Membership
  1. A vacancy in the membership of a school council does not prevent the council from exercising its authority.
  2. If positions remain vacant, after the election, the council may appoint parent members.
  3. Positions that become vacant due to resignations shall be filled as soon as possible by offering the person with the next highest number of votes, the opportunity to accept the position. Anyone who is a council member, except the principal, may resign their position by writing a letter of resignation to the chair.
  4. When there are no more candidates available, council may appoint parent members.
  5. Vacancies will only be filled until June of the current year, at which time the vacant positions will be filled through September elections.
Article 7:  The Executive
7.1: The Chair/Co-Chairs      
At the first meeting of the school year, the council will elect one chair or two co-chairs. An employee of the Board cannot be chair.
7.2: Other Officers
At the first meeting of the school year, the council will elect a secretary, treasurer and 1 or 2 Arts Representative(s).
7.3: Vacancies in Office
Officer vacancies will be filled as soon as possible according to Article 7.1 and 7.2.
Article 8:  Sub-Committees
8.1: Arts Committee
In 2012, an Arts Committee was formed to focus on the interests of those students who were enrolled in the Arts Unionville program.
At the first meeting of the school year, sub-committees (in addition to the Arts Committee) may be formed to:
  1. conduct more in-depth or detailed work than is possible during council meetings,
  2. make recommendations to the council,
  3. keep the council informed of issues and developments in its particular area.
Additional sub-committees will be formed as the need arises.
Sub-committees must include at least one parent member of council and may include persons who are not members of the school council.  Each sub-committee will appoint its own chair.
Article 9: Meetings
9.1  Timetable of Meetings
  1. At the first meeting of the new school year, a timetable will be created which states the meeting dates agreed to for that school year.
  2. A copy of these dates and times will be included in communication(s) to the families of the school.
  3. It is recognized that the timetable may change at any time.
  4. A copy of the list of dates and times of meetings will be sent to the local trustee.
9.2  Quorum
A meeting will have quorum if:
  1. The majority of council members are present AND
  2. The majority of those present are parents.
A meeting of council can be held if there is no quorum but all voting will be deferred.
9.3  Decision-making
  1. The preferred method to resolve issues on council is by consensus. Consensus is a collective opinion or general agreement by ALL the council members.
  2. In the case where a decision cannot be reached through consensus, the chair may decide on one of the following.
    1. To have a vote by way of a show of hands or a silent vote by those present in which a 51% majority shall carry the vote
    2. To defer the issue to the next meeting
    3. To defer the issues to a special meeting
    4. To defer the issue to a sub-committee
9.4:  Conflict of Interest
  1. If individual council members perceive themselves to be in conflict of interest, they are honour bound to declare their conflict at the earliest possible opportunity and at the time of the meeting, so the minutes may reflect this declaration.
  2. Council members cannot receive any remuneration for their work as a member of council.
9.5:  Conflict Resolution
  1. The council will undertake to resolve all internal conflicts within its mandate in a timely manner.
  2. The council will abide by any conflict resolution policy issued by the Board.
10:  Agendas and Minutes
10.1:  Agendas
  1. Agenda items should be submitted to the chair one week prior to the council’s next meeting. The Treasurer is to make a report at every meeting highlighting any disbursements and allocation of funds made on behalf of the council.
  2. The chair will set the agenda with the principal, prior to the meeting.
10.2:  Minutes
  1. Minutes shall be posted on the school web-site prior to the next meeting of the council.
  2. The minutes shall include motions, decisions and actions to be taken.
Article 11:  Constitutional Amendments
The school council will review the constitution every two years or as the need arises. Constitutional amendments must be presented to council and need a 2/3 majority to be passed.
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