Advisors: K. Lapham & L. Zaleski
We, as students of Brookfield High, in order to ensure continuity and organization, and to promote democracy, school spirit, and good citizenship, establish this Constitution for Student Council of Brookfield High School.
Student Council’s Purposes
- Offer democratic and responsible means for student actions.
- Act as a representative board for the student body.
- Assist all student organizations and encourage greater participation in activities.
- Develop coordination and communication between the students and the faculty and the administration.
- Voice opinions of and offer leadership in achieving the needs of the student body.
- Promote and recognize pride and spirit in BHS.
- Uphold and respect this Constitution.
Article I – The Legislative Positions and Duties
Section 1. Requirements and Eligibility
- Any student holding a position in Student Council shall have an overall “C” average and be passing in all four major subjects. The candidate for class offices must complete the required form with no less than twenty signatures of support. For a single position, one student may not sign more than one candidate’s form. The candidate must also comply with everything stated in Article V, Section 1.
Section 2. President
- Preside over all class meetings
- Along with the recording secretary, prepare his/her possible and actual successor to the best of his/her ability.
Section 3. Vice President
- Assist the President in any way possible.
- If the President is ever absent, the Vice President shall assume the leadership position at class meetings.
Section 4. Secretary
- Keep detailed notes of all meetings, and upon request, give copies of these notes to any member of the student body in a timely manner.
- Inform the Executive Vice President of the minutes of all class meetings.
- Assist the President in preparing possible and actual successors.
- Assist the Executive Secretaries in any possible way.
Section 5. Treasurer
- Handle all class-specific money.
- Assist the Executive Treasurer in any possible way.
Section 6. Senators
- Each grade may have no more than three Senators.
- If Senator seats are open and would like to be filled, they will be first offered to those students who lost elections, and then given out on a first come, first serve basis. Students should report their desire to become a Senator to the Student Council Advisor before October 1.
- If the Secretary is absent, a Senator shall fill in as Secretary for that meeting which the Secretary is absent and assume all responsibilities that may arise.
Article II – The Executive Positions and Duties
Section 1. Requirements and Eligibility
- Any student who wishes to run for Executive Office must be a sophomore or junior in good academic and disciplinary standing, which shall be determined by the Student Council advisor.
- The candidate for either Executive President or Vice President must have held a position in Student Council for one year. The candidate for any other Executive position must have adequately participated in planning, organizing, decorating or otherwise helped with Student Council activities in the same school year as they are running.
- The candidate for Executive Office must complete the required form with no less than twenty-five signatures of support. For a single position, one student may not sign more than one candidate’s form. The candidate must also comply with everything stated in Article V, Section 1.
Section 2. Executive President
- Decide at the beginning of the school year on the format of meetings, whether they shall be formal, informal, or a combination of both. The rules of these meetings shall also be stated at the beginning of the year.
- Preside over all Student Council meetings.
- Organize, understand and delegate responsibilities, and supervise their execution.
- Must, in conjunction with the Recording Secretary, inform his or her successor about the Student Council’s activity with as detailed information as possible.
Section 3. Executive Vice President
- Assist the President in any way possible.
- Preside over Student Council meetings if the President is absent.
- Hear reports from Class Presidents and Secretaries on the happenings of their meetings and handle any lingering problems with each class.
Section 4. Executive Corresponding Secretary
- Shall assist the President in delegating responsibilities and mainly in carrying out these responsibilities.
Section 5. Executive Recording Secretary
- The Recording Secretary must keep detailed notes of all meetings, and upon request, give copies of these notes to any member of the student body in a timely manner.
- Assist the President in making detailed notes for the next year’s executive officers.
Section 6. Executive Treasurer
- Must maintain all money pertaining to Student Council as a whole.
- Should know balance of all Student Council accounts and devise budgets for any Student Council events.
Article III – Additional Student Council Responsibilities
Section 1. Meetings
- Student Council shall meet no less than once per every two weeks while school is in normal session. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.
- Attendance is mandatory for all Student Council officers provided that the meeting is announced sufficiently ahead of time. Meeting times shall be decided in the beginning of the year by a majority vote or general consensus that is most convenient.
- General Student Council meetings are open to all students and Student Council members should encourage non-members to attend.
Section 2. Homecoming
- It is the sole responsibility of Student Council to plan, organize and execute all events that involve Homecoming. These include, but are not limited to, Spirit Week, the Fall Pep Rally, the Homecoming Game Carnival, and the Homecoming Dance.
Article IV – Removal of Officers
Section 1. Absences
- If an officer is to be absent, late, or leaving early from a meeting, the officer must inform either the Executive President or Student Council Advisor in a timely manner.
- If a student properly informs either position of his/her absence, they must still consult with the Recording Secretary about the contents of that meeting in a timely manner.
- On the third violation of the first clause in this Section, the Executive Board may bring that student forward to defend his/her actions. If a majority of the Executive Board agrees that the student did not sufficiently comply with the first Clause than a two-thirds majority vote in Student Council can remove the officer.
- If a majority of the Executive Board feels the officer does not often enough comply with the second Clause in this Section, then a two-thirds vote of Student Council can remove the officer.
Section 2. Academic and Disciplinary Standing
- If, at any time, an officer falls out of good academic or disciplinary standing, as decided by the Student Council Advisor, then a majority of the Executive Board can remove that officer.
- In addition, if a majority of the Executive Board feels that a member of the Student Council is in violation of this Constitution, they may bring the case to the Student Council as a whole, where a two-thirds vote can remove the officer.
Section 3. Student Body
- A petition of signatures containing fifteen percent of the Student Body can be brought to the Student Council Advisor. If the advisor finds there are valid reasons for removal, then the case is brought before the Council.
Section 4. Removal Proceedings
- When the Executive Board brings the case forth, then either a member of that Board or the Student Council Advisor shall give reason to the Council for removal. When the Advisor or a petition brings the case forth, then only the Advisor may give reasons for removal.
- The officer subject to removal must be given a chance to defend his/her actions.
- Any voting for the removal of an officer shall be done by secret ballot and counted by either the Executive President or Student Council Advisor.
Article V – Election Protocol
Section 1. Candidates
- All candidates must meet the requirements as stated in the individual sections of this Constitution. All forms must be accurately completed and given to the advisor. In addition, each candidate must sign a form signifying they have read and understand this Constitution.
- Candidates will be given an opportunity to give a speech to those members of the school that are eligible to vote for them. While they do not have to be written down and spoken verbatim, some effort must be made to show the speeches to the advisor in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in a candidate not being allowed to speak. All speeches must be appropriate for school, as determined by the advisor.
- The current Executive President must preside over the speeches and serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Section 2. Voting
- Voting shall be held in either May or June, and should be held as soon after the speeches as possible.
- No method of voting shall be stated, however whichever method is used it must be one that encourages maximum amount of voting.
Article VI – Amendment Process
- Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a majority vote of the Executive Board, a majority vote of the Student Council, or a petition of signatures of ten percent of the Student Body
- A two-thirds vote of Student Council as well as the approval of the Student Council Advisor is needed to ratify the amendment.
Article VII – Ratification
Two-thirds approval from the current Student Council in addition to the approval of the Principle of Brookfield High School and current Student Council advisor shall be sufficient to establish this Constitution.
As contributors in a Convention, we have signed our names in witness to the good nature, honesty and fairness under which this Constitution was formed.