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Constitution

ARTICLE I - NAME, MASCOT, AND COLORS

ARTICLE I

NAME, MASCOT, AND COLORS

Section 1         The name of this organization shall be the Associated Student Body of Newport Harbor High School.

 

                       Section 2         The mascot shall be the Sailor (or “Tar”).

 

                       Section 3         The colors shall be navy blue and grey.

 

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of the Associated Student Body shall be to promote school spirit, encourage and support school activities, be inclusive of all NHHS students in a variety of activities, stimulate high ideals for education and democracy, foster positive relationships among students, faculty, administration and the Board of Education, and to uphold the traditions of Newport Harbor High School.

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP AND PRIVILEGES

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP AND PRIVILEGES

 

All Students enrolled in Newport Harbor High School shall be members of the Associated Student Body, subject to its rules and entitled to its privileges.

 

ARTICLE IV - EXECUTIVE CABINET AND OFFICERS OF THE ASB CABINET

ARTICLE IV

EXECUTIVE CABINET AND OFFICERS OF THE ASB CABINET

 

Section 1         The Executive Cabinet of the Associate Student Body shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary and 

                        Treasurer.

 

Section 2         ASB Cabinet

                       

A.      The ASB Cabinet (Leadership Class) shall consist of the (4) Executive Cabinet, the Officers of the Associated Student Body, the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes, Student Senate President, Inter-Club Council President and Vice President, (2) Board of Education Representatives, Historian, Activities Commissioner, Boys Athletics Commissioner, Girls Athletics Commissioner, (3) Communications Commissioner, Dance Commissioner, Elections Commissioner, Fine Arts Commissioner, Fundraising Commissioner, Pep/Spirit Commissioner, (2) Technology Commissioners, Publications Commissioner and Publicity Commissioner.

 

B.        The duties of the ASB Cabinet shall consist of the general promotion and supervision of all the student body activities. These duties include handling elections of ASB Executive Cabinet and Officers, Class Councils and Student Senate. These duties also include approval of all student body activities, promoting and producing rallies, spirit weeks and dances, and handling all financial business of the Associated Student Body.

 

C.        All members of the ASB Cabinet shall be voting members, except the presiding officer who may vote only in the case of a         tie.

 

 

ARTICLE V - STUDENT GOVERNMENT

ARTICLE V

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

 

Section 1         The ASB Cabinets, the Class Councils, Inter-Club Council, and Student Senate shall all be classified as the Student Government.

 

Section 2         All Members of the ASB Cabinet of the Associate Student Body shall serve until the end of the year.

 

Section 3         Class Councils

                       

A. Each class shall elect a Class Council consisting of the Class President and Vice President and up to ten councilmembers. A faculty advisor will oversee each Class Council meeting.

 

B. Class Councils shall meet monthly, serve until the end of the school year and shall be elected at the beginning of the year.

 

C. The duties of the Class Council shall be to supervise and promote activities ad projects of the individual class and to uphold and maintain the traditions of the class.

 

D. The Class Council will be in charge of the dance, Prom, the year the students are juniors.

 

E. The Class Council will be in charge of the planning and execution of any senior activities and designating a class gift at the end of the class’ senior year. 

 

 

 

Section 4         Inter Club Council

 

A.        The Inter Club Council shall consist of one representative selected by the members of the various student clubs. Inter Club Council members shall serve for a one-year term and may be re-elected/appointed by the various club members. The presiding officers of the Inter-Club Council shall be an appointed position and named Inter-Club Council President and Vice President.

           

B.        The purpose of the Inter Club Council shall be to represent the student population as a communication link between the administration and the students of Newport Harbor High School. ICC will participate in the planning and implementation of given student body activities pertaining to all NHHS Clubs and Organizations.

 

C.        The Inter Club Council shall conduct quarterly meetings and serve until the end of the school year.

 

D.        The Inter Club Council President and Vice President may establish committees within the council if it is to be chaired by ASB cabinet members.

 

 

Section 5         Student Senate

           

A.        The Student Senate shall consist of two representatives form every third period class at NHHS. The Student Senators shall be elected by majority vote in their third period class. Student Senators shall serve for a one-year term and may be re-elected/appointed by the third period class. The presiding officers of the Student Senate shall be an appointed position and named Student Senate President.

 

B.        The purpose of the Student Senate shall be to represent the entire student population as a communication link between the administration and the students of Newport Harbor High School.

 

C.        The Student Senate President shall conduct monthly meetings and serve until the end of the school year.

Section 4         Inter Club Council

 

A.        The Inter Club Council shall consist of one representative selected by the members of the various student clubs. Inter Club Council members shall serve for a one-year term and may be re-elected/appointed by the various club members. The presiding officers of the Inter-Club Council shall be an appointed position and named Inter-Club Council President and Vice President.

           

B.        The purpose of the Inter Club Council shall be to represent the student population as a communication link between the administration and the students of Newport Harbor High School. ICC will participate in the planning and implementation of given student body activities pertaining to all NHHS Clubs and Organizations.

 

C.        The Inter Club Council shall conduct quarterly meetings and serve until the end of the school year.

 

D.        The Inter Club Council President and Vice President may establish committees within the council if it is to be chaired by ASB cabinet members.

 

 

Section 5         Student Senate

           

A.        The Student Senate shall consist of two representatives form every third period class at NHHS. The Student Senators shall be elected by majority vote in their third period class. Student Senators shall serve for a one-year term and may be re-elected/appointed by the third period class. The presiding officers of the Student Senate shall be an appointed position and named Student Senate President.

 

B.        The purpose of the Student Senate shall be to represent the entire student population as a communication link between the administration and the students of Newport Harbor High School.

 

C.        The Student Senate President shall conduct monthly meetings and serve until the end of the school year.

 

ARTICLE VI - ASB Class Officers

Section 1 - ORGANIZATION
Each class shall be represented by an elected President and Vice-President. Each officer shall have one vote in the Executive Council.

Section 2 - ELECTIONS
Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior officers shall be elected each year in a democratic process.

Section 3 - GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TERM OF OFFICE
Each applicant must be a student in good standing at Newport Harbor High School while holding office and must have at least a 2.0 grade average for the grading period immediately preceding his or her selection and maintained throughout the term of office. All class officers must be members of that class. Each officer shall serve until the next election.

Section 4 - OFFICER DUTIES
A.Promote unity and pride for their class.
B.Serve as the representative in all class events.
C.All class officers, after being elected, will apply to serve as a representative. They will be guaranteed a position, but which position will depend on their application and the appointment of the ASB officers. These duties will be in addition to their class duties.
Recommendations: i. Senior officers are on the senior committee
ii. At least one Junior officer is on Major Events. (Junior Class runs prom)
iii.At least one Sophomore officer is on Hospitality.
iv.At least one Freshman officer is on Events.
The ASB Executive Board under supervision of the Activities Director shall appoint class officers to commissions as representatives. The number of appointed commissioners, however, shall never exceed the number of elected officers. The selection of commissioners is under the discretion of the ASB officers. Appointed positions are open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

ARTICLE VII - Elections, Vacancy and Recall

Section 1- ASB AND CLASS ELECTIONS Senior ASB Executive Council members will conduct elections for all positions annually.
A.All voting shall be by secret ballot.
B.Election procedure shall be published prior to the election.
C.A simple majority shall elect officers.
D.If no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election will be held between the top two candidates.
E.The election process must take a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three weeks; designed to leave one week for straight campaigning.
F.Newly elected officers shall take office no less than thirty days following the election, there should be transition meetings with newly elected/appointed members and old ASB elected officials/commission leaders to explain the duties of the commission and to go over the constitution in its entirety.

G.The incumbent ASB council if needed may extend the lame duck period no more than thirty days.
Section 2- ELECTION PROCEDURES A.Candidates must have three letters of recommendation from current or past teachers.
B.A senior election committee comprising current ASB members must review the recommendations.
C.All speeches must be presented in full (including attire and props) prior to election day in front of committee stated above for approval or the candidate will be ineligible to run.



D.Candidates must follow all election procedures outlines in the Election Information Packet, created by the election committee.
Recommendations:
A. Some form of proof they are qualified for the position, such as, but not limited to, a short paragraph explaining leadership experience.
B. Prior ASB experience
C. Essay Questions
E. Required for the ASB Presidency, they must answer a question that is chosen by an outside force at the speeches assemblies, with the option to include other candidates of other positions.



Section 3 - VACANCIES
Officer and commission vacancies shall be filled as soon as possible using the electoral procedures for that office. No officer or member of ASB will hold office while suspended from school. Upon their return, a vote of confidence will be held in the ASB Executive Council. The member must gain 2/3 of the vote by secret ballot to be reinstated. A proxy chosen by that position will fill any temporary vacancy.

Section 4 - IMPEACHMENT
Any student can petition to remove a member from the ASB Executive Council. All petitions must be pre-approved by the Activities Director before circulation. A petition for removal of any elected officer of ASB may be presented stating specific grounds for removal and signed by 20% of the student body or 2/3 of the ASB Executive Council. Petitions for removal of class officers shall be signed by 20% of the members of that class only or 2/3 of the ASB Executive Council. If the Executive Council finds the petition legal by verification of signatures, it will be presented to the DAC for approval. Once approved, a special election will be called open to any candidate excluding the removed officer. Whoever wins a majority of the votes cast shall immediately assume the office. If any elected president is removed from office, the vice president of that office will assume the office of president and a new vice president will be elected.

ARTICLE VIII - Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC)

Section 1 - Functions and Powers The Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) shall consist of the Chief Justice, the ASB President, all Class Presidents and the Activities Director. The Chief Justice is not a member of the ASB Executive Council and is elected through Student Congress. In the event that a member of the DAC is being reviewed, they may not serve on the DAC. In the event that a tie occurs, the ASB Vice President will be the tie-breaker.
Responsibilities are as follows:
A.To interpret the Constitution and its by-laws and to propose amendments to the Constitution.
B.To determine Executive Council attendance policies. (tardies and absences) C.To give appropriate disciplinary action in the event a member has failed to perform his/her duties or violations of the syllabus, constitution or attendance policy. This disciplinary action may include but is not limited to suspension or removal from office. D.All complaints shall be filed in the DAC suggestion box. All complaints filed with the DAC shall remain anonymous.
Section 2 - Classroom Procedures
A.All policies are to be clarified at the beginning of the year.

B.The syllabus should be presented by the advisor(s) at the beginning of the term and be open to revision by ASB. (i.e. if there are anyquestions about the syllabus the students can propose revisions)
C.Revisions will pass with a 2/3 vote of the ASB Executive Council.
D.Advisor(s) has/have final say in syllabus, with regard for student revisions.

Section 3 - Suggestion Box
A.The suggestion box will be located in the library, be collected weekly, and put on the agenda to be discussed by ASB.
B.ASB Secretary will be responsible for checking the boxes and bringing suggestions to the ASB Executive Council.
C.The location of the box must be advertised
Section 4 - Constitutional Enforcement Procedures
A.The DAC will review all infringements. They will recommend an appropriate sentence.
B.A separate committee appointed by the DAC can research complaints.

Article IX - Voting


1. Quorum- a simple majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum.
2. Voting Members-
A.All elected officers and commissioners shall have one vote for monetary issues in the ASB Executive Council. No more than 50% of the voters may be appointed.
B.All members of the ASB Executive Council shall decide non-monetary issues.
3. Proxy Voting A.The commissioners and officers must submit a written proxy at the beginning of their term of office selecting representatives of their commission to vote in their place on monetary issues in case of their absence.
B.No selected representatives may have more than one absentee vote.
C.Proxies must be submitted to the advisors and kept on file. 4. Public Stance A.Definition: For the executive council to take a public stance, a 2/3 vote of all members is required.
B.Stances shall be approved by a secret, written ballot.

ARTICLE X - Amendment Process

Section 1
Any student currently enrolled at Newport Harbor High School has the right to propose an amendment to the Newport Harbor High School Constitution.



Section 2 - Procedure A.One hundred signatures of students currently enrolled at Newport Harbor High School are required on a petition stating the desired change to the Constitution.
B.The person proposing the change must then present his/her proposal to all elected officers of ASB who will then take a vote, requiring a simple majority to pass. If the change is approved, see part D. If the change is not approved by the elected officers, the elected officers have the right to form a temporary Constitutional Committee whose purpose will be to propose an alternate revision or amendment to the Constitution within the parameters of the original amendment petition. The ASB Executive Council must then vote to approve the new revision/amendment requiring a simple majority to pass. If the Executive Council does not pass the revision/amendment within thirty days of the original amendment proposal, the person who proposed the change has the right to move on to part D of the amendment procedure.
C.If the ASB Executive Council approves of its own drafted revision/amendment, they must present their revision/amendment to the person who originally proposed the change. If the student agrees to the Executive Council's revisions, only that draft will move forward. If the student disapproves of the Executive Council's revisions, then both versions of the revision/amendment will move to the next step in the procedure.
D.The proposed revision/amendment must be officially presented to the entire student body. Student Congress representatives, during their third period classes will run the election. At least 50% of the student body must vote for the election to be valid. The election must take place no more than fifteen school days after the amendment proposal. A simple majority is required to pass the amendment. If less than 50% of the student body participate in the vote there will be a new election every ten school days thereafter until 50% of the student population participate, unless the person who originally proposed the change consents to withdrawing his/her proposal and, if applicable, the ASB Executive Board vote to withdraw their proposal (simple majority required to pass.)
E.If a simple majority of the students who voted pass the change, the revision/amendment shall be incorporated in the text of this Constitution the first day of the next school year.