PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
CODE OF ETHICS
Service to School Boards
Purpose and Objectives
The Louisiana School Boards Association, a federation of the public school boards of Louisiana, has developed into one of the most active and effective educational organizations in the State.
Dedicated to the premise that all citizens must receive the finest education possible, the Association has sponsored progressive school legislation; advocated improved teaching through increased salaries for teachers and administrators; adopted a code of ethics for school board members; and through its own activities and through cooperation with other educational agencies has stressed that efficient public schools are the foundation of American democracy. The Association recognizes that public school will be efficient only if the teachers, administrators and school board members are efficient.
CONSTITUION AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I Name, Domicile and Fiscal Year
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the Louisiana School Boards Association.
Section 2. The Association shall be domiciled in the City of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.
Section 3. The fiscal year of the Association shall be from July 1 to June 30.
ARTICLE II Purpose
Section 1.The purposes and objectives of the Association
a. To promote the cause of public education in Louisiana.
b. To provide the Legislature and other interested citizens with information incident to the passage of sound educational legislation.
c. To cooperate with all other educational agencies in the State in providing the finest educational program possible.
d. To stimulate in-service training for all school board members through a planned program of study conferences and to serve as custodian of any records of in-service required by the Legislature.
e. To collect and circulate information that will enable such board members and the citizens of Louisiana to be well informed on the needs and progress of public education.
f. To present to the public, through its publications, pertinent information and research.
ARTICLE III Membership
Section 1. There shall be three types of membership in the Association: active, associate and honorary.
Section 2. Any legally established parish or city school board in Louisiana may become a member of the Association by paying the membership fee stipulation.
Section 3. Each individual member of a particular parish or city school board becomes a member of the Association. Every active school board member whose board belongs to the Association is automatically an active member of the Association as long as he remains in office.
Section 4. Any ex-member of the Association may become an associate member upon the recommendation of the school board of which he was a former member by paying the membership fee stipulated in these Bylaws. Associate members shall have all the privileges of active members with the exception of voting and holding office in the Association.
Section 5. Past Presidents of the Association who are no longer school board members shall automatically be associate members of the Association.
Section 6. Any person who has rendered outstanding service to the Association or to public education may, by a vote of the Board of Directors, be granted an honorary membership in the Association.
ARTICLE IV Meetings
Section 1. Except in cases of emergency, the Association shall meet during the first quarter of each calendar year.
Section 2. Commencing with the 2011 Annual Convention, the following rotation shall be followed with regard to cities in the State of Louisiana with facilities that can hold the LSBA Convention: Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lafayette, Shreveport, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Monroe.
Section 3. The Executive Director-Treasurer shall notify all member school boards of the date of the next regular meeting of the Association at least sixty days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 4. Special meetings may be called by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V Officers and Directors
Section 1. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, an Immediate Past President and an Executive Director-Treasurer.
Section 2. The President, President-Elect and Vice President shall be elected for one year terms by the membership of the Association at the annual meeting and shall assume office during the LSBA Annual Business Meeting. The President-Elect will assume the office of President without having to contend for the office.
Section 3. Active members only shall be eligible to hold the office of President, President-Elect or Vice President.
Section 4. The candidate for Executive Director-Treasurer who receives the majority of votes cast by the members of the Board of Directors present shall be elected the Executive Director-Treasurer.
Section 5. The Executive Director-Treasurer shall be elected by the Board of Directors for a term of four years and shall serve as a nonvoting member.
Section 6. The Executive Director-Treasurer need not be a school board member. Salary and other expenses of the Executive Director-Treasurer shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 7. There shall be a seventeen (17) member Board of Directors consisting of two (2) representatives from each of five (5) LSBA Districts, the President, President-Elect, Vice President, the Immediate Past President and three (3) members appointed by the president with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 7 (a). Directors from each of the LSBA Districts shall be elected by the active members of the LSBA Districts which each respective Director represents. Three (3) Directors shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee for one year terms from three (3) different LSBA Districts.
Section 7 (b). Vacancies in office shall be filled by appointment by the President for the balance of the unexpired terms with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 7 (c). The elections of the members of the Board of Directors shall be held under the following conditions:
1. Designated Districts. The first LSBA District shall consist of St. Tammany, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption and St. Mary Parishes. The second LSBA District shall consist of Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville and Ascension Parishes and City of Bogalusa, Baker City, Zachary Community and Central Community. The third LSBA District shall consist of Vernon, Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, St. Landry, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Cameron, Vermilion and Iberia Parishes. The fourth LSBA District shall consist of Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Caldwell, Franklin, Tensas, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes and City of Monroe. The fifth LSBA District shall consist of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Union, Lincoln, Bienville, Jackson, DeSoto, Red River, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn and Grant Parishes.
2. Elected Members of the Board. The ten (10) elected Directors and three (3) Directors appointed by the President shall be from different member school boards. Elected members of the Board shall serve two (2) year alternate terms.
3. Only active members shall cast ballots in any election.
4. The election of Directors shall take place at the same time and place as the Annual Convention of the Association. Such elections shall occur at the same time and in the same manner as the election of officers at an appropriate time during the Convention. Their terms shall begin during the LSBA Business Meeting.
Section 8. Any active member who desires to seek an elective office in the Association must notify the Executive Director in writing by registered or certified mail forty-five (45) days prior to the first day of the Annual Convention. In cases where no active member expresses a desire in writing for a particular directorship, then, in that case only, nominations and voting must be made at a District Caucus at an appropriate time during the Convention. Withdrawals shall be in writing by registered or certified mail postmarked at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the Annual Convention. Any active member may seek election to only one elective office.
Section 9. Elections shall be conducted so that in the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a second election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Section 10. If an officer or director of the Association fails to attend two successive meetings of the Board of Directors, without being duly excused by the President, the President may then declare the office held by such absentee to be vacant; vacancies so created shall be filled by the President with the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VI Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President shall call and preside over all regular
and special meetings of the Board of Directors. Appoint
all committees with the approval of the Executive Committee. Have a deciding vote on all questions
case of a tie.
a. Preside over the Annual Meeting of the Association.
b. Perform such other duties as may seem necessary or as otherwise provided by the Bylaws of the Association.
Section 2. The President-Elect shall
a. Assume the powers and duties of the President in his absence.
b. Perform such other duties as are delegated to him by the President or as otherwise provided by the Bylaws of the Association.
Section 3. The Vice President shall
a. Assume the powers and duties of the President-Elect in his absence.
b. Perform such other duties as are delegated to him by the President, or as otherwise provided by the Bylaws of the Association.
Section 4. The Executive Director-Treasurer shall
a. Collect membership dues and other funds of the Association and deposit them to the credit of the Association.
b. Provide surety bond at the expense of the Association in the amount required by the Board of Directors.
c. Edit, publish and distribute to the members, the journal of the Association, one issue of which shall contain the business proceeding of the Annual Meeting.
d. Make a full financial report and a general report to the Annual Meeting of the Association.
e. Keep records of the Association, attend to the correspondence and clerical work of the Association and the Board of Directors and perform such other duties as the Directors may prescribe.
f. All checks on the General Fund shall be countersigned by the President of the Association.
ARTICLE VII Duties of Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall
a. Meet at such times as may be determined by the President or upon the written request of its members.
b. Have power to act in all matters affecting the welfare of the Association not otherwise herein provided for, and where a meeting of the entire Association is inexpedient.
c. Recommend to the Association plans of action whenever it considers such recommendation advisable.
d. Prepare and present to the Convention an annual budget of receipts and expenditures for approval by the Association.
e. Determine annual dues for member boards and associate members subject to approval by the Association.
ARTICLE VIII Dues
Section 1. The Association shall have authority to levy dues as prescribed in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE IX Quorum
Section 1. Active members present at the annual convention shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE X Committees
Section 1. There shall be two standing committees of the Association an Executive Committee and a Legislative Committee.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Vice President and Immediate Past President.
Section 3. The Legislative Committee shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XI Rules of Order
Section 1. Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all meetings in so far as such rules do not conflict with the Bylaws.
ARTICLE XII Membership Cards
Section 1. The Executive Director-Treasurer shall issue membership cards to the active, associate and honorary members.
ARTICLE XIII Amendments
Section 1. Any active member of the Association may propose an amendment to the Bylaws by submitting the same in writing to the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Association at least sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the annual convention.
Section 2. Written notice of proposed amendments shall be given to all school board members by the Executive Director-Treasurer at least forty-five (45) days prior to the convention.
Section 3. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of active members present at the State Convention.
Section 4. In cases of emergency so declared by the Board of Directors, these Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of all school board members through the use of a mailed ballot returned within sixty (60) days following receipt of the ballot.
CODE OF ETHICS
Adopted March 5, 1952
Recognizing that as a member of a public school board I am filling a position of public trust, responsibility, and authority endowed by the State of Louisiana, I hereby subscribe to the following principles by which a school board member should be guided.
My allegiance is first to the children of my parish or city school system and not to any political party or business organization.
I will not seek through my office special privileges or private gain, nor will I use my position to promote my business or professional interest.
I will seek to provide equal educational opportunities for all the children regardless of race, creed, or location.
I recognize that it is my duty to assist in formulating educational policy. However, I recognize that it is the duty and responsibility of the superintendent in his capacity as executive officer to see that these policies are carried out.
I understand that in the selection of teachers and all other school personnel the superintendent nominates candidates for these positions and selection by the board is made from such nominations based on merit alone. I will not bring pressure on the superintendent to nominate candidates in whom I have special interest. I will insist that the board reserve to the superintendent the privilege and responsibility of nominations of candidates for school personnel. I recognize that the training of the child is paramount and that giving employment is a secondary matter.
I understand that I have no authority as an individual board member but must act with and through the board as a whole, and I must be governed by the decisions of the board.
I will keep myself as well informed as possible about the conditions in the school system and about such other matters as will help me serve as an efficient school board member.
Understanding that I am a representative of the public I will endeavor to keep the public informed about the progress and needs of the schools.
I will refrain from making any commitment upon any subject that rests within the school board's authority for final discussion and decision.
Recognizing that all school personnel should work in close cooperation, I will give my hearty support to the total school program. I will not publicly criticize school personnel but will make such criticism to the superintendent for investigation and action if necessary.
Recognizing that the superintendent is the executive officer of the school system, any complaints and recommendations that may have been submitted to me shall be referred to the superintendent for presentation to the board.
I will affiliate with my professional organization, the Louisiana School Boards Association, and as far as possible will attend the convention and take part in its activities.
Recognizing that the expenditure of public school funds is a public trust, I will endeavor to see that all public funds shall be expended efficiently, economically, and for the best interest of the schools.
With a basic belief in the dignity of the individual, I will respect teachers and as a board member I will not subject their daily lives to harsh or petty restrictions which I would not impose on other good citizens.
I will attend board meetings with an open mind and listen to what other board members 173 and other individuals or groups have to say before making final decisions.
I will continue my interest in the school program at all times and as an individual citizen and champion of the schools, I will guard the interests of the school. When citizens and patrons who do not know or fail to remember my limitations of authority call on me to correct some situation in connection with the school, I will not avoid the issue by denying authority but will counsel with the applicant or go with him to the superintendent for a conference in order that the problem may be solved in the best interests of education.
As the administration of the schools of Louisiana is conducted on a parish-wide or citywide basis and as my responsibility is to all of the children, I will consider the program for the whole administrative unit in making decisions. I will not try to seek special privileges for my own ward or district.
Recognizing the rights of the employee and the board, I will insist on following completely the procedure stipulated by law in every case where a teacher or other employee is being tried for incompetency or other causes which might subject him to dismissal.
Adopted March 4, 1952
(Amended January 22,1973)
(Amended February 4, 1978)
(Amended February 3, 1979)
(Amended January 26,1980)
(Amended February 7, 1981)
(Amended February 6, 1982)
(Amended February 16, 1985)
(Amended February 11, 1989)
(Amended March 4, 1994)
(Amended March 5, 2010)