ARTICLE I. NAME. The student governing body of Providence High School shall be called the STUDENT COUNCIL ASSOCIATION or SCA.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE. The purpose of the Student Council Association shall be to represent the entire student body, to organize and orchestrate student activities, and to maintain communications between the students and the faculty, administration, and community. The powers of the SCA shall be derived from the administration of Providence High School.
ARTICLE III. ORGANIZATION.
Section 1. Membership: The Student Council Association shall be made up of a nine-member Student Council Association Executive Board, Class Councils, any national, state, district, or division officers of the National Association of Student Councils/North Carolina Association of Student Councils, and students appointed, selected or adopted into the Providence Leadership class. (Appointments, selections, and adoptions shall be made with the approval of the Student Council Association’s advisor and Student Council Executive Board.
Section 2. Eligibility: Membership onto the Student Council Association shall come from students enrolled at Providence Senior High School during the year to be served.
Section 3. Duties: It shall be the duty of all members to support the constitution, to actively support decisions made by the Student Council Association, and to do all in their power to foster goals and objectives as determined by majority vote.
ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS. Elections shall be held for the election of the nine-member Student Council Executive Board, the three officers for each of the Class Councils and the student body representatives/senators.
Section 1. Times of Elections. The Student Council Executive Board shall be selected during the month of March prior to the year to be served. The Class Council officers shall be elected during April before the year to be served except any incoming class from a lower school system such as students entering from middle schools. Such classes will elect their three class council officers in September of the year being served.
Section 2. Procedures of Elections. The Student Council Association Executive Board shall be elected by the Student Body. The nine-member board shall be made up of the top five senior vote getters and the resulting four positions filled by rising juniors or seniors receiving the next highest number of votes recorded. After being elected to the Student Council Executive Board, the students wishing to run for President or Inter-Club Council President shall go through a second election to decide these officers by declaring their candidacy and participating in a total school election. The officers of Secretary, Treasurer, and Standing Committee Chairpersons shall be elected within the nine-member Student Council Executive Board once the President and Inter-Club Council positions have been filled. The Class Council officers (3) shall be elected by their respective class. The top vote-getter shall be named President of the class, with the two remaining officers listed as First Officer and Second Officer (as determined by the vote count). The Class Council officers can decide among themselves with the advice of their class advisers, whether they need to delegate the First and Second Officer with specific duties.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS.
A. Names. The officers of the Student Council Association shall be: President, Inter-Club Council President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Inter-Club Council President shall serve in the position of Vice-President for the Student Council Executive Board.
B. Eligibility. The office of the President and Inter-Club Council President shall be filled by a rising senior. The office of Secretary and Treasurer shall be filled by either a junior or senior. All Student Council Association Executive Board officers must have a two point GPA and be in good standing with the administration of Providence Senior High School by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg behavioral and absentee guidelines. Officers of the Student Council Association Executive Board shall not be eligible for major positions of other organizations. All students elected to the Student Council Executive Board and Class Councils shall be required to take the Providence Leadership Class.
President. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the SCA and of the SCA Executive Board and to insure that parliamentary procedure is followed at the meetings by appointing a Sergeant-at-Arms. The President shall act as the official host/hostess for the school and represent the Student Body as an official student spokesperson/representative.
Inter-Club Council/SCA Vice-President. It shall be the duty of the Inter-Club Council/SCA Vice-President to do all the duties of the President in the absence or disability of that officer, to serve as Inter-Club President, and to help the President with his/her duties.
Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to check the roll at all meetings of the SCA to keep an accurate record of all proceedings, and to publish these records for the viewing of the Providence staff, administration, and Student Body. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to serve as co-chairperson of the Scrapbook Committee and to keep current materials needed for this task.
Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep an accurate account of receipts and disbursements, to sign all financial request forms, to act as co-chairperson for any Ways and Means project, and to give an up-to-date Treasurer’s Report at each meeting of the Student Council Association.
Section 2. Standing Committees
A. Names. The Standing Committees of the SCA shall be as follows: Spirit, Student Government, School Service, Community Service, Student Service, Communications, Traffic, Class Councils, and Inter-Club Council.
B. Purpose. The purpose of the SCA Standing Committees shall be to carry out the activities and business of the SCA and Student Body.
C. Membership. The SCA Standing Committees shall be composed of the SCA Executive Board, Class Councils, and Leadership Class members. Additional members of each Standing Committee who are not members of the SCA may be appointed from the Student Body by Committee Chairpersons with the approval of the SCA Executive Board and advisor.
Student Representatives/Senators. Class Council officers and advisors shall have the power to select, appoint, or elect Class Council Boards in a manner specific to the constitution or traditions of the respected class. The process of the selection of said board members must be on file with the SCA and the principal.
D. Chairpersons. All chair positions shall be filled by the Student Council Executive Board members with each member holding one chair position except the President and Vice-President. The SCA Vice-President shall serve as the Inter-Club Council chairperson and the President shall serve as the official chairperson for the Student Council Executive board. Class Council Presidents will serve as chairpersons for
A. Rules, Regulations, and Plans. The SCA shall have the power to make rules and regulations and to plan activities for the Student Body, subject to the approval of the Principal.
B. Probation and/or Impeachment. Any member of the SCA failing to comply with the eligibility requirements, duty requirements, and meeting requirements shall be subject to probation until compliance has occurred. The length of probation shall not be less than one month or more than one quarter in duration. If the probation is not cleared within the given range of time, the SCA shall call for impeachment. The SCA shall have the power to bring charges of impeachment against any member of the SCA by a simple majority vote if said member’s membership status is in question. Such impeachment proceedings shall be placed in writing and submitted to the Principal. The results of the entire process shall act as an official recommendation by the SCA of the Principal as to the nature of the impeachment. If a member is in violation of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg disciplinary guideline that results in an in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion, the member will automatically be removed from his/her student government position. Notification of such removal will automatically accompany the administration’s disciplinary procedure.
C. Charters. The SCA, alone, shall have the power to issue and revoke the charter of any school organization. The SCA shall grant the power to the Inter-Club President to represent its powers in this area. It shall be the duty of the Inter-Club President to bring forth an official committee report on the Inter-Club Council at each SCA meeting.
D. Constitutions. The SCA shall have the power to accept, to reject, and to approve changes in the constitution of any school organization. After being chartered, all school organizations shall submit a constitution to the SCA for approval. No changes may be made in such constitution without the approval of the SCA.
Section 4. Meetings. The SCA shall meet regularly once a week. At least one meeting monthly should be exclusive to the Executive Board, one meeting open to the Class Council Officers, and one meeting monthly open to the Student Representatives/Senators and Student Body. Inter–Club Council shall meet regularly once a month. Class Councils shall meet regularly once monthly.
Section 5. Advisor. The SCA shall work in committee and make recommendations to the Principal as to the selection/appointment of an adviser. The actual naming of the adviser is within the powers of the principal. This person shall also serve the position as Leadership Class instructor if such a class is offered in the school curriculum.
ARTICLE VI. THE INTER-CLUB COUNCIL
Section 1. Name. The branch of the SCA responsible for clubs shall be called the Inter-Club Council.
Section 2. Purpose. The purpose shall be to coordinate club activities.
Section 3. Membership. The council shall be composed of a representative of all chartered organizations.
Section 4. Officers.
A. Names. The officers of the Inter-Club Council shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
B. Eligibility and Election Procedure. The President of the Inter-Club Council must be a rising senior and must be elected into the post as a part of the SCA Executive Board. All other Inter-Club Council Officers shall be elected at the beginning of the first semester from and by the Inter-Club Council representative body.
C. Powers. The powers of the Inter-Club Council shall be delegated by the SCA Executive Board and executed by the SCA Vice-President. These powers shall include chartering clubs, organizing and supervising Club Membership Week, and officiating the selection of annual club awards. An ICC constitution shall be designed as a supplement to the SCA Constitution and shall be maintained and adhered to be the ICC organization.
D. Adviser. The ICC adviser shall be the appointee of the Principal.
ARTICLE VII. AMMENDMENTS
A proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be discussed in at least two consecutive meetings of the SCA. If passed by a two-thirds majority, it shall be submitted to the Student Body for discussion and vote. A three-fourth vote of the Student Body shall be necessary to enact the amendment.
ARTICLE VIII. RATIFICATION
Section 1. A three-fourth vote of the Student Body shall be necessary to ratify this Constitution of the Student Body