Student Government

Prime Minister - Angelica Whiteway

Deputy Prime Minister - Cassidy Coombs

Minister of Spirit - Sydney Milne

Minister of Sports and Recreation - Geoff Mullen

Secretary - Twana Hiltz

Minister of Finance - Amber Dort

Assistant Minister of Finance - Justin Chenier

 

 

Staff Advisors:

Mr Shaun Kelley                   E-mail: kelleysl@gnspes.ca

Mr Grant MacQuarrie            E-mail: macquagd@gnspes.ca

Students’ Government Constitution

Central Kings Rural High School

 

Article I: Name

This organization shall be called the Central Kings Student Government, hereinafter referred to as Student Government.

 

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of the Student Government shall be:

1. to support worthy student projects, talents, and social activities.

2. to manage/provide financial support for those activities

3. to relate the concerns of the student body to the school administration

when necessary

4. to provide recognition for those who participate in school activities

5. to promote the school in a positive manner within the community

 

Article III: Student Body

The student body shall consist of all students of Central Kings. Members in good standing include those who have paid their student fee. All members in good standing of the student body shall be issued a student ID card.

 

Article IV: Fees

A fee may be levied to assist in meeting financial commitments made by the Student Government.

Article V: Student Government Members

A. The Student Government shall consist of both elected and non-elected members.

B. Elected members shall include an Executive, namely

1. Prime Minister

2. Deputy Prime Minister

3. Minister of Finance

4. Minister of Spirit

5. Minister of Sports and Recreation

6. Secretary

7. Assistant Minister of Finance

C. Non-elected members can include members of the following committees:

1. Dance Committee

2. Spirit Committee

3. Sports and Recreation Committee

4. Social Events Committee(s)

* Committee chairs will consist of the Ministers responsible for that department.

D. Non-elected positions may be created, dissolved or modified each year by the Student Government, in consultation with the Staff Advisor(s).

E. It is understood that the term of office for all Student Government members, regardless of when they were chosen, is from September to June of the current school year.

F. All Student Government members must meet Central Kings’ eligibility requirements for extra-curricular activities. (see student handbook).

G. Students must be in good academic standing (consistent with past performance).

 

Article VI: Operation and Supervision of Student Government

It is understood that the formation and operation of Student Government each year, including all decisions and financial transactions, occur under the authority of and at the pleasure of the Principal, who may choose one or more Staff Advisors to serve as overseers.

 

Article VII: Meetings

A. Student Government shall hold regular meetings weekly. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive and/or Staff Advisor(s).

B. Minutes of all Student Government meetings shall be posted outside the Student Government office and on the Student Government website following their approval. A copy shall also be forwarded to the Principal.

D. A record of attendance for Student Government meetings shall be included in the Secretary’s minutes of said meetings.

E. For votes to be conducted at least 5 members of the Student Government must be present at the meeting.

F. Any Student Government representative who – without an acceptable excuse – misses two (2) consecutive meetings or three (3) meetings during the school year must step down and allow a new representative to be chosen. In the event of exceptional circumstances, Student Government may choose to waive this policy.

G. Any Student Government representative who is not fulfilling the duties of their office may be removed and replaced by a new representative.

H. Chairs shall promote and hold meetings of their committees as needed throughout the year in order to fulfill their mandates.

 

Article VIII: Points System

Student Government shall assist with and support a Points System to recognize participation in extra-curricular activities by members of the Student Body.

 

Article IX: Selection of Student Government Members

A. Executive

1. Except for the position of Minister of Finance, Student Government positions shall be elected each school year by a majority vote of the Student Body from grades 9 to 11.

2. The current Assistant Minister of Finance will become Minister of Finance the following year provided he/she has performed his/her duties satisfactorily. In the event that an Assistant Minister of Finance is unable to serve as Minister of Finance for the following year, the Minister of Finance position will also be up for election.

3. Elections for Executive positions shall be held in the spring of the school year prior to the term of office.

4. Any Student Government position which is unfilled in June shall be advertised and filled by application before the end of June.  

B. Committees

1. Committees will consist of volunteers who wish to participate in Student Government but are not elected members.

2. A committee member may be removed from a committee by the Student Government if they do not fulfill their duties. This will occur by a majority vote.

 

Article X: Crest, Colours and Symbol

A. The school colours shall be Kelly green, white, and black.

B. The school symbol shall be the Gator.

 

Article XI: Constitutional Amendments

A.Changes to this document may be proposed at a Student Government meeting, followed  by a majority vote. The Student Government will then inform the school of any changes to the constitution as soon as possible.

B. The Student Government elect can meet and make a constitutional change while the current government is still sitting but the change(s) will not take effect until the beginning of that government’s term.

 

Article XII: Distribution of Constitution

This Constitution shall be distributed to all Student Government members at the first regular meeting in September. An electronic version shall also be available on the Student Government website. Additional copies shall be on file at the Main Office.

 

By-Laws

1. Job Descriptions

All Executive and Student Government members are expected to:

· attend their respective meetings

· check their email daily

· be diligent in following their job descriptions

*See Document 1.0 for specific job descriptions.

 

2. Elections

A. The monitoring and governance of elections shall be the responsibility of the Staff Advisor(s), Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (provided no conflict of interest exists).

B. Candidates must comply with a standard list of regulations supplied to them on or before the first day of campaigning. (See Appendix A)

C. Nominations for Student Government offices will occur through applications for nomination. These will be open for approximately one week and staff advisors will determine successful candidates from the applicants.

D. Election day must be scheduled within 10 days after the opening of the campaign.

E. In the course of determining potential candidates for Student Government, good attendance is considered an asset in the past and future.

 

APPENDIX A: Election Campaign Regulations

1. Signs/posters may be displayed from the first day of the campaign until the last day of the campaign inclusive. (These dates will change from year to year.) All posters/signs are to be taken down no later than 8 AM on election day.

2. Signs/posters/brochures/buttons and any other campaign materials are to be appropriately worded with no negative messages.

3. Signs/posters may be placed in approved spaces only. When in doubt, check with an administrator or building manager.

4. Election speeches will take place on the day prior to the election. Each candidate will have 5 minutes to address the student body. The candidate must be a student attending the school at the time of the election. If there is a planned medical appointment on the day of the speeches, a video speech will be presented. This must be prepared and submitted 2 days before the speeches and must follow a time limit set by the advisors. If an unforeseen emergency occurs, the speech will be read by a member of the current Student Government. The unforeseen emergency is based on the judgment of the Student Government. Candidates must meet school eligibility requirements.

6. All online, non-school-based campaigning must be reported to the Staff Advisor(s), Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for monitoring purposes.

8. Candidates shall observe rules of fair play and positive campaigning practices.

 

APPENDIX C: Dance Checklist

___ Staff chaperones confirmed

___ Decorations (purchase + receipt/cheque request form)

___ Dance Setup (moving tables & chairs, decorating)

___ Dance teardown (removal of decorations, chairs & tables moved back)

___ Coat Check (Make sure a group is responsible)

___ Floats for Door

___ Refreshments for Chaperones (set up + receipt/cheque request form)

___ Thank you notes to chaperones (day after dance)

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