Rules of Order
Bylaws and Rules of Order and Procedure
Roy Elementary School Community Council
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization is Roy Elementary School Community Council (RES CC),
ROY, UTAH. It is a local School Community Council unit recognized by the Weber County
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of RES CC is to involve parents or guardians of students in decision making at the
school level to improve the education of students by prudently expending School LAND Trust
Program money for the improvement of students’ education through collaboration among
parents and guardians, school employees, and the local school board. And to increase public
awareness of school trust lands and related policies and the management of the State School
Fund and educational excellence's. And to help improve academic performance and any other
improvements necessary in accordance with the Utah laws and codes.
ARTICLE III: MISSION STATEMENT
We serve to better our community, school, and kids by ensuring responsible use of School
LAND Trust funds, people, and resources. We aspire to meet the individual educational needs
of each of our students through proper assessment and inspired action.
ARTICLE IV: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Section 1. The RES CC is responsible for the School Improvement Plan.
Section 2. RES CC will assess academic needs and identify the most pressing academic needs
of the school.
Section 3. RES CC will prepare an action plan called a School LAND Trust Plan to address the
needs and meet the goals identified.
Section 4. RES CC will submit the Plan for the upcoming school year and the Progress Report
for this school year, on the School LAND Trust website each spring for approval by the Weber
School District School Board.
Section 5. RES CC will be informed of the development of the Professional Development Plan.
Section 6. RES CC will advise the school administration on local school issues.
Section 7. RES CC will provide an opportunity for issues of concern in the community to be
presented to the school administration.
Section 8. The RES CC provides ongoing support in implementation of approved plans.
Section 9. RES CC may assume other tasks and responsibilities relating to their school, such as
safety, school climate, student and teacher recognition, etc. that are best addressed through
local school collaboration.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. A school community council may determine the size of the school community council by
a majority vote of a quorum of the school community council provided that there are:
a. two or more parent or guardian members than the number of school employee members;
b. and at least two school employee members (one being the principal).
c. If, after an election, the number of parent or guardian members who are not educators
employed by Roy Elementary School (RES) does not exceed the number of parent or guardian
members who are educators employed by RES, the parent or guardian members of the school
community council shall appointed one or more parent or guardian members to the school
community council so that the number of parent or guardian members who are not educators
employed by RES exceeds the number of parent or guardian members who are educators employed
d. Any parent is eligible if they have a child who will be enrolled at the school at any time
during the parent’s or legal guardian’s term of office; and may not include a licensed employee
who is employed at the school.
ARTICLE VI: DEFINITIONS
Section 1. "Parent or guardian member" means a member of a school community council who is
a parent or guardian of a student who is attending the school or who will be enrolled at the
school at any time during the parent's or guardian's term of office.
Section 2. "School employee member" means a member of a school community council who is
a licensed employee of RES.
ARTICLE VII: ELECTIONS
Section 1. Elections will be held during the first week of May each year.
Section 2. Each school employee member, except the principal, shall be elected by secret ballot
by a majority vote of the school employees and serve a two-year term. The principal shall serve
as an ex officio
Section 3. Each parent or guardian member shall be elected by secret ballot at an election held
at the school by a majority vote of those voting at the election and serve a two-year term.
a. Only parents or guardians of students attending the school or who have students who
will be attending the school in the fall may vote at the election.
1. Parents with students currently enrolled at RES are eligible to vote in May
2. Parents with students of incoming Kindergarteners enrolling at RES are
eligible to vote in May elections.
b. Parent members must have a child at the school at least one of the two years of their
c. Any parent or guardian of a student who meets the qualifications of this section may
file or declare himself as a candidate for election to a school community council.
1. A candidate must complete the provided candidacy form provided by the
school and submit by the indicated deadline (which will be no later than 10 days prior to
the actual election date).
2. A candidate may submit a short biography to be included on the school’s
website and be made visible at the school’s office.
Section 4. Voting
a. “Secure ballot box” means a closed container prepared by the school for the deposit
of secret ballots for the school community council elections.
b. Secure ballot boxes will be supplied at the RES main office.
c. All parents/guardians of current RES students are eligible to vote.
d. All eligible voters must vote in person at RES. Eligibility shall be verified from a roster
of RES students. This is to ensure full accountability of the election results and provide
verification and tracking of votes cast.
e. Each parent will cast a vote for each open seat (i.e.: 3 votes total per parent for 3
open seats), there are no additional votes for subsequent children attending RES.
f. Voting will occur during the first week of May of each school year. Results will be
tabulated following the closure of the polls at the end of the week.
g. A simple majority of those parents or guardians voting will determine the election.
h. RES CC may establish procedures that allow for ballots to be clearly marked and
mailed to the school in the case of geography or school distances that would otherwise
discourage parent participation. Hand-delivered or mailed ballots shall meet the same timelines
for voters voting in person.
i. RES CC may allow parents to vote by electronic ballot. If school districts/schools allow
voting by electronic means, the opportunity shall be clearly explained on the school
district/school website including:
1. Directions for electronic voting
2. Security provisions for electronic voting
3. Statement to parents and community members that violations of a school
district’s/school’s voting procedures may disqualify a parent’s vote or invalidate a
specific school election, or both.
Section 5. The RES principal shall provide notice of the available community council positions to
school employees, parents, and guardians at least 10 days before the date that voting
commences for the elections.
a. The notice shall include:
1. The dates and times of the elections
2. A list of council positions that are up for election
3. Instructions for becoming a candidate for a community council election
b. The principal of the school, or the principal's designee, shall oversee the elections
c. Ballots cast in an election held shall be deposited in a secure ballot box.
Section 6. Results of the elections held shall be made available to the public upon request.
Section 7. Ballots and voting are required only in the event of a school community council
Section 8. Unfilled positions
a. If a parent or guardian position on a school community council becomes vacant at any
time for any reason (other than the ending of a two-year term), the other parent or guardian
members of the council shall appoint a parent or guardian who meets the qualifications of this
section to fill the position.
b. If a school employee position on a school community council becomes vacant at any
time for any reason (other than the ending of a two-year term), the other school employee
members of the council shall appoint a school employee to fill the position.
c. The principal of the school shall notify the local school board of each appointment.
d. A member appointed to a school community council shall serve out the remainder of a
Section 9. Terms of office
a. The term of office shall be July 1 through June 30th; each term shall be two years.
b. There are no limits on terms as long as the council member continually meets
ARTICLE VIII: OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers
a. RES CC members shall elect a Chair from the parent/guardian members of the
b. A principal may not serve as Chair or Vice-chair of the RES CC.
c. RES CC members shall elect a Vice-chair from either the parent/guardian members or
school employee members
d. The Chair and Vice-chair will have terms of office for one year or until their
successors are elected.
Section 2. Election of officers – Terms
a. Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected at the final RES CC meeting in the spring of the
current school year.
b. An officer elected by RES CC members may be removed from office for cause by a
vote of two-thirds of the RES CC.
c. When a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice-Chair, a replacement shall be
elected for the unexpired term.
d. Officers may serve in an unlimited amount of successive terms as long as they are
officially elected and they continually meet the eligibility requirements for membership on the
Section 3. Subcommittees or task forces may be created by the RES CC to:
a. Advise or make recommendations to the council or
b. Develop all or part of a School Improvement plan.
c. Any plan or part of a plan developed by a subcommittee or task force shall be subject
to the approval of the RES CC.
d. RES CC may appoint individuals who are not council members to serve on a
subcommittee or task force, including parents, school employees or other community members.
ARTICLE IX: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The Chair shall:
a. Post the school community council meeting information (time, place and date of
meeting; meeting agenda and previous meeting draft minutes) on the school’s website at least
one week prior to each meeting;
b. set the agenda for every meeting;
c. conduct every meeting;
d. assure written minutes are kept consistent with requirements of the law;
e. informs and/or train council members on resources available on the School LAND
f. assure that the council adopts a set of rules of order and procedures, including
procedures for electing the chair and vice-chair, that the chair shall follow to conduct each
meeting. The rules shall be posted on the school website and be available at each meeting;
g. welcome and encourage public participation and involvement;
h. ensures all meetings are open to the public;
i. along with the school principal, create a Meeting Schedule and Timeline of Goals and
Requirements for the school year prior to the first meeting of each year; and
j. delegate any necessary duties as needed.
Section 2. The Vice-Chair shall:
a. Serve in the absence of the Chair; and
b. Support and work closely with the Chair and committee members.
Section 3. The Secretary shall:
a. Record the minutes of all meetings of this RES CC
b. Be responsible for ensuring minutes of previous meeting are posted on the RES
website one week before the upcoming meeting
c. Be responsible for filing and keeping a hard copy of meeting minutes and agendas.
d. Conduct correspondence as required and requested.
Section 4: Parent /Guardian and school employee members shall:
a. Participate fully in the development of various school plans including, at a minimum:
1. School Improvement Plan;
2. School LAND Trust Plan;
3. Professional Development Plan;
4. The Reading Achievement Plan;
5. Community Council Timeline of Goals and Requirements.
b. Advise and inform elected local school board members and other interested
community members regarding the uses of these funds.
c. Attend all meetings as scheduled by the council at the beginning of the school year. A
member can be removed from the council if they are absent from two consecutive meetings and
2/3 of the council vote to remove them. The position would be filled according to ARTICLE VII
Section 8 Unfilled Positions in this document.
Section 5: The school principal shall:
a. Enter and electronically sign on the School LAND Trust website a Principal’s
Assurance Form that assures the school community council at the school was elected, and that
vacancies were filled, as necessary, and that the school community council is properly
constituted with the law.
b. Not serve as chair or vice-chair of the council.
c. Annually, on or before November 15, provide the following information on the school’s
website, in the school office, and via emails which teachers send out to their classrooms weekly
(hard copies will be provided to those children with parents who do not have internet or email
1. A list of the members of the school community council and each member’s
direct email address;
2. The school community council meeting schedule for the year;
3. A summary of the annual report about how the School LAND Trust Program
funds were used to enhance or improve academic excellence at the school consistent
with the law.
d. Ensure that the school’s website fully communicates the opportunities provided to
parents to serve on the school community council and how parents can directly influence the
expenditure of the School LAND Trust Program funds. The website shall include each school’s
dollar amount received each year through the program.
e. Assist the council chair, vice-chair, and members in meeting all necessary
requirements and established goals.
ARTICLE X: RES CC MEETINGS
Section 1. RES CC meetings are open to the public.
a. A Public Comment/Question Period will be included on every meeting agenda.
b. Visitors giving input during the Public Comment Period will be limited to 5 minutes
during the RES CC meeting. Any additional concerns or comments may be directed to any RES
CC member via email. Those additional concerns or comments will then be disseminated to the
entire RES CC.
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c. The RES CC will hear/receive input but will not comment during the Public Comment
d. The RES CC Chair may ask a visitor to tell the council the subject of their concerns
and may decide to put the topic on a future agenda. If the topic is not within the purview of the
council, the Chair may ask the individual to take their concern to those who may address it.
e. The RES CC may ask for removal of any person from a meeting who willfully disrupts
the meeting to the extent that orderly conduct is seriously compromised.
Section 2. RES CC meeting agendas are posted on the school website at least one week in
advance and include the date, time, location, and minutes of the last.
Section 3. RES CC meeting agendas are posted visibly at the school’s main office with the date,
time, and location of the meeting.
Section 4. All RES CC minutes include: date; time; location; names of members present and
absent; substance of all matters proposed, discussed or decided; a record of votes; name of
each person who is recognized by the chair to speak in the meeting; and substance of what is
Section 5. A simple majority is required to take action.
Section 6. The following schedule and report summaries are provided on the school website
AND via teacher emails (a hard copy will be provided to those children with parents who do not
have internet or email access) to each individual household with a student attending the school.
a. The RES CC provides a yearly meeting schedule within the first two weeks of the
b. The RES CC provides a mid-year summary of the council’s actions and activities to
c. The RES CC provides a summary of the Final Report of the School LAND Trust
Program Plan implementation for the prior year in the fall of the following year
Section 7. A school administrator shall assist a RES CC to provide information on the school
website and in teacher emails/handouts ensuring that all parents are notified.
Section 8. RES CC meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified
rules of parliamentary procedure. Items on the agenda take priority over other discussions
coming before the council. Action of the council will be taken by motions and voting. The
motions and voting are recorded in the minutes.
a. Examples of simple parliamentary procedures will be available at all meetings.
b. The council may choose to elect a Council Parliamentarian to ensure proper
procedures are followed if it is determined to be a necessity or of help to the council.
Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53G-7-1203(10). Council actions will be taken by motions and voting with votes and motions recorded in the minutes.
Simple Motions of Parliamentary Procedure
Used by some organizations to assist those new to the process
DOES IT REQUIRE A 2ND?
IS IT DEBATABLE?
CAN IT BE AMENDED?
IS A VOTE REQUIRED
Amend a motion
Point of Order
ruled on by chair
Withdrawal of Motion
A motion (or an action to be taken by the council) is stated as a motion. Someone else on the council “seconds” the motion indicating that at least one other person on the council feels the motion is worthy of discussion. Then the council members may provide input and discussion as called upon by the chair. When discussion seems complete the chair may call for a vote on the motion. Or when a member of the council “calls the previous question” (a motion to end discussion of the first motion), a second is required. Without discussion the chair calls for a vote that must pass by 2/3. If the vote on the previous question fails, the council goes back to discussing the first motion. If the motion to call the previous question passes, the chair directly calls for a vote on the first motion. A vote to call the previous question is usually used to move business along.
- A tie vote is a lost vote.
- Most motions are main motions. A main motion may be amended.
- A point of order is offered when there is some question if procedure had been followed correctly.
- To stop debate or discussion on a motion and force the vote a member would say, “I move the previous
question.” This requires a second and a 2/3 vote.
- Hasty action may be corrected by use of the motion to reconsider. This motion may be made only
by one who voted on the prevailing side.
- A person who made the motion may withdraw the same motion.
ARTICLE XI: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Section 1. RES CC will advise and make recommendations to the school regarding:
a. Safe technology utilization and digital citizenship and
b. Digital citizenship” means the norms of appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior
related to technology use, including digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, and security.
ARTICLE XII: FISCAL
The fiscal year of this RES CC shall begin on July 1st and end on June 30th.
ARTICLE XIII: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at meeting of this RES CC provided:
a. That notice of the proposed amendments shall have been given at least thirty (30)
days prior to the meeting at which the amendments are voted upon,
b. The proposed amendment passes by simple majority of the members present.