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Mercer School

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Mercer, WI 54547

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METC Bylaws

MERCER ENVIRONMENTAL TOURISM CHARTER SCHOOL

Governing Council Bylaws

Section One

Name

The name of the organization is the Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School (hereinafter referred to at times as METCS)

Location

The educational facilities of the Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School (Mercer School building) shall be located in such facilities as the Governing Board referred to in Section 4.1 below shall determine and may be located in facilities of the Mercer School District (District).

Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School shall coincide with the fiscal year of the District, which is July 1st thru June 30th.

Section Two

Purpose

In addition to the specific and general purposes of the organization described herein, the purposes of the Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School shall include without limitation applying for charter to operate a school, entering into a charter contract (the “Charter Contract”) with the Mercer Board of Education (the “Mercer Board”) or other charter authority, operating a school, fund-raising, grant writing therefore and doing all things necessary or convenient to accomplish all or any of the foregoing.

Section Three

Governing Council

General Powers and Duties

The property, business and affairs of the Mercer Environmental/Tourism Charter School shall be managed by its governing council (or the “Council”). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Council may exercise such powers of METCS as are provided for by law or by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Mercer School Board, the Charter Contract or these Bylaws. The Council may assign duties and responsibilities to appropriate committees, as it may deem necessary.

The Council powers and duties are described in the METCS Charter Grant (initially approved by the Mercer School Board May 21, 2007). Council members only have governing authority during official meetings or other official business. The chairperson will preside over meetings, using Robert’s Rules as a guideline. The chairperson of the Mercer Environmental Charter School, in conjunction with the Implementation Specialist, sets the agenda. A Council member will be assigned to take meeting minutes, and posts notification of meeting dates. In order for a METCS council member to speak for the council to the Administrator, staff or parents, that member must have been given that authority by a formal vote of the Council.

Rules of Order

The Chair, or in the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, shall serve as chairperson at all meetings of the Council. The conduct of the meeting shall be in accordance with established parliamentary procedure. Except as otherwise specified by laws or by METCS governing policies pertaining to its own operating procedures, the Council shall be governed by the rules prescribed in most recent Robert’s Rules of Order.

Council Composition, Term, Term Limits, and Elections

A Council, consisting of seven (7) voting non-school affiliated members and four (4) (non-voting) ex-officio members (Implementation Specialist, District Administrator/School Board Member, Principal, and one student).

The terms for all members begins upon approval of the METCS grant. At an initial council meeting, each Council member will be asked to select a piece of paper indicating their term of office, indicating either a one (1), two (2) or three (3) term of office. The terms selected will begin to July 1, 2008.

Council members are term limited to serving two consecutive three (3) year terms of office. There must be a separation from the Council for one (1) calendar before the individual could again be elected to the Council. The Council may approve exception to this term limit

Election of new members to the Council will be open to any interested candidate to be selected at the METCS annual meeting in May. The Council shall appoint a nominating committee to solicit candidates for open positions and present the slate of candidates at the Annual Meeting.

Vacancies

Vacancies will be filled by appointment by the Council based on a majority vote of the quorum. Interested candidates shall submit a written letter of interest to the Council or the Council itself may nominate them. Letters and/or nominations must be submitted no later than one week prior to the next regularly scheduled Council meeting at which the candidates will be reviewed and voted on. The appointed member shall fulfill the remainder of the vacant term.

The Council is not bound to select a replacement member from the candidates. If the Council holds that all of the candidates are unsuitable, the Council must advertise the vacant position and solicit new applicants.

Attendance

Attendance at regular meetings of the Council is expected. If a member must miss a regular meeting or leave a meeting early due to extenuating circumstances, the member must notify the Council Chair in advance, if possible. Unexcused absences at two (2) or more regular meetings in a row may result in removal from the Council.

Compensation

Council members shall receive no compensation for their services. If they attend meetings or conferences on behalf of the charter school, they shall be compensated for mileage and meals.

Resignations

Council members may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Chair or Secretary. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein. The acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

Recall

Any single council member may be recalled. A petition signed by parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school must be presented to the Council during a special meeting called for such purpose. The petition must contain signatures totaling at least thirty-three percent (33%) of the number of enrolled students as of the date of the petition. One parent/guardian per family may sign the petition for each of their enrolled children.

The Council, upon receiving the petition, shall verify its authenticity and schedule a special Council meeting during which the recalled member may be removed. The removal process of the bylaws will be followed.

Removal of a Council Member

A member may be removed for cause by a majority vote of the entire METCS Governing Council (five voting members). Cause could be for ethical or failing to adhere to the list of responsibilities and commitments expected from council members. A member may be removed for unprofessional or disrespectful conduct during board meetings or official school functions, or while dealing with staff, parents, or community members.

Conflicts of Interest

Wisconsin State Statute clearly limits any financial transactions between the Council members and METCS. Council members shall not be a party to any transaction to sell materials or services, or to work under contract to the school.

Any Council member, officer, key employee or committee member having an interest in a contract or other transaction presented to the Council or a committee thereof for authorization, approval or ratification shall make a prompt, full and frank disclosure of his/her interest to the Council or committee prior to its acting on such contract or transaction. Such disclosure shall include all relevant and material facts known to such person about the contract or transaction, which might reasonably be construed to be adverse to the METCS interest. Such transactions presented to a Council committee will not be acted upon without Council approval.

A person shall be deemed to have a “conflict of interest” in a contract or other transaction if she/he has, directly or indirectly, a significant financial or personal interest in the contract or transaction with METCS. Any contract or transaction entered into in violation of the Wisconsin Statute or failure to make the disclosure required by this law shall be cause for removal or termination.

Section Four

Annual Review

The Implementation Specialist will report annual progress of METCS’ students to the Council at its June council meeting

Section Five

Annual Meeting

An Annual Meeting shall be conducted each year in May on a date set by the Governing Council. All METCS parents and interested persons are allowed to vote. Their responsibilities include:

Selecting a chairperson to conduct the Annual Meeting;

Elect candidates to fill Governing Council positions for three-year terms.

Approve a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

1st Reading – March 11, 2007 – Governing Council

2nd Reading – April 8, 2008 – Governing Council

Approval: To be considered May 13, 2008