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Constitution

of the
Oak Grove Education Association

Adopted April 2001

Constitution of the Oak Grove Education


Association
Article I Name, Goals and Objectives
Section A The name of this organization shall be the Oak Grove
Education
Association, an affiliate of the Illinois Education
Association (IEA)
and the National Education Association (NEA).
Section B The purpose of the Association shall be:
-to advance public education in Illinois
-to promote the welfare of non-management school
personnel
-to promote within the teaching group the highest
professional
practices
-to encourage active participation of all teachers in the
solution of
school problems
-to urge every member of the profession to be a
progressive
student of education
-to promote participation in school management
Article II Membership Affiliation
Section A Membership shall be open to all full and part-time
certified
teachers employed by Oak Grove School, District 68,
Lake County
Illinois.
Section B This organization shall be affiliated with, and comply
with the
Constitution and Bylaws of the Illinois Education and the
National
Education Association.

Section C There shall be no discrimination in conditions of


membership
based on race, religion, nationality, age and sex.
Article III- Governance
Section A The executive officers of the Association shall be the
President,
President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.
Section B The Executive Board shall consist of the executive
officers and the
Regional Council Representative.
Section C Any Executive Board member, excluding Regional
Council
Representative, may be removed by two-thirds (2/3)
vote of
those members voting at a membership meeting when a
majority
of the membership is present.
Section D Standing Committees
The Professional Negotiations Committee shall explore
and
prepare action programs in all areas of teacher welfare
such as
salaries, fringe benefits, insurance, leave days, and
general
working conditions, and study and recommend changes
in the
professional negotiations agreement as they may
become
desirable and necessary. Three members of the
Professional
Negotiations Committee shall be elected by the
members of the
Association for a period of one year. The election shall
take place

with the election of officers. One of the members shall


serve as an
alternate. The alternate shall serve as secretary and
take notes at
all meetings. The alternate shall also serve on the
Committee the
following year. The Committee shall designate its own
chairman.
Article IV- Meeting of Membership
Meetings of the membership may be called by the
President, a
majority of the Executive Committee, or a petition by
thirty (30)
percent of the membership.
Article V- Voting
Unless otherwise provided herein, the adoption of all
business by
The Executive Committee and the membership shall be
by a
majority of those voting.
Article VI- Amendment of the Constitution
This constitution may be amended by two-third (2/3)
vote of
those members voting in a secret ballot election
provided all
members of the Association received written notice of
the
proposed amendment at least thirty (30) days prior to
the vote.
Article VII- Parliamentary Authority

All meetings of this Association shall be governed by


Roberts Rule
of Order, Newly Revised
Article VIII- Bylaws
Bylaws not inconsistent with this Constitution may be
adopted by
the membership, and amended as prescribed in the
Bylaws.
Article IX- Ratification
This Constitution shall be in effect upon ratification by
two-thirds
(2/3) vote of the members voting.

Bylaws of the Oak Grove Education Association


Article I Objectives
The object of the Association shall be to advance public
education in Illinois and to promote the welfare of nonmanagement school personnel.
Article II Executive Officers
Section A Composition
Executive Officers of the Association shall be President,
a
President Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, each of
whom shall
be an active member of the Association.
Section B Term
The Executive Officers shall be elected for two year
terms, and
Serve no more than two terms in the office to which
they were
Elected. They shall take office on July 15 following their
election.
An election will be held annually for a new PresidentElect, who
will become President in the second year of his/her
term.
Secretary and Treasurer will be elected in alternate
years.
Section C Duties
The President shall
1. be the chief officer of the Association
2. preside at all meetings

3. plan other Association-sponsored meetings


4. appoint, with the advice of the Executive Board, all
committees
except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws
5. sign contracts and agreements
6. have the power and duty to perform all acts generally
associated with the nature of the office which are not
inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws.
The President-Elect shall
1. perform all the duties of the President in the absence
of the
President
2. assist the President in planning activities for the
Association
3. work in conjunction with the Treasurer to update and
return
membership rosters to IEA-NEA
The Secretary shall
1. maintain records of membership and official files
2. assist the President with Association correspondence
3. keep accurate minutes of each meeting of the
Executive Board and each meeting of the
membership
4. notify members of regular and special meetings
The Treasurer shall
1. keep accurate records of expenses and income and
shall report
such records at the Executive Board meeting and
meetings of
the membership.
2. be responsible for the payment of bills, for updating
and
returning membership rosters to the IEA-NEA working
in
conjunction with the President-Elect, and for payment
of dues
to the IEA-NEA as per IEA-NEA policies
Section D Vacancies

1. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of the


President the
President-Elect shall automatically become President
for the
remainder of the unexpired term. If a vacancy occurs
in any
other office, the President shall appoint a successor
for the
remainder of the unexpired term, with the consent of
the
Executive Board.
2. Any officer unable to perform the duties of office for
any reason
whatsoever for a period of 30 days shall submit a
written
resignation. If such resignation is not received within
30 days,
the Executive Committee shall declare the office
vacant and
shall appoint a successor with the Executive
Committees
approval.
Article III Executive Board
1. The Executive Board shall consist of four (4) officers
and
one (1) IEA Regional Council Representative.
2. The Executive Board shall conduct and supervise the
business
of the organization, undertake such expenditures as
necessary
or reasonable for the operation of the organization,
approve
appointment of committees, plan and recommend
programs to
the membership, oversee bylaws, and approve
expenditures.

3. The Executive Board shall meet once a month during


the school
term, and may meet as many additional times as is
necessary
or reasonable to transact business. A majority of
Board
members must be present to conduct business
and a majority
vote shall rule.
4. Executive Board Meetings shall be called by the
President, or
by request of a majority of the Executive Board.
5. Within ten (10) days after the end of an officers
term, each
officer shall transfer records to the incoming officer.
Article IV Regional Council Representative and Alternate
Section A Duties
IEA-NEA Regional Council Representatives shall attend
the
regional council meeting, represent the Association, and
report
Council activities to the Executive Board and
membership as
necessary. An alternate shall perform the duties of the
Regional
Council Representative in his/her absence.
Section B Elections and terms
The election of a Regional Council Representative and
alternate
Shall be as prescribed by the IEA-NEA Bylaws. The term
shall be
for two (2) years and shall commence on July 15 in the
year of the
election.
Section C Vacancies

Vacancies for Regional Council Representatives and


alternates
must be filled in the manner of the original election as
prescribed
by the IEA-NEA Bylaws.
Article V Membership Meetings
1. Meetings of the membership may be called by the
President,
majority of the Executive Board, or a petition of
thirty (30)
percent of the membership.
2. The membership shall exercise such powers as are
not
inconsistent with the Constitution and/or Bylaws.
3. Upon proper motion and approval of a majority of the
members
present and voting, any proposal may be submitted
to a secret
ballot.
4. One-third (1/3) of the members shall be required to
constitute
a quorum.
Article VI Nominations/Elections
1. During the month of April, the President shall appoint
a
Nominations/Election Committee with the approval
of the
Executive Board that shall conduct elections for that
election
year.
2. The Nominations/Elections Committee shall
encourage
members to run for office, assure nominations are
open to all

members and shall accept the nominations from any


members.
However, a candidate for office shall be a bona fide
member in
good standing for at least one year immediately
preceding such
nomination.
3. The Nominations/Election Committee shall conduct
elections
by secret ballot, announce the dates of all elections
to the
membership, supervise the counting of the ballots
and certify
the winners.
Article VII Dues
1. An annual local dues shall be established by the
Executive
Board. The IEA-NEA dues shall be transmitted to the
IEA-NEA
as per IEA-NEA policies.
2. The books and records of the organization shall be
open to
inspection by any member upon reasonable request.
Article VII Committees
1. Committees may be established on a permanent and
ad hoc
basis.
2. The President shall appoint members to any
committees and
name the chairperson with the support of the
Executive Board.
Article IX Savings Clause

In the event a portion or portions of these Bylaws are


found to be
inconsistent with state or federal law, such portions to
the extent
that they violate the law shall be deemed deleted and of
no force
and effect.
Article X Amendment of Bylaws
The Bylaws may be amended by two thirds (2/3) vote of
the
members voting provided that all members have
received written
notice of the date of the meeting and the proposed
Bylaws change
thirty days prior to the meeting.
Article XI Ratification
These Bylaws shall be in effect upon ratification by twothirds
(2/3) vote of the members voting.
4/2001