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PASCD Constitution    
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Article I: Name

The name of the Association shall be the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD).The Pennsylvania Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development hereafter is referred to as Association.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be the improvement of teaching and learning through leadership.To accomplish these purposes, the Association will cooperate with the ASCD and any other organization that has the same goals.Therefore, this Association shall be affiliated with the ASCD.The activities of PASCD will be primarily guided and defined by the mission and the strategic plan adopted by the Executive Board.This organization does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. PASCD endorses the ASCD’s code of ethics, Appendix A, and has added to it.

Article III: Membership

Section 1
Any person who has an interest in the education of children may become a member and be eligible for all rights and privileges as stated in this constitution.

Section 2

Anyone who pays annual dues as defined in the constitution shall be eligible to vote and hold office in this Association provided they meet proper qualifications.

Section 3

There shall be four categories of members: regular, student, institutional, and retired.

Subsection 3.1
A regular member is defined as any person who meets eligibility requirements for membership, pays annual dues, and is a member of the Association.

Subsection 3.2
A student member is any person who is actively enrolled as a full-time student in Baccalaureate or certification program of an institution of higher education or is a full-time student in a Master’s program, but not employed full-time.

Subsection 3.3

Institutional membership consists of any group of five or more people directly associated with the same school district, intermediate unit, higher education agency, or other educational organizations.Individual members included in this grouping shall be considered regular members of the Association.

Subsection 3.4

Any retiree who wishes to continue as an active member of PASCD must pay retirement dues.

Article IV: Executive Committee and Executive Board

Section 1

The officers of the Association shall be President, Past President or President-Elect, Executive Director/Policy Specialist, and Treasurer.They shall comprise the Executive Committee of the Association.

Section 2

Succession - The President-Elect will serve 1 year, then become President for 2 years, then become Past President for 1 year.

Section 3

The Governing Board shall consist of the Executive Committee of the Association, the 10 elected presidents from each of the Association’s designated regions, and chairpersons of Curriculum and Instruction, Membership, Strategic Planning, Supervision, Influence, and Technology committees. With the exception of the Executive Director and the President, the remaining Governing Board members have the authority to vote on all matters placed in front of the executive board for action.

Section 4

The Executive Advisory Board shall consist of the Conference Chairperson, Diversity, Equity and Access Chairperson, Publications Chairperson, and Scholarship Chairperson. The Executive Advisory Board members serve on theBoard in a non-voting capacity.

Section 5

Meetings - The Executive Board shall meet a least three times, (electronic or in person), per year at the discretion of the President or upon the request of at least five members of theBoard.

Subsection 5.1

The Executive Advisory Board members can attend all electronic meetings, the meeting at the annual conference and the summer retreat.

Subsection 5.2

TheBoard shall meet at the call of the President as provided in Article IV,Section 5, of the Constitution. An emergency meeting can be called at the discretion of the President. The members of the Executive Committee and the Board shall have their expenses paid by the Association from funds allocated in the budget.

Subsection 5.3

Board Attendance Requirement -All voting members of the Executive Board, (regional presidents and designated standing committee chairs) or their respective designated representatives shall be required to attend more than half of the Board’s meetings in person or electronically during a given year. If this attendance policy is not met, the regional president or chairperson may be removed by first receiving a warning letter from the President and if the absenteeism or non-representation continues this will be followed by a majority vote of the Governing Board.

Subsection 5.4

Compensation for Contracted Work - A member of the Board may be contracted and receive compensation for additional work/duties beyond their responsibilities as a Board member at the discretion of the Board.The Board member will continue to maintain their rights and privileges as a Board member while performing these duties. The Board member who is receiving compensation for contracted work must abstain from voting when any business is before the Board which directly or indirectly affects her/his position or condition of employment.

Subsection 5.5

An Annual Business Meeting of the membership shall be held at the annual conference. At this meeting, there will be reports, opportunity to hear expression of concerns by individuals or groups, and transaction of any business that the Board or the Executive Committee wishes to refer to the membership in attendance.

Section 6

Quorum - The quorum shall be 51% of the voting members of the Governing Board. One (1) of the co-chairpersons of a standing committee shall have voting rights and be considered part of the quorum.This designation shall be made at each Board meeting.No business shall be transacted at a meeting without a quorum, but the Executive Board at such a meeting may adjourn to another time.

Article V: Duties of Officers

Section 1

President - The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board and the Annual Business Meeting of the Association.The President or his/her designee shall represent Pennsylvania atASCD trainings, meetings, and other events.

Section 2

The President shall appoint members to such committees as approved by the Board of the Association.The President shall choose the Conference Chair when the chair is not chosen by the President-Elect.This occurs in the years when the position of President-Elect is vacant.The President, in the absence of either the Executive Director or the Treasurer, becomes the second party to approve all bills.

Section 3

Board – The Board shall plan the program activities for the Association and shall approve all committees which will facilitate the carrying out of the programs.The Board shall establish policy which will be maintained electronically on the website and in a policy manual with the Executive Director and the Treasurer.The Board will conduct an annual evaluation of the Executive Director’s and other organization employees’ performance. The Executive Director will not be present when the Board conducts the annual evaluation of the Executive Director.

Section 4

Past President or President-Elect - The Past President or President-Elect shall preside in the absence of the President and shall perform such duties as are assigned by the President and/or the Executive Board.

Subsection 4.1

The Past President or President-Elect may work with regional presidents and act as chairperson of ad hoc committees.The selection of the annual conference chairperson shall be made by President-Elect.The Past President shall chair the Nominating Committee.The President-Elect shall attend designated ASCD meetings.

Subsection 4.2

Should the President become incapacitated for any reason or should the status of the position be changed to prevent his/her functioning as President, the Past President or President-Elect shall preside for the remainder of the term during which the Past President or President-Elect shall have all the powers and prerogatives of the President.If the Past President or President-Elect is unable to fulfill the role of President, the Treasurer shall preside for the remainder of the President’s term.

Section 5

Executive Director - All minutes, proceedings, and resolutions of the Association shall be recorded and maintained by the Executive Director.The Executive Director shall assume responsibility for meeting agendas, policy manual, arrangements for Board meetings, and serves as Assistant Treasurer.The Executive Director may attend and participate in all meetings of standing and special committees. The Executive Director acts as the agent of the Board in all matters according to policies and procedures adopted by the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the annual evaluation of each of the contracted services approved by the Board.These evaluations are to be presented to the Executive Committee of the Association.

Section 6

Treasurer - The treasurer shall receive, expand, and account for such money as needed by this Association.The Treasurer shall coordinate all activities with those responsible for membership and other organization operations.The Treasurer is responsible for filing tax records and providing the Board with the accounting of funds.The Treasurer for the next fiscal year will be selected by a majority vote of theBoard at the final meeting of the Board each fiscal year.The Treasurer shall surrender records at the final meeting of the Board each fiscal year.The Treasurer shall surrender records for examination by an Auditing Committee at the end of each fiscal year or at the close of said term of office or upon demand of the Executive Committee.The report of the Auditing Committee shall be entered in the Association’s meeting minutes.

Section 7

Technology and Communication Coordinator-The Technology and Communication Coordinator will design and maintain the Association’s website. The Coordinator will facilitate all of the digital needs of the Association including all social networking and digital communications. Working collaboratively with other members of the board, the Technology and Communication Coordinator will also maintain the association website.

Section 8

The Executive Director, Treasurer and the President will be covered by a position scheduled (fidelity insurance) bond, processed at the Association’s expense in an amount sufficient to provide adequate protection of the Association’s assets.

Section 9

Members of the Executive Committee are to share all pertinent correspondence relative to the Association with members of the Board.

Section 10

All regional officers and Board members shall be members of the Association and appropriate regional affiliate, unless alternative membership is approved by the President.

Section 11

All Executive Committee members shall be members of ASCD, unless alternative membership is approved by the President.

Article VI: Nominations and Elections

Section 1

The President-Elect shall be elected at large from the entire Association by written or electronic ballot.The slate shall be prepared in advance by a Nominating Committee and chaired by the Past President.Election results will be announced at the annual meeting.

Subsection 1.1

Diverse representation on the Nominating Committee from the Board and the membership must be a priority.

Section 2

Term of Office – the terms of all officers shall begin on July 1, following the annual meeting of the Association at which the results have been announced.

Subsection 2.1

Any member of the Board may make a motion to request a performance review of the President.A majority vote of the Board will initiate the process.This review will occur at the spring Board meeting and be chaired by the President-Elect and the Past President. Following an unsatisfactory performance review, the President’s term may be reduced on a two-thirds vote of all Board members.

Section 3

Officers of PASCD regions shall be installed in the even numbered years in the South Central, Eastern, Midwestern, North Central, and Southwestern regions and in odd numbered years in the Delaware Valley, Northeastern, Midwestern, Northwestern, Southern, and Western regions. There cannot be co-presidents.