PASO ROBLES HIGH SCHOOL Associated Student Body Constitution (Revised April 14, 2000) We, the students of Paso Robles High School, in order to develop the highest standards of scholarship, create and maintain adequate activities, promote a school-wide spirit of harmony and cooperation, contribute to the general welfare, and provide a sound basis for the development of a better Student Body, do ordain and establish this constitution for the Associated Student Body of Paso Robles High School. ARTICLE I - Name and Color Section 1 - Name. This organization shall be known as the Paso Robles High School Associated Student Body. Section 2 - Color. The colors of this organization shall be Crimson and White. ARTICLE II – Purpose Section I - Purpose. It shall be the purpose of' this organization to promote a just and efficient student government, foster high ideals of life and work, place the relations of students and faculty upon a plane of mutual confidence and good will, and uphold the ideals of "The Paso Way.” ARTICLE III – Authority Section I - Expressed and Implied Powers. This Associated Student Body and all organizations therein shall be empowered only with such authority as may be specifically expressed in this constitution or as may be reasonably implied from the expressed powers of such. Section 2- Authority of the Administration. The authority granted the Associated Student Body through this constitution shall in no way be held as binding or hindering to the natural and inherit authority of the administration of this institution. In all cases administrative decisions shall be held supreme and conclusive. ARTICLE IV – Membership Section 1 - Membership. All students enrolled at Paso Robles High School holding Associated Student Body Cards shall be members of the Associated Student Body. All members should meet in an Associated Student Body meeting whenever the Student Council deems such a meeting necessary. All students who are not ASB members shall be referred to the administration during such ASB functions. ARTICLE V - Associated Student Body Officers Section 1 - Enumeration. The officers of this Associated Student Body shall be the ASB President, Vice-President, Commissioner of Records, Commissioner of Entertainment, Commissioner of Finance, Commissioner of Publicity, Commissioner of Athletics, Commissioner of Elections, Parliamentarian, Student School Board Representative, Commissioner of Staff - Student Relations, and Commissioner of Community Relations. Section 2- Duties. A. ASB PRESIDENT 1.) Shall preside at Student Body assemblies and Student Body meetings. 2.) Shall preside at all Student Council meetings. 3.) Shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Student Council. 4.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 5.) Shall have previously been enrolled in the Paso Robles High School Leadership class for a minimum of one year. 6.) Shall attend a mandatory leadership camp after election. 7.) Shall be a senior at Paso Robles High School during his/her term. 8.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. B. ASB VICE PRESIDENT 1.) Shall act as President of the Associated Student Body in absence of the ASB President. 1.) Shall serve as ex-officio member to the standing committees of the Student Council. 2.) Shall be an active member of the Constitution Committee. 3.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of his/her ability. 4.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 5.) Shall see that all Student Council members and leadership students receive and have studied the PRHS ASB Constitution. 6.) Shall collect all club constitutions and names of elected officers no later than October 15 of each year: 7.) Shall be enrolled in, and an active participant of, the Leadership class. 8.) Shall have previously been enrolled in the Paso Robles High School Leadership class for a minimum of one year. 9.) Shall attend a mandatory Leadership camp after election. 10.) Shall be a senior at Paso Robles High School during his/her term. 11.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. C. COMMISSIONER OF RECORDS 1.) Shall keep and make readily available minutes (within 4 days) of the Student Council meetings and Student Body meetings. These minutes shall be distributed to all faculty members and interested students. 2.) Shall maintain necessary Associated Student Body Records. 3.) Shall manage necessary Associated Student Body correspondence. 4.) Shall prepare an agenda two days prior to the general sessions of the Student Councils. 5.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in, and active participant of, the Leadership class. 7.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. D. COMMISSIONER OF ENTERTAINMENT 1.) Shall have charge of assembly programs and ASB receptions. 2.) Shall be general chairperson of the Homecoming committee. 3.) Shall be chairperson of all ASB assemblies/performances (talent/Mock Rock/Motivational, etc.) 4.) Shall be in communication with cheerleading squad to assist with pep assemblies. 5.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 7.) Shall have previously been enrolled in the Paso Robles High School Leadership class for a minimum of one year. 8.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. E. COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE 1.) Shall keep financial records of the Student Council. 2.) Shall be Chairperson of the Student Finance Committee. 3.) Shall be in charge of sales and distribution of Student Body cards. 4.) Shall assist at all ASB sponsored events where money is taken. 5.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in. and active participant of the Leadership class. 7.) Shall have previously been enrolled in the Paso Robles High School Leadership class for a minimum of one year. 8.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. F. COMMISSIONER OF PUBLICITY 1.) Shall be responsible for advertising all school entertainment, games and other activities. 2.) Shall keep the bulletin boards and Marquee in order. 3.) Shall approve all ASB posters and other ASB materials that may be posted. 4.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 5.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 6.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. G. COMMISSIONER OF ATHLETICS 1.) Shall be in charge of keeping activities calendar up to date with all athletic events. 2.) Shall help promote all athletic events to school, to local media and the community. 3.) Shall assist with lunchtime intramural athletics. 4.) Shall be in weekly contact with Athletic Director to help, and assist in a variety of athletic events (Awards Night, home games etc.) 5.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 7.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her to the best of their ability. H. COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS 1.) Shall be Chairperson of the Elections Committee. 2.) Shall preside over all meetings of the Elections Committee. 3.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 4.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 5.) Shall be a senior at Paso Robles High School during his/her term. 6.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. I. ASB PARLIAMENTARIAN Shall insure the adherence of all ASB and Student Council meetings to parliamentary procedures according to Robert's Rules of Order and the interaction method for meetings. Shall be Chairperson of the Constitution Committee of the Student Council. Shall give instruction the first quarter of each year on Parliamentary Procedures and Interaction Method and then administer a test to insure comprehension. Shall see that all members comply with activity rating. Shall keep attendance records for all ASB Student Council meetings. Shall remind all elected officers of their responsibilities and if necessary initiate the recall process. Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. J. STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE 1.) Shall attend and give PRHS Student Report at all School Board public meetings. 2.) Shall meet with Activities Director and Principal before each School Board meeting to prepare and review appropriate information. 3.) Shall report back to the Student Council on activities of School Board. 4.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 5.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 6.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. K. COMMISSIONER OF STAFF RELATIONS 1.) Shall be responsible for communication with the staff members of Paso Robles High School. 2.) Shall assist in the selection of Teacher of the Month. 3.) Shall confer with and assist the Community of Caring Chairperson with all Student/Staff events. 4.) Shall be responsible for favorable relations with the staff of PRHS. 5.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 7.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. L. COMMISSIONER OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS 1.) Shall be responsible for communication with all community organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Association, that may require the assistance of the Leadership class. 2.) Shall inform the ASB and campus clubs on the opportunities for community service with these organizations. 3.) Shall attend all regularly scheduled Student Council meetings. 4.) Shall be enrolled in and active participant of the Leadership class. 5.) Shall carry out the duties of his/her office to the best of their ability. Section 3- Qualifications for ASB officers. A. Candidates for all ASB offices must meet the following requirements: a. Must have scholastic standing of a "C" or better, including PE, on the previous semester grades. b. Must have an Associated Student Body card. c. Must not have a serious disciplinary record as interpreted by the Administration. B. The following offices shall be open to seniors only: ASB President, Vice President, and Commissioner of Elections. C. Candidates for Parliamentarian must pass a test on parliamentary procedures. ARTICLE VI - Student Council Section I - Membership Voting membership in the Student Council shall consist of the ASB President, the ASB Vice President, the Parliamentarian, the eight ASB Commissioners, the four class presidents, vice presidents, secretary/treasurers, parliamentarians, and the three representatives from each class to be elected by their respective classes. Section 2- Sponsorship A joint Administration-Student Council committee shall appoint one faculty member to serve as advisor to the Student Council. Section 3- Authority The Student Council shall have the power to: A. Take action relevant to ASB functions, activities, and in matters concerning the student government. B. Propose legislation for the Associated Student Body's approval. C. Enact appropriate temporary legislation and policies in time of need. Section 4- Committees A. Standing committees shall exist within the Student Council and be set up prior to October 1st. Members of these standing committees shall be appointed by the ASB President unless otherwise designated by this constitution. The ASB Vice President shall serve as advisor to the various standing committees of the Student Council. Committees shall choose their own chairman except when predesignated by this constitution. No member of the Student Council may serve more than two such committees. B. The Constitution committee shall: 1.) Have the ASB Parliamentarian serving as its chairman and the Chief Elector as a member. 2.) Convene to analyze, evaluate and approve the various club constitutions. 3.) Approve no constitution that conflicts in any way with that of the ASB. 4.) First convene during the first quarter of each school year to study the Constitution of each of the various school organizations. 5.) Convene whenever it is deemed necessary to approve the constitution of a newly established club or to reconsider that of a presently existing club. 6.) Invite an organization member to a session for the purpose of interpreting that organization's constitution whenever the presence of such a member is deemed necessary. 7.) Decide the Constitutionality and need of proposed amendments. C. The Elections Committee shall: 1.) Conduct all ASB elections. 2.) Count ballots of all elections prior to 12 (midnight) of the same day. 3.) Enforce all rules pertaining to ASB elections. D. The Student Finance Committee shall: 1.) Have the Commissioner of Finance as its chairman. Be composed of all class and club treasurers. 2.) Review and recommend for approval all budgets from the various organizations prior to May 15. 3.) Have the newly elected Commissioner of Finance attend all meetings for the remainder of the school year with no vote. 4.) Meet monthly E. The Entertainment Committee shall: 1.) Have the Commissioner of Entertainment serving as its chairperson. 2.) Function for the purpose of organizing and presenting a commendable Homecoming during the football season of the current school year. 3.) Designate a Homecoming Parade Committee that shall a.) Approve requests for floats from the four classes and several organizations. b.) Select a group of non-faculty, community members, to judge floats appearing in the afternoon parade. The committee shall then arrange these floats to appear between the Varsity and JV football games. c.) Organize both afternoon and evening parades and judge decorated vehicles. 4.) Organize post-football game dances. 5.) Organize and present a commendable Mock Rock (lip synchronization contest) in the spring. 6.) Present motivational assemblies and speakers for students. 7.) Be granted the funds necessary to fulfill its function from the General Fund. Section 5 - Managing. Members of the Student Council shall have a period assigned for explicit purpose of managing the student government. One day of the week shall be spent in committee work. Either the Student Body President or the Advisor to the Student Council shall have the power to summon the Student Council for special meetings. Any interested ASB member may attend the general session of the Student Council without vote and may be invited to attend committee meetings. Section 6 - Quorum. A quorum of the Student Council shall be composed of a majority of the Student Council voting members. ARTICLE VII - Class Officers Section 1 - Purpose The four classes will elect a slate of officers each year. It shall be the purpose of these officers to coordinate the activities of their respective classes. Section 2 - Officers and Duties A. The class officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and three Representatives to the Student Council B. The Duties 1.) It shall be the duty of the President to preside over all class meetings and to serve on the Student Council. 2.) It shall be the duty of the Vice President to oversee all class activities and to assume the President's duties when the class President is absent. 3.) It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to keep the minutes of all the class meetings, to keep a record of the class funds, and to serve on the Student Finance Committee. 4.) It shall be the duty of the Parliamentarian to advise the presiding officer as to the rules of the parliamentary Procedure. 5.) It shall be the duty of the Class Representative to represent their class at Student Council meetings. 6.) Shall be enrolled in and be an active participant of the Leadership class. Section 3 - Qualifications All class officers shall meet those qualifications set for the Associated Student Body Officers. ARTICLE VIII - Recognition of Clubs Section 1 - Qualifications for Recognition Clubs shall be recognized by the Associated Student Body. This recognition shall be based on a club's having obtained the following achievements. A. Approval of a constitution by the current standing constitution committee. B. Establishment of a firm membership. C. Election of a slate of officers. D. Being beneficial to the ASB in promoting its purpose. Section 2 - Establishment of Recognition A. Recognition shall be established by the majority vote of the Student Council. B. Recognition shall be valid indefinitely unless one of the four preceding achievements is not fulfilled, thereby establishing immediate suspension of recognition until further vote of the Student Council. C. Upon recognition, a club's name shall be liberally added to the list in this constitution and likewise, upon suspension of recognition a club's name shall be liberally removed from the list without due process of amendment. Section 3 - Enumeration of Clubs The following clubs are hereby recognized by the Associated Student Body and one representative of each shall be recognized without vote, at all general Student Council meetings directly concerned with the functions of the club. (See last page) ARTICLE IX - Activity Rating Section 1 - Purpose and Definition The rating system is designed to distribute leadership among as many students as is adequately possible. It is based on the time, effort, and responsibility believed necessary to idealistically perform the duties of the ASB offices. Its limitations prevent a monopoly of positions and thus serve to maintain balance and organization within our school government. The system shall have a maximum total of eight points. No one student may hold a combination of positions such that the total of points exceeds this maximum. Section 2 - Distribution of Points A. The following offices and positions shall be defined by the given number of points: B. Student Council positions, as defined in Article VI, Section 1, and the position of Commissioner of Elections shall each denote six points. C. Song leaders and Cheerleaders shall each denote six points. D. Club officers shall denote two points except for the presidency, which shall denote four points. E. Class officers (excluding President and Class Representatives) shall each denote three points. F. Editor and Business Manager of the El Roble and "Bearcat News" shall each denote four points. Section 3 - Exceptions A. The distribution of points is subject to change of approved through the Student Council. B. In order to obtain this approval the student in question must come before the Student Council. At this time a vote will be conducted and approval or disapproval will be decided. ARTICLE X – Elections Section 1 - Election of Student Body Officers A. Nominations 1.) All nominations shall be initiated by petitions sponsored by the members of the Associated Student Body and shall be filed with the Student Council Advisor no later than 3:00 p.m., 3 days preceding the nominations assembly. The nominations and the acceptance assembly will be held jointly. 2.) These petitions shall be signed by at least 7% of the members of the Associated Student Body. 3.) No members of the Associated Student Body shall sign more than one petition for each office. 4.) Candidates failing to make an acceptance speech shall automatically be disqualified except in the case of illness. 5.) Nomination and acceptance speeches shall be no less than two minutes and no more than five minutes, except for the ASB President who is allowed eight minutes. B. Campaigning 1.) Campaigning shall not begin until the day of the Nomination meeting. 2.) Campaign publicity a.) The number and size of the posters shall be designated by the Election Committee. b.) Violation of any of the preceding rules shall be ground for immediate disqualification by the decision of the Election Committee. C. Elections 1.) The Election Committee shall conduct the voting. 2.) ASB Elections will be held during the fourth week of April. 3.) A run-off election shall be held the day following the original election if necessary. 4.) The Australian Ballot shall be used. 5.) All polls shall be officially open 30 minutes before the starting time of school. That shall be open during the honor break and the noon hour, and they shall be closed 20 minutes after the closing time of school. 6.) Ballots shall contain all offices and the names of the candidates for each office in alphabetical order. 7.) All ballots shall be counted by 12 midnight the day of the election. 8.) A majority of all votes cast for the office is necessary for election except in the case of Associate Electors who shall receive a plurality of the votes cast. 9.) Failure to observe any election rule shall result in disqualification by the Election Committee. Section 2 - Election of Class Officers A. Class elections shall be conducted no sooner than one week after the election of the ASB Officers B. Candidates shall sign the intent to run sheet in the office before a required date set by the Student Council. 1.) A ballot shall be set according to class. 2.) From this ballot a President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and the three Class Representatives shall be elected by a majority vote. 3.) The votes shall be counted under the supervision of the Election Committee by 12 midnight of the same day. C. A run-off election shall be held within a week following the first election. D. Campaign rules and consequences of their violation are the same as for ASB officers with one exemption. Posters shall be confined to rooms in which teachers have agreed to permit them. E. Freshmen Class Elections shall be conducted prior to the termination of the first quarter of the school year. F. All persons running for a class office must have a petition signed by at least 45 members of that class. G. The process of filling a class office that has been vacated by recall or transfer: those who wish to run may sign-up and the class will hold an election. This is good for all officers except President where the Vice President will take over. Section 3 - Homecoming Elections A. The Commissioner of Elections will count preliminary nominations as they are received by the Student Body. B. The Activities Director or qualified Staff Member will count the final votes for the Homecoming Court. ARTICLE XI - Fulfillment of Vacancies Section 1 - ASB Officers If for any reason an ASB officer has a permanent absence due to recall or transfer, the ASB President will nominate a replacement and the Student Council voting member will show they respect it by voting for or against it. This will be good except in the case of the President where the Vice President will take over. Section 2 - Class Officers A. Candidates shall sign the intent to run sheet in the office before a required date set by the Student Council. B. Campaigns shall be confined to rooms in which the teachers have agreed to permit them. C. Australian Ballot shall be used in the election, which shall be held two days after the final sign-up date. D. Votes shall be counted under the supervision of the existing class officers by 12 midnight of the same day. ARTICLE XII – Recall Section 1 - Recall of ASB Officers A. Any ASB officer who is not satisfactorily performing his/her duties and obligations as stated by this Constitution may be recalled from the office by the following procedure: B. A petition must be obtained from and approved by the Student Council in the absence of the officer in question. C. The petition must be signed by 25% of the ASB and presented to the ASB President or the Commissioner of Records, if the President is the one in question, within one week of the date of issue. D. The Student Council shall set a voting date not to exceed one week after the petition is returned to the Commissioner of Records or to the ASB President. E. In order for the officer(s) to be recalled, a two-thirds majority vote of the voters must be obtained. Section 2 - Recall of Class Officers A. A request for a petition must be presented to the Student Council. B. If the Student Council finds justification for the proposed recall, a petition will be issued which must then be signed by 25% of the class and presented to the Class President or to the Secretary-Treasurer in the cases of the President being in question. a. The class shall set a voting date not to exceed one week after the petition is presented to the Class President or Secretary-Treasurer. C. In order for the officer to be recalled, a two-thirds majority of the class voters must be obtained. Section 3 - Resignation of Officers Any ASB Officer may choose to resign from his/her office. The letter must be written to the ASB President or Vice-President then submitted for approval by the Student Council. ARTICLE XIII – Amendments Section 1 - Student Council Procedure Any proposed amendment to this constitution must be presented in writing to the Student Council. Following approval by the Constitution Committee the said amendment shall go before the entire Student Council. If acted upon favorably, by the Student Council, it shall be voted upon by ballot not less than two weeks no more than three weeks of school attendance time after it has been presented. If the amendment receives two thirds of the ASB votes cast, it shall become a part of this Constitution, providing at least 50% of the ASB cast ballots. Section 2 - Initiative Any ASB member may initiate a proposed amendment to the ASB Constitution by the following procedure: The ASB member shall circulate a petition starting the amendment, which must be signed by at least 25% of all ASB members. These signatures together with the proposed amendment shall be presented to the ASB President. The ASB President shall present this proposed amendment to the entire ASB membership prior to one week before the voting day. The ASB members shall vote on this proposed amendment prior to the termination of that semester. If the proposed amendment receives two thirds of the ASB votes cast, it shall become a part of this constitution. ARTICLE XIV- Ratification Following the approval of this Constitution by the Student Council, it shall be presented to the Associated Student Body for final vote. If then ratified by two thirds of the student voting, providing that at least 50% of the ASB members vote, this constitution shall be considered approved and shall become effective at the beginning of the 1964-1965 school year, except for the combining of the class offices of secretary and treasurer and the dismissal of the presidency of AFS from the duties of the ASB Vice President (formerly Commissioner of Citizenship), which shall take effect the following year. BILL OF LAWS Section 1 - Purpose It shall be the purpose of this Bill of Laws to form a standard basic conduct. These laws are not established to be a policy of policing the students but rather they are meant to be a guide for student behavior. Section 2 - Additions to the Bill of Laws Any proposed addition to the Bill of Laws shall be presented to the Student Council. Such proposals must be passed by a majority vote in the Student Council before the legislation will be put to vote by the ASB. All additions proposed by the Student Council must be brought to a vote of the ASB not less than two week nor more than three weeks of school attendance time after being presented to the Student Council. If the law receives approval by two-thirds of the ASB members, providing that at least 50% of' the ASB members voted, it shall become a law. Section 3- Statutes A. Student Apparel and Hair styles 1.) All regulations will be in agreement with the current dress code. B. Conduct during Assemblies Students shall conduct themselves in a mature manner during assemblies. Assemblies are a privilege which should be respected by the students. C. Conduct during Pep Rallies Students shall conduct themselves in a mature fashion during pep rallies and assemblies, giving the cheerleaders and song leaders full cooperation. D. Athletic Code- see separate section for complete athletic code. E. Littering the Campus Students shall not litter the school grounds; trash cans are located about the campus for student’s convenience. F. Conduct ´┐╝ in Campaigns and Elections 1.) The destruction or defacement of campaign poster will not be tolerated. 2.) Excessive heckling will not be permitted. 3.) Any violation of the election or campaign rules will result in disqualification. G. Pedestrian Violations 1.) Students shall conduct themselves in a mature manner whenever representing their school. The reflection given by the student conduct is the criterion for judgment of our school.

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