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Leadership Council Bylaws

Leadership Council Bylaws (2017)

The Leadership Council supports the mission and vision of our program. It advocates for and represents the entire school and serves as part of the information chain. It is comprised of elected parents, a workshop instructor, staff, students and the principal.



EHK12 Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve families who choose to be primary educators by partnering with them in their students’ education.



Leadership Council Core Purpose

The core purpose of the Leadership Council is to serve kids, families and the community from a place of relationship by:

  • Modeling authentic partnership between students, parents, workshop instructors and staff.
  • Providing stability in times of challenge and change.
  • Engaging the community to gather input and share information.
  • Offering guidance, input and wisdom to the principal and staff as community representatives.



The Leadership Council will strive to be inclusive and will use a variety of methods to solicit diverse input from LC members as well as the broader community.

  1. Council Positions: The composition of the council totals 12-13members. The council membership includes:

  1. 7 parents of students enrolled in the school,elected by the community.
  2. 2 teachers or staffat the school, elected by the community.
  3. 1 workshop instructor, elected by the community.
  4. 1-2 student(s), elected by the community. Students must be in grades 9-12.
  5. The principal, who will have a vote.
  6. All council members will serve for a term of two years with no more than two consecutive terms.
  7. Members may run again after a one-term (two-year) break.
  8. Members will be elected by a majority vote in May.
  9. Vacancies will be filled by appointment with the agreement of the full council.
  10. Student terms are for one year. They may serve a maximum of four consecutive terms.

2. Officer Positions/Removal of Council Members

A. Chair

  • Holds office for the term of one year and is elected by a majority vote of the council (when a quorum is present) after the Leadership Council retreat in May. Only incoming members will vote. The term of the incoming chair begins July 1.
  • Serves no more than two terms (one year each) in office as chair, but may serve two terms as a council member (Section 1, F and G).
  • Presides at all meetings of the council and prepares the agenda according to rules and principles set forth in this document. If the chair is not present at a meeting/available for planning, the vice chair will preside/prepare the agenda.
  • Must be either a parent of a matriculating EH student, or a workshop instructor who is a parent of a matriculating EH student.

B. Vice Chair

  • Assumes all responsibilities and duties of the chair as determined by absence or in the event the chair cannot perform the assigned duties.
  • The vice chair will also assume the duties of the secretary in the event the secretary cannot perform the assigned duties. The work of the chair supersedes the work of the secretary.

C. Secretary

  • Holds office as secretary for the term of one year and is elected by a majority vote of the incoming council (when a quorum is present) in June of each year.
  • Serves no more than two terms in office, but may serve two terms as a council member (Section 1, F and G).
  • Compiles and publishes meeting minutes.
  • Ensures relevant meeting minutes, agenda and other informational documents are disseminated to LC members and the community within a reasonable timeframe.

D. Removal/resignation of members or officers. The office of a member of the council becomes vacant if:

  • The member is removed from office by a majority vote of the council OR by the principal for misconduct or if circumstances warrant.
  • The member resigns by giving notice to the chair, or full council in the case of the chair.
  • The member is no longer able to fulfill duties as evidenced by absence of three consecutive meetings without formal approval of the chair/full council.

E. A vacancy in the membership of the council is to be filled and voted on for approval by a quorum/majority as soon as possible. The full council will present names for consideration and the nominee will serve until the end of the school year.


  1. The council will meet a minimum of 10 times (at least once per month between September and June).
  2. The chair will preside at all meetings. In the case of absence, the vice chair will preside.
  3. All LC meetings (not including Executive Sessions) will be open to the public, and a community comment period will be allotted.
  4. Executive Sessions may be called by the chair, or by a majority vote of the council when a quorum is present.
  5. The principal will provide a Principal Report at each meeting excluding Executive Session.
  6. A quorum will be 50% + 1.
  7. A majority vote will be 50% + 1.
  8. Executive Session will include LC members, the principal, and any other person invited by the chair, or by a majority vote of the council when a quorum is present. Information discussed in Executive Session is considered confidential.
  9. Dates and times of regular LC meetings and Community Forums will be advertised in a minimum of two forms and no fewer than two days before the event.
  10. Community Forums will be held no fewer than three times per school year and will address an issue deemed significant to the broader community through a majority vote of the council when a quorum is present.
  11. A working schedule will be set at the beginning of each school year. A suggested monthly framework is: Community forum, regular meeting, committee/working group meeting, regular meeting.
  12. All regular LC meetings must include a Community Comments section (1 person/1 comment, max 3 minutes per comment).
  13. The principal is responsible for establishing norms of confidentiality.

4. Agenda

  1. LC members will propose agenda items.
  2. Proposed agenda items will be placed on the agenda within two meetings after proposal.
  3. The chair and principal may add agenda items without council approval as needed; however, the council should have input as to the overall direction of the work.
  4. A majority vote (or agreement) of the council must occur for a proposed agenda item to be tabled.

5. Committees

  1. The council may create standing or special committees to perform specific tasks, responsibilities, and/or to make recommendations to the full council.
  2. Before beginning work, each committee will present a scope of work to the full council for approval.
  3. All LC members will participate on a minimum of one committee, in one leadership position or one needed role per year.
  4. Committees will contain a minimum of one LC member and members of the community. Every effort should be made to include diverse perspectives and viewpoints.
  5. Committees will submit final reports or conclusions to the full council for consideration.
  6. Standing Committees (required committees) include: Nominating Committee, Community Forum Committee.
  7. Standing Committee memberships will be decided in October, and other committees formed/staffed as needed throughout the year.

6.Changes to Bylaws

  1. By-laws may be changed once per year (in May) by a majority vote of the current council when a quorum is present and before new members are elected.
  2. Changes should be entered into with caution and due diligence.

Adopted unanimously June 1, 2017

Council Members: Tiffany Brown-Lutack; Christina Federighi; Zara Hassan; Anne Holter; Anne Jenness; Jessica Lemley-Carballo; Scott Mauk; April Osborne; Sarah Stuhlsatz-Krouper; Fericita Varga; Sarah Waggoner; Erin Zackey

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