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Student Government

The purpose of Tampa Catholic's Student Government organization is to develop good citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and service to both the Tampa Catholic community and our own local community. The goals of this organization are to promote harmonious relationships, to improve the morale of the student body, to assist in the management of certain school activities, to provide a forum for student voice, and to provide channels for student involvement.

The Student Government body is comprised of four executive officers and four class officers from each class--Senior, Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen. Faculty members serve as moderators for each of the classes and for the student government at large. The president and vice-president of the executive branch and of each of the classes are elected positions. The secretary and treasurer are appointed by the two elected officers. All members of Student Government must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Requirements
Student Council Office and Class Office:
  • Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 from their enrollment at Tampa Catholic up to the time of election.
  • Approval must be given by the administration.
  • Candidates must exhibit the qualities of leadership, character, service and exemplary behavior in following campus rules and the Code of Conduct.
  • Students must support the school’s Catholic Christian philosophy.
  • Those students seeking the offices of President and Vice-President of the Executive Branch of the Student Council must ordinarily have at least one year's experience in student government, either as a class officer or a homeroom representative. This may be waived if all other criteria are met.
Election Period:

Elections for Executive Student Council Office, as well as Senior, Junior, and Sophomore Class Officers are held in the spring of the school year. Freshmen Class Officers are elected at the start of the second marking period. The Student Council Moderator will oversee the election process.

Homeroom Reps Information

Section One: The following is information that you need to know about being a Homeroom Representative.

1. Structure

A. Homeroom Representatives work with the Class Officers of their class.

B. Homeroom Representatives are under the jurisdiction of Class Moderators.

2. Meeting Days

A. The 4th Monday of each month

B. Meetings will take place in the Class Moderator’s Homeroom

3. Electing Senators

A. Each homeroom will elect 1 senator and 1 alternate.

B. To be eligible to run, candidates must pick up an application form (the bottom of this sheet) from their homeroom teacher.

C. If a homeroom has no one who wants to run, then an "at large" election will be held for the spot from the entire class.

4. Rules Governing Homeroom Representatives

A. Representatives are held to the same behavior/academic standards as any student government officer (2.5 cumulative grade point average; no Dean's referrals or multiple detentions)

B. Representatives may be impeached following the procedure found in the Student Government Constitution

C. Representatives are expected to attend any representatives meetings as well as the class meetings

D. The main jobs of the representatives are to relay information between homerooms and the Student Government, and to assist in the running of class and government-wide projects.

Constitution

Article I NAME
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Student Government of Tampa Catholic High School.

Article II PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be:
To develop behavioral evidence of good citizenship, scholarship, leadership, and service; to promote harmonious relationships; to improve the morale of the school; to assist in the management of certain school activities, and to provide a forum for student voice and channels for student involvement.

Article III POWER AND AUTHORITY
Section 1. All powers of the Student Government are delegated to it by the Administration of Tampa Catholic High School.

Article IV ORGANIZATION AND MEMBERSHIP
Section 1.
The Student Government shall be headed by the Executive President and Vice President who are directly elected as a team by the student body, and a Secretary and Treasurer who, as a team, are appointed by the newly elected President and Vice President.
Each of the four classes: the Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen, shall be headed by a President and Vice President who are directly elected by their respective class, and a Secretary and Treasurer who are appointed by the newly elected President and Vice President.

Each of the homerooms shall be headed by two homeroom representatives, who are elected by the members of their homeroom. This decision is subject to the approval of the homeroom teacher and the class officers.

Article V QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
Section 1. Only students who will be seniors during the term of office are eligible to fill the executive offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Student Government. Students seeking any of the four offices of the executive branch must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 between admission to Tampa Catholic and the time of election;
  • The student must seek the approval of the Dean of Students and a minimum of two of their current teachers;
  • The student must seek final approval of candidacy from the Principal;
  • For the office of Executive President or Vice President, a minimum of one year experience as a class officer or a homeroom rep is required. For the offices of Executive Secretary and Treasurer, a minimum of one year experience as a class officer, homeroom rep, or club officer is required.

Section 2. All registered students of Tampa Catholic are eligible to be elected as class officers provided that:

  • They have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 between admission to Tampa Catholic and the time of election;
  • They secure the approval of the Dean of Students and a minimum of two of their current teachers;
  • They secure final approval of candidacy from the Principal.

Section 3. All registered students of Tampa Catholic are eligible to be elected as a homeroom representative provided that:

  • Their grade point average from the marking period just prior to the elections must be a minimum of 2.0, and they must have passed five out of their seven subjects.

They receive the approval of their current homeroom teacher and their class officers.

Section 4. Any officer of the Executive Branch, as well as Class Officers and Homeroom Representatives, will be removed from office for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to maintain the appropriate grade point average throughout their term in office.
  • Failure to attend meetings and required workshops and functions.
  • Failure to represent the Student Government appropriately, failure to carry out duties, or for any other actions that may be construed to be detrimental to the reputation of Tampa Catholic High School.

Section 5. The removal of an officer from Student Government for any of the above offenses will be accomplished by two-thirds vote of the Student Government. Class Officers have the authority to remove from office any homeroom representative who is not carrying out his or her duties.

Article VI OFFICERS
Section 1. The executive officers of this organization shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Senior, Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen classes will each be headed by a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Section 2. Nomination and election of the Executive President and Vice President:

The election will be held in the fourth quarter of the school year;
Any member of the Junior class is eligible for nomination to the office of President and Vice President of the Student Government provided that they meet the qualifications as specified in Article V, Section 1 A, B,C;
A copy of the rules governing elections will be made available to the candidates prior to the campaign;
Voting will be conducted in homerooms by secret ballot;
All members of the Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen classes are eligible to vote;
A majority of the votes cast shall be required for election;
A tally of votes and the announcement of winners shall be made by the Executive President of Student Government.
The vote counting process shall be overseen by the Moderator of Student Government.

Section 3. Appointment of the Executive Offices for Secretary and Treasurer:
Following the election process, the newly elected Executive President will appoint two students to fill the offices of Executive Secretary and Executive Treasurer of the Student Government;
Students being appointed to these offices must meet the requirements as specified in Article V, Section 1,A,B,C.

Section 4. Nomination and election of class Presidents and Vice Presidents:

  • Upon completion of the third marking period, the election process begins to determine the offices of President and Vice President for the following year’s Sophomore, Junior, and Senior class;
  • Upon completion of the first marking period, the election process begins in order to determine the offices of President and Vice President of the Freshmen class;
  • To be eligible for the offices of class President and Vice President, the candidate must meet the requirements for class officers as specified in Article V, Section 2 A, B;
  • Voting for President and Vice President will be conducted by secret ballot in homeroom on the day scheduled for elections. The winners will be determined by a majority of the votes cast.
  • The voting process and the counting of ballots will be conducted by the Executive President of Student Government, and overseen by the Student Government Moderator.

Section 5. Appointment of the Class Officers for Secretary and Treasurer:
Following the election process, the newly elected Class President will appoint two qualified students to fill the offices of Secretary and Treasurer for that class;
Students being appointed to these offices must meet the requirements for Class Officers as specified in Article V, Section 2 A,B.

Article VII DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

Section 1. Duties of the Executive President shall be to:

  • Preside over the business meetings of the Student Government, using appropriate meeting procedures;
  • Vote on any matter on which the council is equally divided;
  • Appoint committees and follow up on their progress;
  • Conduct an agenda meeting with the other Executive Officers prior to each meeting of the Student Government;
  • Call emergency meetings of the Student Government when an important need arises;
  • Attend all Junior class meetings and monitor their progress;
  • Count the election ballots during the election proceedings of the Executive Officers and Class Officers.

Section 2. Duties of the Executive Vice President shall be to:

  • Perform the duties of the President during any absence of the President;
  • Serve as Chair-person of the Inter-Club Council;
  • Attend all agenda meetings as called by the President;
  • Attend all Freshmen class meetings and monitor their progress.

Section 3. Duties of the Executive Secretary shall be to:

  • Take minutes of all Student Government meetings, type them, and distribute them promptly to all class officers;
  • Keep an official file containing a written record of all activities of the Student Government;
  • Write correspondence for the Student Government;
  • Keep an accurate record of attendance of all meetings of Government;
  • Attend all agenda meetings as called by the President;
  • Attend all Sophomore class meetings and monitor their progress.

Section 4. Duties of the Executive Treasurer shall be to:

  • Work with the Student Government moderator and school bookkeeper in maintaining records of receipts and expenditures of the Student Government;
  • Make a financial report at every regular business meeting of the Council;
  • Count and package all money collected by the Student Government and submit it to the advisor on each day that it is collected;
  • Attend all agenda meetings as called by the President;
  • Attend all Senior class meetings and monitor their progress.

Section 5. Duties of the Class President shall be to:

  • Preside over the business meetings of the class, using appropriate meeting procedures;
  • Vote on any matter on which the class is equally divided;
  • Appoint committees and follow up on their progress;
  • Conduct an agenda meeting with the other class officers prior to each meeting of the class;
  • Preside over homeroom meetings when all the classes of that year gather.

Section 6. Duties of the Class Vice President shall be to:

  • Perform the duties of the Class President during any absence of the President;
  • Attend all agenda meetings as called by the Class President.

Section 7. Duties of the Class Secretary shall be to:

  • Take minutes of all class meetings, type them, and distribute them to all homeroom representatives of that class;
  • Keep an official file of all proceedings of that class;
  • Keep correspondence for that class;
  • Keep accurate attendance records of all class officers and representatives;
  • Attend all agenda meetings called by the President;
  • Place written announcements in the homeroom bulletin announcing the date of the next Class meeting.

Section 8. Duties of the Class Treasurer shall be to:

  • Work with the class advisor and school bookkeeper in maintaining records of receipts and expenditures;
  • Make financial reports at every regular business meeting of the class;
  • Count and package all money and submit it to the class advisor on the day that it is collected;
  • Attend all agenda meetings called by the President.

Section 9. Duties of the Homeroom Representative shall be to:

  • Attend all class meetings;
  • Attend Student Government meetings only when their presence is required by the Executive President;
  • Attend meetings of committees of which they are members;
  • Give class meeting reports to members of their homeroom;
  • Bring to the class meetings the suggestions and concerns of their homeroom members;
  • Assist the homeroom teachers in the carrying out of their duties during the homeroom period.

Section 10. All Executive Officers, Class Officers, and Homeroom Representatives shall serve for a term of one year.

Article VIII MEETINGS
Section 1. The Student Government shall meet on the first and third Monday of each month.
Section 2. Special meetings of the Student Government may be called as necessary by the Executive President or the advisor.
Section 3. Class meetings shall be conducted every other week, twice a month.

Article IX ADVISOR
Section 1. The Principal shall appoint a member of the Faculty to serve as advisor to the Student Government.
Section 2. The term of office of the advisor is left to the discretion of the Principal.

Article X ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT
Section 1. This Constitution shall be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Student Government.
Section 2. Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by a two-­thirds vote of the Student Government.

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