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Bylaws

​​Bylaws of Ballwin Elementary Parent-Staff Organiza​tion (PSO)

ARTICLE I​. N​AME

The name of this organization is the Ballwin Elementary Parent Staff Organization of the Rockwood School
District (hereinafter “PSO”). It is a local independent unit created by the parents and staff of Ballwin
Elementary School, having no affiliation with any other association, be it state or national in origin.

ARTICLE II. ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION​

The Organization exists as an unincorporated association of its members. The Organization’s Articles of
Organization consist of these Bylaws, as amended from time to time, and it’s Articles of Association, if any. In
the absence of separate articles of association, the Bylaws shall be deemed to be the Articles of Association. In
the event of any conflict between these Bylaws and the Articles of Association, these Bylaws shall govern.

ARTICLE III. PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES

This Organization is organized exclusively for the following charitable, educational, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code:

To promote the welfare and education of children and youth eligible to attend the Rockwood School District and the Ballwin Elementary School in the home, school, and community. 

To support the school in improving education in ways that will adhere to administrative policy and the Rockwood School District’s mission, goals, and beliefs.

To raise funds for programs and equipment to further the education of children and youth. 

To bring about a closer relationship between the home and the school, that parents and teachers may work cooperatively in the education of children and youth.

To foster communication, cooperation, support, information, and education within the Rockwood School District, including District staff, parents, and the general community.​

ARTICLE IV. POLICIES

Section 1​. No substantial part of the activities of the Organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the Organization shall not participate in or intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Section 2. This Organization shall be non-commercial, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. No comm​​ercial enterprise or candidate shall be endorsed by it. The name of the Organization and names of its officers in their official capacities shall not be used in connection with a commercial concern or with any partisan interest for any other purpose than the regular work of the Organization.​

Section 3. This Organization shall not seek to direct the administrative activities of the school or to control its policies, but can serve as a liaison between parents and administration when concerns arise.

Section 4. The Organization shall be supportive of school educational efforts and student needs. The policies of the Organization shall be developed cooperatively by parents and teachers. The Organization shall conduct all operations in such a way as to reflect positively upon the school and the Rockwood School District.

Section 5. In no way shall one member, officer, or committee chairperson make policy, program, or expenditure decisions, or bind the Organization in any way, absent the consent of at least the Executive Board.

When representing the Organization, any member, officer, or committee chairperson shall be aware of the authority extended by the Organization and shall not exceed such authority.

Section 6. This Organization may cooperate with other organizations and agencies active in child welfare, such as conference groups or coordinating councils, provided they make no commitments that bind the Organization.

Section 7. The Organization shall act in accordance with all Rockwood School District Board of Education Policies and Regulations, which are incorporated herein by reference, including but not limited to Policies 2950 and 3370 and Regulations 2950 and 3370 pertaining to fund-raising activities. No fund-raising activity of the Organization shall financially benefit a PSO member, faculty member, student or parent without prior Executive Board approval.

Section 8. No part of the net earnings of this Organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers or other private persons except that the Organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered. Services provided by members and officers are voluntary and will not be compensated, unless specifically authorized by the Executive Board prior to completion of such services.

Section 9. Any notice required or permitted to be given to members may be given by written notice (including distribution of flyers and posting notices through the school), by telephone, by facsimile, by electronic mail, or by any combination thereof, or by any other method reasonably designed to reach the members.

Section 10. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the Organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (a) by an Association exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law); or (b) by an Association, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the ​corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 11. Upon dissolution of the Organization, the Organization shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the Organization, dispose of all the assets of the Organization by distributing the same to the Principal of Ballwin Elementary School. Said Principal shall, upon the advice of the Ballwin Elementary School teachers and administration, supervise the expenditure of said assets for essential educational materials and equipment. In the event that this is not possible, said assets shall be distributed to organizations as shall at the time qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Organization’s Executive Board shall determine, with preference to be given to educational programs of the Rockwood School District. Any assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court in the county of the principal office of the Organization.

ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Section 1. Any parent or guardian of a student of Ballwin Elementary School and any teacher or staff member interested in the objectives of the Organization and willing to uphold its policies and subscribe to its Bylaws may become a member. Staff members are not required to pay membership dues, if any. Membership in the Organization shall be available without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall determine the amount, time, and manner of payment of the annual membership dues, if any, from time to time. If assessed, each member shall pay the annual membership dues; however, no household shall be assessed for more than one annual payment of membership dues.

Section 3. The Organization shall conduct an annual enrollment of its members, but persons may be admitted to membership at any time during the year as defined above. 

Section 4. The privileges of membership shall be the right to hold office or appointed position, make motions,
chair a committee, and vote. Only those members current in payment of membership dues, if any, are eligible to vote or to serve as an officer or representative of the Organization. Non-members are welcome to attend meetings and may ask questions and participate in discussions as recognized by the President.

ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. The Executive Board shall consist of the officers of the Organization, the Principal of the School or his or her designated representative, and two members of the faculty. The faculty representatives shall represent Primary (K-2) and Secondary (3-5) respectively. Faculty representatives shall be agreed upon by the Executive Board and alternate annually. selected annually by the Principal. Chairpersons of the standing committees and of then active special committees may be invited to attend Executive Board Meetings that pertain to their committee.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall have general charge and control of the affairs, funds, and properties of the Organization and shall maintain records of such in a central location, including current and prior budgets, check registers, governmental forms, committee reports, contracts and correspondence. 

Section 3. The duties of the Executive Board shall be as follows: to transact necessary business in the intervals between Organization meetings; to approve chairpersons of standing committees and approve the plans of the standing committees; to interpret the bylaws, policies, and standing rules of the Organization; to present a report at the general membership (open) meetings of the Organization; to prepare a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the annual budget meeting in July; to approve routine bills within the limits of the budget; to appoint the nominating committee; to appoint a committee to review Bylaws as needed; to appoint a committee of not less than two non-board members, or an independent auditor or CPA, at least two weeks before the Annual Meeting prior to the annual spending meeting in June to audit the treasurer’s accounts; and to make budget adjustments as necessary, provided they do not individually exceed $500.00. Any individual budget adjustment over ​$500.00 requires the approval of the general membership.

Section 4. The President of the Executive Board and the school Principal do not have a vote in meetings. In case of a tie, the President shall have the right to vote only in the case of a tie vote. All other members shall each have one vote.

Section 5. Each standing committee chairperson shall present the committee’s plans at the July budget meeting

to the Executive Board prior to execution of the same. Any expenditure for such plans should be presented to the Executive Board for advance approval.

Section 6. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held during the school year, as stated in the Standing Rules. The time, place and regularity of such meetings are to be fixed by the Executive Board at its first meeting of the year.

Section 7. Special meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President, the Principal, or by a majority of the members of the Executive Board upon at least two days notice.

Section 8. All officers are requested to attend all scheduled Organization meetings and are expected to attend a majority of Organization-sponsored events.

Section 9. On or before the first board meeting of the year, each officer shall be assigned to serve as a liaison and shall provide assistance to the identified standing or special committee chairs. 

Section 10. A majority of the members of the Executive Board must be present at the Executive Board meeting in order to conduct business. Unless otherwise provided herein, a simple majority of those present and voting shall be required for the passage of any motion, resolution, or other vote.

ARTICLE VII. OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION

Section 1. The officers of this Organization shall include, at a minimum, a President, a President Elect/Past President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.(We currently have two Treasures, two Secretaries, a Volunteer Coordinator and a Community Relations Liaison on our Board).Any office may be held by two persons so designated by the prefix “co-“. These officers shall be elected annually by ballot at the regularly scheduled spring general membership meeting by a majority vote of the membership present at that meeting. If the Executive Board includes a President-Elect, the office of President shall be filled by the prior President-Elect. Ballots should be counted by a committee of three persons to be appointed as provided in the Standing Rules. If there is but one candidate for any office, the election for such office(s) may be by voice, show of hands or slate approval. 

Section 2. Officers shall assume their official duties July 1st and shall serve for a term of one year or until their successors are elected and installed. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, or three consecutive years unless determined by vote and majority approval of the Executive Board and General PSO population. Additional officers will be chosen according to the needs of the Organization and upon the approval of the Executive Board.

Section 3. Nominations and volunteers for officers will be accepted from the General PSO Membership. The consent of each candidate must be obtained before his or her name is placed in nomination by the committee or from the floor. The Election shall be by the ballot if there is more than one candidate or by voice or show of hands if there is only one candidate.

Section 4. Spouses may be elected and hold any of the offices as a couple provided that such spouses were nominated and elected as a couple. 

Section 5. A vacancy occurring in an office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Board at their next regular meeting. In filling vacancies, names, not to exceed three, shall be proposed by the Executive Board and additional names may be proposed from the floor. The election shall be by ballot. However, if there is only one candidate for an office, the election may be by voice or show of hands.

Section 6. Any officer absent from three consecutive meetings, i.e. Executive Board and Organization meetings shall be deemed inactive unless absences are due to extenuating circumstances and the Executive Board receives notification of such. Any office having an inactive officer shall be declared vacant and shall be filled as provided herein. In addition, an officer failing to adequately participate or fulfill duties of the office may be subject to removal from office by decision of two-thirds of the Executive Board. Such officer is entitled to a written notification from the President or the Principal at least two weeks prior to the vote regarding removal.

ARTICLE VIII. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The President (or Co-Presidents) shall:

  • preside at all meetings of the Organization and of the Executive Board
  • be a member ex officio of all committees except the Nominating Committee;
  • be authorized to appoint any special committee necessary to conduct the work required for the annual report; maintain the right to table discussions or voting, at his/her discretion, for such reasons as new agendaitems, time constraints, or items that require additional information;
  • work with the Secretary to prepare the agenda for each meeting;
  • be an authorized cosignatory for all accounts of the Organization;
  • work with the principal on designated duties and tasks;
  • attend District-wide meetings, such as the Presidents’ Forum;
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum Leadership Conference;
  • delegate the duties of any position that remains vacant; and
  • perform all other duties usually pertaining to the office.
  • Write articles for all Newsletters: Bear Tracks, PSO Parent Connection

Section 2. The President-Elect/Past President, if any, shall:

  • attend District-wide meetings, such as the Presidents’ Forum;
  • compile and organize informational PSO articles for the school newsletter (monthly) and PSO Connection;
  • be an authorized cosignatory for all accounts of the Organization;
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum Leadership Conference;
  • perform other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the Organization or Executive Board;
  • assist the President and perform such duties that the President may delegate; and
  • perform the duties of the President in the President’s absence.
  • oversee and serve as a resource for specific committees (to be determined at the Executive Board meeting immediately preceding the beginning of the school year); and
  • perform the duties of the Secretary or Secretaries in their absence.

Section 3. Volunteer Coordinator shall:

  • aide the President(s) and President-Elect;
  • have volunteer opportunities available at all back to school/meet the teacher nights
  • help secure volunteers for all committees when requested by a committee chair
  • secure lunch duty volunteers yearly
  • create and/or oversee the monthly lunch duty schedule the lunch duty schedule monthly
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference

Section 4. The Community Relations Liaison Shall:

  • aide the President(s) and President-Elect;
  • be responsible for all incoming and outgoing correspondence for the Organization
  • report on all relevant correspondence at each Executive Board meeting.
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference
  • participate in Caring Schools Community trainings/conferences or appoint an alternate
  • assist the school Community Relations Liason in promoting Ballwin Elem. in the news media

Section 5. The Recording Secretary shall:

  • record the minutes of all meetings of the Organization and of the Executive Board;
  • aid the President(s) in preparing the agenda for all meetings; if requested
  • make copies of the minutes of the prior meeting available to all members of the Executive Board within
  • 14 days of each meeting;
  • maintain a current copy of the Bylaws and Standing Rules, if any, as well as the records of all meeting minutes, a list of all committees and their members, and a list of the current members of the Organization.
  • attend the Rockwood Presidents’ Forum Leadership Conference in the spring
  • perform duties of the Corresponding Secretary in his/her absence

Section 6. The Corresponding Secretary​​​ shall:

  • collect and publish the Organization newsletter –​PSO Connection on or by the 15th of each month
  • collect and publish the Articles for the Schools Newsletter - Bear Tracks by due date and give to school secretary.
  • assist the President in maintaining the PSO bulletin board in the school
  • shall report on all internal correspondences at each Executive Committee Meeting
  • perform the duties of the Recording Secretary in his/her absence
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference

Section 7. The Treasurer (both) shall:

  • during PSO sponsored functions involving PSO funds, one treasurer must be present to oversee the Organization's money
  • all monies will remain in school until counted by two cosignatories who will sign a deposit form. After
  • which all monies will be taken by the treasurer. 
  • all drafts and withdrawals must be signed by two authorized Executive Board members.
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference
  • keep current sales tax exemption letter available
  • receive all funds which shall be deposited in the name of the Organization in federally insured bank account

(#1)The Accounts Receivable/Accounts Pa​​yable Treasurer shall:

  • receive all monies of the Organization;
  • keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures and disburse funds as budgeted or approved by the Executive Board;
  • be responsible for the filing of any necessary financial and tax forms with the appropriate governmental authorities; (990 or 990EZ)
  • file a non-profit tax form by November 15th
  • comply with the statutory requirements and Rockwood School District Board of Education Policies and Regulations, including those provided in the Student Activity Funds Procedures Manual established by the Rockwood School District Board of Education
  • turn the financial books of the Organization over to an Audit Committee of not less than two members or an independent auditor appointed by the Executive Board at the end of the school year for examination;
  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference
  • make disbursements that have already been approved by the Executive Committee through the current year’s budget 
  • funds will be disbursed only by check unless otherwise approved
  • funds will be disbursed only after a proper voucher/requisition paperwork has been submitted to the treasurer within 10 day of submission
  • shall submit a detailed report of monthly transactions to the Reporting/Budget Treasurer
  • all requests for reimbursement for the current year’s budget must be submitted by the last day of school. May 31st make disbursements by check for all major expenditures voted on at the June Executive Committee meeting by the end of the fiscal year
  • present a statement of account at every meeting of the Organization and any other times as requested by
  • the Executive Board; and at such other times as may be requested by the Executive Committee. This
  • statement will include all monies in all accounts belonging to the Organization.

(#2)The Reporting/Budget Treasurer shall:​

  • be responsible for the maintenance of the bank account and records of the Organization;

  • be responsible for the maintenance of all financial records of the Organization

  • maintain a file of the budget reports presented at Organization meetings.

  • maintain an accurate budget report for each fiscal year July 1st-June 30th

  • attend Rockwood Presidents’ Forum leadership Conference

  • present the statement of account, when directed by the AR/AP Treasurer.

  • review the statement of account

Section 8. The Treasurer’s accounts shall be examined annually by an Audit Committee of not less than two members or an independent auditor appointed by the Executive Board no later than 2 weeks before the annual spending meeting. July 10 of every year. When the Audit Committee or auditor is satisfied that the Treasurer’s final report is correct, they shall sign a statement of that fact at the end of the report.

Section 9. All checks written must contain two authorized signatures to be considered valid.

Section 10. The Treasurer and President shall be bonded annually.

Section 11. All officers shall perform the duties outlined in these Bylaws and those assigned from time to time. Failure to assume these responsibilities may result in removal as provided herein.

Section 12. Upon the removal or resignation of any officer, such officer shall turn over to the President or Executive Board, without delay, all records, books, and other materials pertaining to the office, and shall return to the Treasurer or the Executive Board, without delay, all funds pertaining to the office. Furthermore, upon expiration of their terms, all officers shall deliver all official materials related to their office to their successors.​

ARTICLE IX. STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1. Standing committees are committees with on-going functions that continue throughout the year. The chairperson of each committee shall serve for a one year term. The incoming President, with the approval of the incoming Executive Board, shall appoint chairpersons of the standing committees after the spring election.

Section 2. The chairpersons of all standing committees shall mutually plan activities with the Executive Board, and no committee work shall be undertaken without the approval of the Executive Board.

Section 3. The Executive Board may create special committees as needed to promote the purposes and interests of the Organization. Special committees are directly responsible to the Executive Board. Special committees shall be automatically dissolved upon completion of its assignment or upon decision by the Executive Board.

Section 4. An individual may serve unlimited terms as a committee chairperson, if appointed year to year.

ARTICLE X. FISCAL POLICY

Section 1. The Executive Board shall see that a budget shall be presented for approval at the first general membership (open) meeting of the academic year. At that time, additional funds from the current year are also allocated. The Board has authority to make budget adjustments during the year, provided they do not individually exceed $500.00; the Board shall have no power to make the Organization liable for any debt(s) in an amount exceeding the cash assets of the Organization which have not been otherwise appropriated.

Section 2. Each committee chairperson has access to the budgeted funds for his/her committee during the current school year only. These funds will be disbursed by the Treasurer provided the expense falls within the committee’s budget and is substantiated by a purchase order or receipt.

Section 3. Any expenditure that requires carry-over or any anticipated expenditure occurring before the next year’s budget is approved may be approved at the last meeting of the year.

ARTICLE XI. MEETINGS/VOTING

Section 1. There shall be regular general membership (open) meetings of the Organization, scheduled prior to the beginning of the school year. A regular meeting schedule may be established in the Standing Rules of the Organization. Special meetings of the general membership may be called by the President, Principal or by a majority vote of the Executive Board, five days notice having been given. Members shall be notified no later than five days in advance of the date of any rescheduled general membership meeting.

Section 2. Voting shall be determined by a simple majority of members present, except when changing or amending the Organization’s Bylaws, when a two-thirds majority vote of members present must prevail.

ARTICLE XII. PARLIMENTARY PROCEDURE

Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order (current edition) shall govern this Organization in all cases to which they are applicable and not in conflict with these Bylaws.

ARTICLE XIII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended at any membership meeting of the Organization by two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall be given no less than 7 days prior to the next general membership meeting.

Section 2. A committee may be appointed to review the Bylaws, as revised and amended, every two year(s). The committee shall consist of both executive board and non-board members and shall draft any proposed amendments for presentation to the membership as provided for in Section 1 of this Article.

ARTICLE XIV. STANDING RULES

The Executive Board may maintain a list of Standing Rules to serve as a further operating guide for the Organization. These Standing Rules should be revised yearly to reflect the procedures of the current Executive Board.

Revised and amended May, 1991
Revised and amended May, 1993
Revised and amended October, 1998
Revised and amended May, 2000
Revised and amended June, 2006

Revised and amended February, 2007 (as per Rockwood’s Presidents’ Forums district wide Bylaws revision) 2007 Committee members: Rhonda Costa, Susan DiSanza, Denise Funke, Diana Ginther, Becky Ingli, Chris Robinson

Revised and amended April, 2009 by committee members: Maiya Ingram, Anna Speaker, Carol Morrow, April Stelzer, Laura Hamlett, Marta Allred, Sherry Myers, Kristy Thomson