Starting Monday, March 25, Harrison County High School will be accepting nominations for Parent and Teacher Site Based Decision Making Council positions for the 2013-14 school year. If you are interested in serving as a teacher member, fill out a Teacher Nomination form and return it to the front office at HCHS in a sealed envelope. Deadline for submission will be Friday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Elections will take place on Monday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the HCHS Library.
If you know a parent who would like to serve on the site base council, a nomination form for those positions must also be filled out. SBDM Council Parent Elections will take place on Monday, April 8 from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the HCHS front office.
Parent members: The legal definition of parent allows biological parents, stepparents, foster parents, or persons who have court ordered legal custody to be nominated or to vote. According to the law, parents who are nominated or who wish to vote must have a child “pre-registered to attend” the school for next year. If a child is in Grade 8 this year and will attend HCHS school next year, the parents of that child would be eligible to be nominated, or vote in the election for next year’s school council. Parents of 12th graders who are exiting school may nominate but cannot vote for candidates.
Parents conduct their own elections. Annual elections shall be conducted each April by the school’s largest parent organization. A representative of the parent organization shall notify the principal in writing of the two parents elected within 24 hours of the final vote, and shall deliver all election materials to the principal the next business day after the election.
Teacher Elections: Teacher council members must possess certification required for their position as basis for employment in Kentucky public schools. Itinerant teachers may nominate, serve, and vote in our school. Counselors may serve as teacher council members. Principals or assistant principals may not serve as teacher council members, no vote in teacher elections.
Teachers conduct their own elections. Annual elections shall be conducted each April for the purpose of electing three teacher council members. Teacher members must be elected by a simple majority of the number of teachers assigned to the school. The process that teachers use to elect their representatives should address the following areas:
Nomination: The secretary will accept nominations by sealed letter during school hours for one week prior to the election date.
Preparation of the ballot: The council secretary will prepare the ballot.
Elections: Elections will be held during a Monday faculty meeting no later than the end of April.
Voting Procedures: Each eligible faculty member will be given a ballot and be allowed to vote for three faculty representatives.
• Candidates receiving a majority will be elected to the council.
• If fewer than three members have been elected, then a new ballot will be created, listing the remaining names.
• If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes will he eliminated from the ballot. This process will continue until the council is seated.
• Following rounds will be taken as needed to seat the council until all three members have received a majority.
Absentee Ballots: Will not be accepted.
Counting of ballots: Ballots will be counted by a math department representative chosen by the council and the council secretary.
The council secretary will report the results of the election to the Principal the next business day after the election.
Term Limits: School council members can serve an unlimited number of terms as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Terms of office: The terms of parent and teacher members shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30. Between the date of the elections and July 1, members-elect are expected to attend all council meetings.