Sample Outline for Policy Council Bylaws

Opportunities for parents to be involved in shared decision-making activities with the governing body and staff include elected participation on the Policy Council or Policy Committee. This resource can be used by program directors and policy groups for developing bylaws. This resource offers an outline that can be used for preparing bylaws.

ARTICLE I: NAME OF POLICY COUNCIL

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section I - Definition of Members

Section II - Selection of Members

Section III - Terms of Office

Section IV - Voting Rights

  1. Members
  2. Alternates
  3. Proxy voting

Section V - Termination of Membership

Section VI - Transfer of Membership

Section VII - Alternates

Section VIII - Resignation of Members

Section IX - Vacancy

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

Section I - Officers - Definition

Section II - Election and Term of Office

Section III - Removal from Office

Section IV - Officer Vacancy

Section V - Duties of the Chairperson

Section VI - Duties of the Vice Chairperson

Section VII - Duties of the Treasurer

Section VIII - Duties of the Secretary

ARTICLE V - COMMITTEES

Section I - Special Committees

Section II - Term of Office on Committee

Section III - Quorum/Special Committees

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

Section I - Regular Meetings

Section II - Special Meetings

Section III - Location and Scheduling of Meetings

Section IV - Notice of Meeting

Section V - Decisions of the Policy Council

Section VI - Quorum

Section VII - Conduct of the Meeting

ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS

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Topic:Organizational Leadership

Keywords:Policy councilHead Start DirectorsOrganizational LeadershipDecision making

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