Printed below is the official Student Government Constitution ratified in 2017:
We the students of State College Area High School, to promote a free and equal learning community, solemnly form a government and lay out its constitution below.
The student government’s principal organ will be the leadership council.
Students will submit applications to join the leadership council at the beginning of each school year. The incoming cabinet will establish criteria for accepting students based on these applications.
Any student currently enrolled in at least two credits at State College Area High School may serve in the leadership council.
The council speaker will determine the procedure for debate in the leadership council. The cabinet will provide means for members of leadership council to impact the discussion agenda and to introduce legislation.
A resolve or law will represent the will of the council if it meets one or both of the following conditions:
A majority of council members and three cabinet members have signed it.
A supermajority of council members have signed it.
The leadership council will have the power to pass laws regulating the actions and structure of the student government,
To gauge the student body’s opinions regarding school policies,
To report the student body’s opinions to the school board and the administration,
To inform the student body about new school policies,
To issue resolves to the school board and the administration advocating for or against school policies,
To promote student involvement in local, state and national government,
And to perform any other task allocated to the leadership council by the current principal,
Provided that no action taken by the leadership council will contradict or conflict with any article of this constitution.
The leadership council will elect one member to serve as its speaker. The council speaker will draft student government laws and resolves in conjunction with the president. The council speaker may attend cabinet meetings, although their only vote will be in the leadership council.
The council speaker will serve at the discretion of the leadership council.
The advisor may remove and replace a council member if they repeatedly behave disruptively in leadership council meetings, do not attend three leadership council meetings in a row or commit a level four violation as defined by the student handbook.
The advisor will consult the president before removing members of the council, although the president may not override his decision.
The advisor may not remove and replace a cabinet member.
The leadership council will have the right to meet with no administrators present.
The student body will elect a president to guide the leadership council in the execution of its powers. They will communicate directly with the school board and with the administration, schedule student government meetings, and set broad goals for the student government. The president is encouraged to communicate these goals to leadership council at the beginning of their term.
The student body will elect four other officers to assist the president: the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and the parliamentarian. Together with the president, these officers will form the cabinet.
The vice president will be the president’s closest assistant and will take on the president’s duties if the president is unable to do so. The president may also delegate some of their own responsibilities to the vice president if they wish.
The secretary will organize the logistics and communications of the student government. They will take attendance, record council meeting minutes, send emails and perform any other necessary clerical duties.
The treasurer will advise the president on the student government’s budget. They will approve the student government’s financial transactions.
The parliamentarian will serve as the president’s legal expert. They will be familiar with the student government constitution, student government laws and resolves, parliamentary procedure, relevant school and district policies, and any other necessary laws.
A council member must have served in the student government for two years to serve as president. A council member must have served in the student government for one year to serve in any other cabinet position.
The order of precedence of the officers will be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, from greatest to least.
Although the cabinet may exercise the powers of the leadership council without its specific consent, the cabinet may not defy the council’s laws or resolves.
If a cabinet officer has met the grounds for dismissal specified in Article I, Section 6, the advisor must request a supermajority vote of impeachment from the leadership council. If the council completes a vote of impeachment, it may dismiss and replace the officer.
Officers for the following school year will be elected no later than the end of May.
If no candidates run for a cabinet office, the winner of the second-largest share of the vote for the highest contested position in the order of precedence will win. If no candidates run for multiple offices, the winners of the next greatest shares of the vote for the highest contested position will be elected, then, in the same manner, other losing candidates further down the order of precedence.
If there is an electoral tie, the top two candidates will have a runoff. If there are only two candidates, the non-senior members of leadership will convene to elect a winner.
Rising officers will take office on the day of commencement.
The sitting president may not endorse any candidate for school office.
There will be a debate open to the public before every May election. All candidates seeking contested positions will participate.
A committee of the current officers not running for election and the advisor will plan and execute the debate.
The student government may determine the procedure which, once approved by either the principal or superintendent, will dictate the selection and recommendation of students to serve on the school board.
The administration will appoint a faculty advisor for the student government.
To the best of their ability, the advisor will attend all leadership council and cabinet meetings. The advisor will provide good counsel to the president, cabinet and council.
If the interpretation of the student government constitution or a student government law is questioned, the advisor will seek counsel from the parliamentarian and make a ruling.
The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds supermajority of the leadership council and four cabinet officers, or a simple majority in one chamber, a two-thirds supermajority in the other chamber, and passage as a ballot initiative in the next officer election.
When this constitution is ratified, the current Leadership Council and Officers will serve as the leadership council and cabinet, respectively, until commencement.
Following ratification of this constitution, there will henceforth be a speaker at all times.
When this constitution is ratified, all previous constitutions will be null and void.