ARTICLE I - NAME
Section 1.01 Name
The name of this Corporation shall be Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation, Inc. (sometimes referred to as FCCPSA or the Corporation in these Bylaws).
ARTICLE II - OFFICES
Section 2.01 Offices
The registered office of the Corporation shall be located at the address set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.
ARTICLE III - VISION, MISSION, PHILOSOPHY
The Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes within the scope of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended, and Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes.
Section 3.01 Vision
The FCCPSA supports the creation, growth, and diversity of high quality Christian educational K-12 institutions, specifically in the areas of Christian Commitment, Family Community, and Quality Education and Child Care Facilities with a Religious component.
Section 3.02 Mission
The FCCPSA’s mission is to support administrators, schools and child care facilities by:
Section 3.03 Philosophy
The FCCPSA was founded and continues to be led by men and women who are devoted to Biblical truth and committed to the propagation of Christian values. All people have been created in God’s image, and, therefore, the FCCPSA actively supports organizations that seek to cultivate this understanding and to assist them in fulfilling their purpose in the context of the varied methodologies incorporated by the individual school.
The FCCPSA recognizes that parents/guardians are responsible for the training of their children in all areas, including academics. The FCCPSA assists and holds accountable member institutions throughout the state of Florida who have chosen to partner with families in this high calling. The FCCPSA provides direction to K-12 Christian educational institutions on matters of academic and spiritual education, thereby developing a community that values truth, honor, and excellence.
The FCCPSA prepares member schools, child care facilities, administrators, and staff for excellence, and believes well-informed administrators will lead the way. When educational institutions apply the standards of excellence through the process of certification, accreditation, and professional development, communities enjoy the benefits of a safe and high-quality education.
ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 4.01 Identity
The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors (sometimes referred to as "Board" or "Directors" in these bylaws).
Section 4.02 Powers and Duties
The Directors, acting in their capacities as Directors, may exercise all such powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts as are permitted by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended, and Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes. Without limiting the foregoing or the rights, responsibilities, or powers set forth elsewhere in these bylaws, the Board shall:
Section 4.03 Composition
The Board shall consist of Directors representing the scope and mission of the Corporation and numbering not less than seven (7) and no more than eleven (11).
Section 4.04 Election.
Section 4.05 Removal
A Director may be removed by a majority vote of the Board for failure to fulfill the duties of the Board as outlined in the Bylaws and policies of the Board or for no longer meeting the qualifications required to hold the Director position.
Section 4.06 Resignation
A Director may resign at any time upon written notification to the President. Such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of the notice or at any later time specified in the notification or immediately upon a vote by a majority of the remaining Board.
Section 4.07 Vacancies
In the event of a vacancy on the Board, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee to prepare a slate of nominees to fill the vacant seat. If the vacancy causes the board to have less than seven (7) active members, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor to fill the remaining term of the position.
Section 4.08 Compensation
No Director of the Corporation shall receive compensation for acting as a Director.
Directors may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred for travel to and attendance at Board Meetings and for other expenses incurred in connection with the Directors conduct of the affairs of the Board.
Any Director of the Corporation is authorized to receive reasonable compensation from the Corporation for temporary non-recurring services rendered and for actual expenses incurred when authorized by the Board or its designee. No Director of the Corporation shall receive compensation merely for acting as a Director.
ARTICLE V- OFFICERS
Section 5.01 Structure and Authority
The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers shall have such authority and perform such duties as are provided by the Bylaws or as shall from time to time be prescribed by the Board.
Section 5.02 Election
The Board of Directors shall elect the officers at the annual meeting. The elections shall follow policies established by the Board, including acceptance of and adherence to the published non-conflict policies.
Section 5.03 Term
The officers serve for a term of three (3) years. Officers are eligible to be re-elected for a further term or terms, subject to limits as established in Board policy.
Section 5.04 President
The President shall act as presiding officer at all meetings, and coordinate the activities of the Board. The President also has the authority to appoint a Nominating Committee of any size.
Section 5.05 Vice-President
The Vice President shall act in the absence of or at the request of the President, at which time she/he shall have all powers and functions applicable to the President. In addition, the Vice President shall perform such functions and duties as may be specified by the Board.
Section 5.06 Secretary:
The Secretary shall:
Section 5.07 Treasurer:
The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds, and shall work closely with the President and or Chief Executive Officer to:
Section 5.08 Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer shall have general supervision and direction of the business and affairs of the Corporation, subject to the control of the Board, and shall report directly to the Board.
Section 5.09 Further Duties
All officers shall also be responsible for any actions specifically designated by any provision of these Bylaws.
Section 5.10 Removal
Any Officer may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 5.11 Resignation
An Officer may resign at any time upon written notification to the Board of Directors. Such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of the notice or at any later time specified in the notification, or immediately upon a vote by a majority of the remaining Board.
Section 5.12 Vacancy
In the event of a vacancy of any Officer, the Board of Directors shall at the next scheduled or special meeting of the Board elect by 2/3 vote, an officer to fill the remaining term of the vacant seat.
Section 5.13 Authority
No officer of the Corporation shall have any power or authority to borrow money on its behalf, to pledge its credit, or to mortgage its real or personal property, except within the scope and to the extent of the authority delegated by policy of the Board. Authority may be given by the Board for any of the above purposes and may be general or limited to specific instances.
ARTICLE VI - BOARD MEETINGS
Section 6.01 Regular Board Meetings
There will be at least four scheduled Board Meetings throughout the year. Attendance to the meetings is defined as being physically present at the meeting, by video, or teleconferencing.
Section 6.02 Special Meetings
Special Meetings of the Board may be called by the President or Vice President, or by a majority of the board. All Board members shall have at least two days advance written notice of any meeting. Such notice shall be provided in writing and may be delivered by United States Postal Service mailing or by means of electronic communication in the form of email or text messaging. The purpose of the special meetings will be to carry out any lawful business of the Corporation deemed necessary or urgent by the Board.
Section 6.03 Quorum and Actions
A Quorum for the purpose of holding any official meeting of the Board shall be that 2/3 of the Directors are in attendance.
Section 6.04 Advisors to the Board
At the discretion of the Board of Directors, special advisors may be appointed, for the purpose of providing counsel in all matters pertaining to the FCCPSA. Advisors to the Board may attend Board meetings, but are non-voting.
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
Section 7.01 Committees
Committees may be formed by the Board of Directors as needed.
ARTICLE VIII - TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS
Section 8.01 Contracts
The Board of Directors may authorize any office or officers, as agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these by-laws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 8.02 Checks
All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.
Section 8.03 Deposits
All funds of the corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.
Section 8.04 Gifts
The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or device for general purposes or for any special purpose of the corporation.
Section 8.05 Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December.
Section 8.06 Appointment of Agents
The Board of Directors may select such executive agents, as it deems necessary to conduct the affairs of the Corporation. Such agents shall serve for designated terms or at will, as is deemed necessary in relation to their duties.
Section 8.07 Employment
To protect the corporation and Board members from the appearance of nepotism, immediate family members may be subcontracted annually to the maximum dollar amount consistent with the tax code regarding the issuing of the tax form 1099, unless the Board approves additional compensation. In all cases, compensation shall be reasonable as shown by comparison to compensation paid by other organizations in the same or similar circumstances.
ARTICLE IX – MEMBERS
Section 9.01 Types
Members may be recognized as Member Private Schools, Candidate for Accreditation, Accredited Member Private Schools, Religious Exempt Child Care Facilities, Candidate for Gold Seal Accreditation, and Gold Seal Accredited Child Care Facilities
Section 9.02 Member K-12 Private Schools
Eligibility for Membership requires the educational institution to:
Section 9.03 Candidate for Accreditation K-12 School
b)the Candidate for Accreditation requirements of 9.03 and
c)the K-12 School Accreditation requirements and process as detailed in the K-12 Accreditation Manual
b)election of Board of Director members
Note: K-12 Schools and Gold Seal Child Care Centers that are under the same incorporation shall have one combined vote.
Section 9.04 K-12 Accredited School
b) the Candidate for Accreditation requirements of 9.03 and
c) the K-12 School Accreditation requirements and process as detailed in the K-12 School Accreditation Manual
b) election of Board of Director members Note: Gold Seal Care Centers that are under the same incorporation as the Accredited K-12 School shall have one combined vote.
Section 9.05 Five Year Self-Study and Site Visit Requirement for Accredited K-12 Private Schools:
Eligibility for Continued Accreditation requires the educational institution to:
Section 9.06 Religious Exempt from Licensure Child Care Facilities and After School Care Programs:
Eligibility The child care facility or after school care program must be:
Section 9.07 Gold Seal Quality Care Accreditation:
Child Care Facilities seeking Florida’s Gold Seal Quality Care Provider status in order to participate in the VPK Program are required to complete the rigorous Gold Seal Self Study Manual, which includes higher staff and academic requirements, in addition to the FCCPSA’s Religious Exemption standards and DCF’s non-violation policy standards. The process includes, but is not limited to:
b)the Eligibility and Accreditation Approval Process as detailed in the Gold Seal Accreditation Manual
Section 9.08 Probation
A Member, Candidate for Accreditation, Accredited K-12 School, Religious Exempt Child Care Center or Gold Seal Accredited Center could have their status put on Probation by the Accreditation Committee or Board of Directors. A program may be placed on Probation if FCCPSA’s Accreditation Committee has determined that the program is out of compliance such that the quality of the program is at risk, including but not limited to:
ARTICLE X - LOSS OF STATUS AND APPEALS
Section 10.01 Reason for Loss of Status
Loss of membership, accreditation or partnership status by a K-12 school or Child Care Facility or a change in membership may be imposed for failure to fulfill policies, procedures, criteria, standards, as specified and required by the FCCPSA in its official publications, announcements, and any other actions that the board deems in conflict with its vision, mission, and philosophy.
Section 10.02 Standard Procedure
This loss of status, change or probation shall become effective immediately or on the date specified on the notification. Notification will be sent by registered mail by the President upon authorization of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting or a special meeting shall give such authorization only after a majority vote of approval, with a quorum present.
Section 10.03 Appeals
Any school/program/center or person directly affected by actions taken in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws may submit an appeal in writing to the President of the Association requesting a reversal or modification of the action taken.
ARTICLE XI - EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS
Section 11.01 Educational Partner
Educational Partners are those individuals or organizations that are approved by FCCPSA to provide educational services or products to all FCCPSA K-12 member schools and child care facilities.
Section 11.02 Types
b) The Board will set by policy the eligibility, approval, and maintenance of partnership status.
ARTICLE XII - CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Section 12.01 Filing a Grievance
Before a parent or employee can file a grievance with FCCPSA against a member school, every effort to find resolution must have been made first with the administration, and then with the governing board(s) of the school.
ARTICLE XIII – AMENDMENTS
Section 13.01 Amendments
These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted under the following guidelines and/or procedures.
Consideration of any amendment(s) to these Bylaws must be submitted to the Board of Directors for review.
ARTICLE XIV - NON-DISCRIMINATION
Section 14.01 Non Discrimination
The FCCPSA and those persons acting in official capacities on behalf of FCCPSA will not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of age, gender, race, color, ethnic origin, or physical disability. FCCPSA reserves the right to establish such conditions of membership and standards as consistent with its purposes as stated in the Vision, Mission, and Philosophy statements to insure the academic and professional quality of its membership in accordance with sound and established educational practices.
ARTICLE XV – MISCELLANEOUS
Section 15.01 Affiliations and Endorsements
The FCCPSA does not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.
Section 15.02 Limited Liability
A Director shall not be personally liable for monetary damages for actions taken, or failure to take any action, unless the Director has breached or failed to perform the duties of his/her office.
Section 15.03 Dissolution
The Corporation may be dissolved only upon the adoption of a resolution by the Board of Directors proposing that the Corporation be dissolved and a unanimous vote of the Board members. Any such dissolution shall be conducted in accordance with the laws of Florida, provided that, after all liabilities and obligations of the Corporation have been satisfied, all assets shall be distributed according to state laws.