Constitution

Council of Educational Administrative and
Supervisory Organizations of Maryland

CONSTITUTION

Article I – NAME

The organization shall be called the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland, herein also referred to as “CEASOM” or “The Council”.

Article II - MISSION AND PURPOSES

The Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM) is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).

CEASOM’s mission is to promote continued improvement of public education in Maryland through direct actions of CEASOM and collaborative actions of member organizations.

CEASOM will serve as an advocate for children, youth, and adults of Maryland by providing opportunities for member organizations to exchange ideas about education and coordinate efforts; strengthening and improving the quality of preparation programs and continuing professional development of educational leaders; supporting public education by sponsoring research and development activities, developing position papers, stimulating legislative involvement, promoting promising practices; publicizing the goals and needs of public education, communicating with the community, and developing alliances with groups that share a commitment to improve public education.

Article III – INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE TAX EXEMPT STATUS

No part of the net earnings of CEASOM shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that CEASOM shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) purposes. No substantial part of the activities of CEASOM shall be used for the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and CEASOM shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, CEASOM shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation/organization exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRC (or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code) or (b) by a corporation/organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the IRC (or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).

Article IV – MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Council shall consist of statewide educational organizations whose purposes are compatible with those of the Council. Member organizations include institutions without a membership base.

Organizations eligible to be charter members were:
Maryland Association of Elementary School Administrators
Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals
Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia
Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland
University of Maryland - Department of Education Policy, Planning and Administration
Maryland Department of Pupil Personnel

Other organizations may be admitted to membership in the Council as provided in the Bylaws.

Membership of affiliated organizations in the Council shall be continuous.

Annual dues, as provided in the Bylaws, shall be paid by member organizations.

Article V - Organizational Structure and Officers

1. The Executive Board of the Council shall be composed of a maximum of four (4) representatives from each member organization.  If a governing board exists at least one representative shall be a member of that organization's board.

2. Ex-officio members of the Executive Board of the Council shall be the immediate Past President of the Council and the Executive Director. Ex officio members shall not have a vote and are not counted as representatives of member organizations.

3. The President shall vote only in the case of a tie and shall not be counted as a representative of his/her organization.

4. The fiscal year of the Council shall be July 1 to June 30.

5. Representatives to the Executive Board shall be designated by June 1 by the member organizations and shall serve until their successors are named.

6. Terms of representatives of each member organization shall be staggered to provide continuity on the Executive Board.

7. Each representative shall have one (1) vote. Unless otherwise stated in the Bylaws, Council decisions shall be by a majority of those present and voting.

8. The President Elect shall be elected annually by the voting members of the Executive Board of the Council for a one year term. The President Elect shall succeed to the offices of President and Past President. The office of President shall not be filled by a representative of the same organization more than once in a three (3) year period. The election of officers shall take place at the annual organizational meeting. The term of office shall coincide with the fiscal year.

9. The Executive Director shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Board for a two (2) year term renewable bi-annually.

Article VI – MEETINGS

At least four regular meetings of the Executive Board of the Council shall be held each fiscal year at a time and place to be determined by the Executive Board. One of the four regular meetings shall be an annual organizational meeting held in June for the election of officers for the coming year. The President may call special meetings of the Executive Board and shall call special meetings of the Executive Board upon the request of four voting members of the Board.

Article VII – COMMITTEES

Standing committees shall be established for legislation and nominations.

Membership shall be for one year commencing July 1. The President shall appoint the chairperson of each standing committee. The Executive Director shall serve as coordinator of each standing committee.

The Executive Board may establish ad hoc committees as needed to carry out the functions of the Council.

Article VIII – AMENDMENTS

Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed in writing by any member organization of the Council at a regular meeting of the Executive Board. Approval for action on the amendment shall be by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board present at a subsequent meeting.

Amendments to the Constitution shall become effective upon ratification of three-fourths (3/4) of the member organizations.


Article IX – DISSOLUTION

Dissolution shall become effective upon ratification of three-fourths (3/4) of the member organizations.

Upon the dissolution of the CEASOM, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the State for a public purpose.


Review and Revision December 9, 2013