BYLAWS OF BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
(A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation)
ARTICLE 1 NAME
NAME. The name of this corporation is Birmingham Community Charter High School
ARTICLE 11 PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE CORPORATION
Section 1. PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE CORPORATION.
The principal office for the transaction of the activities and affairs of this corporation is, 17000 Haynes Street, Lake Balboa, State of California. The Board of Directors may change the location of the principal office. Any such change of location must be noted by the Secretary on these bylaws opposite this Section; alternatively, this Section may be amended to state the new location.
Section 2. OTHER OFFICES OF THE CORPORATION.
The Board of Directors may at any time establish branch or subordinate offices at any place or places where this corporation is qualified to conduct its activities.
ARTICLE 111 GENERAL AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES; LIMITATIONS
Section 1. GENERAL AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES.
The purpose of this corporation is to manage, operate, guide, direct and promote the Birmingham Community Charter High School ("Charter School"), a California public charter school. Also in the context of these purposes, the Corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any other activities or exercise of power that do not further the purposes of the Corporation.
The Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by: (a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or (b) a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall consist of the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
ARTICLE IV CONSTRUCTION AND DEFINITIONS
Section 1. CONSTRUCTION AND DEFINITIONS.
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the general provisions, rules of construction, and definitions in the California Nonprofit Corporation Law shall govern the construction of these bylaws. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, the masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter, the singular includes he plural, and the plural includes the singular, and the term "person" includes both a legal entity and a natural person.
ARTICLE V DEDICATION OF ASSETS
Section l. DEDICATION OF ASSETS.
This corporation's assets are irrevocably dedicated to public benefit purposes as set forth in the Charter School's Charter. No part of the net earnings, properties, or assets of the corporation, on dissolution or otherwise, shall inure to the benefit of any private person or individual, or to any director or officer of the corporation. On liquidation or dissolution, all properties and assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of the corporation shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and that has established its exempt status under Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3).
ARTICLE VI CORPORATIONS WITHOUT MEMBERS
Section l. CORPORATIONS WITHOUT MEMBERS.
This corporation shall have no voting members within the meaning of the Nonprofit Corporation Law. The corporation's Board of Directors may, in its discretion, admit individuals to one or more classes of nonvoting members; the class or classes shall have such rights and obligations as the Board of Directors finds appropriate.
ARTICLE VII BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section l. GENERAL POWERS.
Subject to the provisions and limitations of the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and any other applicable laws, and subject to any limitations of the articles of incorporation or bylaws, the corporation's activities and affairs shall be managed, and all corporate powers shall be exercised, by or under the direction of the Board of Directors ("Board"). The Board may delegate the management of the corporation's activities to any person(s), management company or committees, however composed, provided that the activities and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised under the ultimate direction of the Board.
Section 2. SPECIFIC POWERS.
Without prejudice to the general powers set forth in Section 1 of these bylaws, but subject to the same limitations, the Board of Directors shall have the power to:
- Appoint and remove, at the pleasure of the Board of Directors, all corporate officers, agents, and employees; prescribe powers and duties for them as are consistent with the law, the articles of incorporation, and these bylaws; fix their compensation; and require from them security for faithful service.
- Change the principal office or the principal business office in California from one location to another; cause the corporation to be qualified to conduct its activities in any other state, territory, dependency, or country; conduct its activities in or outside California; and designate a place in California for holding any meeting of members.
- Borrow money and incur indebtedness on the corporation's behalf and cause to be executed and delivered for the corporation's purposes, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, and other evidences of debt and securities.
- Adopt and use a corporate seal; prescribe the forms of membership certificates; and alter the forms of the seal and certificates.
Section 3. DESIGNATED DIRECTORS AND TERMS.
The number of directors shall be no less than five (5) and no more than fifteen (15), unless changed by amendments to these bylaws and to the Birmingham Community Charter School charter document. The Governing Board shall include four (4) certificated staff members, one (l) non-certificated staff member, one (1) Parent Representative, and at least five (5) At-Large Representatives from the Birmingham Community Charter High School community. In addition, in accordance with Education Code Section 47604(b), the authority that grants the charter to a charter school to be operated by a nonprofit public benefit corporation shall be entitled to a single representative on the Board. If the chartering authority appoints a representative to the Board, the Board may add an additional At-Large Representative so that an odd number of directors is maintained.
In addition. the Board President shall appoint as a non-voting member the Student Body President or his/her designee to represent the student voice on the Board.
Except for the initial Board and for the parent representative, each director shall hold office unless otherwise removed from office in accordance with these bylaws for two (2) years and until a successor director has been designated and qualified. Initial Board of Directors shall serve staggered terms of three (3) and two (2) years, as drawn by lot, with two (2) certificated staff members, one (1) non-certificated staff member and two (2) At-Large Representatives serving a three (3) year term and two (2) certificate staff members and four (4) At-Large Representatives serving a two (2) year term. The term of the Parent Representative shall be for one (l) year.
The certificated staff representatives must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be currently employed members of the teachers' bargaining unit at Birmingham Community Charter High School with permanent status.
- No teacher who currently serves as a department chair or SLC Lead may be elected to a Board of Directors seat.
- No teacher who currently serves as the faculty bargaining unit representative may be elected to a Board of Directors seat.
- No more than one member of each academic department may hold a board seat at the same time. In the event that two or more members of the same department are competing for a seat on the Board of Directors, the individual who receives the most votes will be selected.
- A teacher who teaches in more than one department will be considered to represent the department for which he/she teaches the most hours.
The non-certificated staff representative must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be currently employed at Birmingham Community Charter High School.
The Parent Representative must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be parent of a currently enrolled Birmingham Community Charter High School student.
- Must not be employed by Birmingham Community Charter High School.
The At-Large Representative must meet the following qualifications:
- Must not be an interested person as defined in Article VII, Section 4, and
- Must meet one of the following criteria
- Community member with direct familiarity with Birmingham Community Charter High School, its history and goals. (This may include former parents, students, and employees);
- Former educators with direct familiarity with Birmingham Community Charter High School, its history and goals; or
- Expertise in fields such as law, finance, facilities, fundraising, business, government.
- Persons serving as At- Large members do not necessarily have to reside within the Birmingham Community Charter High School attendance boundaries.
Section 4. RESTRICTION ON INTERESTED PERSONS AS DIRECTORS.
No more than 49 percent of the persons serving on the Board of Directors may be interested persons. An interested person is (a) any person compensated by the corporation for services rendered to it within the previous 12 months, whether as a full-time or part-time employee, independent contractor, or otherwise, excluding any reasonable compensation paid to a director as director; and (b) any brother, sister, ancestor, descendant, spouse, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, or father-in-law of such person. However, any violation of this paragraph shall not affect the validity or enforceability of transactions entered into by the corporation. The Board may adopt other policies circumscribing potential conflicts of interest.
Section 5. DIRECTORS' TERM.
Each director, excluding the parent representative, shall hold office for 2 years and until a successor director has been designated and qualified. The parent representative shall hold office for one (l) year and until a successor director has been designated and qualified. Beginning upon the expiration of the first/founding Board's terms, no Board member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Board terms of service begin on July 1st and end on June 30th.
Section 6. BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS.
Board Elections will be held during the Spring Semester, before the end of the fiscal year, when a Board member's term expires. Special elections may be called whenever necessary to fill a Board vacancy.
a. Certificated Staff Representative:
Certificated staff representatives will be elected by a simple majority vote of all currently employed Birmingham Community Charter High School certificated staff members. In the event that one or more of the representative seats are unfilled by the voting process, the elected Board members shall appoint a person who qualifies as an At-Large Representative to fill the seat until a certificated staff representative can be selected per the process outlined above. In the case of a Board appointment, the appointment must be ratified by a majority vote of the current Birmingham Community Charter High School teachers' bargaining unit.
b. Non-certificated staff representative:
The non-certificated representative will be elected by a simple majority vote of all currently employed Birmingham Community Charter High School non-certificated staff.
c. Parent Representative:
The Board shall appoint an ad hoc committee composed of current Birmingham Community Charter High School employees, including certificated and classified staff, which shall be charged with the following:
- In January, solicit nominations of qualified candidates, instruct interested nominees to submit a statement of candidacy (resume consisting of experience, qualifications, interest, and understanding of Birmingham Community Charter High School, its history, goals, etc.).
- In February and March, post candidates information in the parent center and host two meetings for all parents to hear candidates' statements and answer questions from parents regarding their representation on the board.
- In April, facilitate an election in which parents will participate to select the parent candidate to represent them on the board.
d. At-Large Representatives:
The Board shall appoint an ad hoc committee composed of current Birmingham Community Charter High School stakeholders which shall be charged with the following: a. In January, solicit nominations of qualified candidates, instruct interested nominees to submit a statement of candidacy (resume consisting of experience, qualifications, interest, and understanding of Birmingham Community Charter High School, its history, goals, etc.). b. In February, the committee will meet to review candidate statements, interview candidates and recommend to the Board of Directors the candidate(s) for further consideration. c. In March, recommended candidates will address the Board of Directors and respond to questions from the Board members. This item shall be posted on the Board's agenda so that interested parties can comment to the Board on the proposed nominees. d. In April, the Board of Directors will vote to select qualified candidates to fill the open At-Large Representative seats for a two (2) year term beginning on July ISt of the current year.
Section 7. USE OF CORPORATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT NOMINEE.
If more people have been nominated for director than can be elected, no corporation funds may be expended to support a nominee without the Board's authorization.
Section 8. EVENTS CAUSING VACANCIES ON BOARD. A vacancy or vacancies on the Board of Directors shall occur in the event of (a) the death, resignation, or removal of any director; (b) the declaration by resolution of the Board of Directors of a vacancy in the office of a director who has been convicted ofa felony, declared of unsound mind by a court order, or found by final order or judgment of any court to have breached a duty under California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, Chapter 2, Article 3; (c) the increase of the authorized number of directors; or (d) the failure to elect the number of directors required to be elected; (e) termination of employment with the Charter School; (f) failure of the Parent Representative to have at least one child actively enrolled at Birmingham Community Charter High School.
Section 9. RESIGNATION OF DIRECTORS. Except as provided below, any director may resign by giving written notice to the Chairman of the Board, if any, or to the President, or the Secretary, or to the Board as a whole in accordance with the California Corporations Code. The resignation shall be effective when the notice is given unless the notice specifies a later time for the resignation to become effective. If a director's resignation is effective at a later time, the Board of Directors may elect a successor to take office as of the date when the resignation becomes effective.
Section 10. DIRECTOR MAY NOT RESIGN IF NO DIRECTOR REMAINS.
Except on notice to the California Attorney General, no director may resign if the corporation would be left without a duly elected director or directors.
Section 11. REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS.
a. Certificated Staff Representatives:
Signatures of 40 percent of the certificated staff of Birmingham Community Charter High School are needed in order to initiate recall procedures of certificated staff representatives. Within two weeks of receiving a petition to recall certificated staff representatives, the Chair, if any, or President will oversee a vote of the faculty by secret ballot. A two-thirds vote by the certificated staff of Birmingham Community Charter High School will recall the certificated staff representative in question.
b. Non-Certificate Staff Representatives:
Signatures of 40 percent of the non-certificated staff of Birmingham Community Charter High School are needed in order to initiate recall procedures. Within two weeks of receiving a petition to recall a non-certificated staff Board member, the Chair, if any, or President will oversee a vote of the non-certificated staff by secret ballot. A two-thirds vote by the non-certificated staff of Birmingham Community Charter High School will recall the non-certificated staff representative in question.
c. Parent Representatives/At-Large Representatives:
A two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors is needed to recall Parent Representative and At-Large Representatives in open session at a special meeting called for that purpose, or at a regular meeting, provided that notice of that meeting and of the removal questions are given in compliance with the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act ("Brown Act"). (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code).
Any vacancy caused by the removal ofa director shall be filled as provided in Section 12.
Section 12. VACANCIES FILLED BY BOARD.
Vacancies on the Board ofDirectors, excluding the vacancy of the certificated staff and non-certificated staff representatives, may be filled by approval of the Board of Directors or, if the number of directors then in office is less than a quorum, by (a) the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office at a meeting held according to the Brown Act, or (b) a sole remaining director. Vacancies of the certificated staff and non-certificated staff representatives shall be filled as provided in Article VII, Section 6. Directors elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified. Ifthe remaining term is less than 12 months, the term will not be counted as the Director's first consecutive term for Directors serving a subsequent term.
Section 13. NO VACANCY ON REDUCTION OF NUMBER OF DIRECTORS.
Any reduction of the authorized number of directors shall not result in any directors being removed before his or her term of office expires.
Section 14. PLACE OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS.
Meetings shall be held at the principal office of the Corporation. The Board may designate that a meeting be held at any place within accordance with the Brown Act that has been designated in the notice of the meeting. All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called, held and conducted in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Brown Act, as said chapter may be modified by subsequent legislation.
Section 15. MEETINGS; ANNUAL MEETINGS.
All meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees shall be called, noticed, and held in compliance with the provisions of the Brown Act. The Board of Directors shall meet annually for the purpose of organization, appointment of officers, and the transaction of such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. This meeting shall be held at a time, date, and place as may be specified and noticed by resolution of the Board of Directors.
Section 16. REGULAR MEETINGS.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors, including annual meetings, shall be held at such times and places as may from time to time be fixed by the Board of Directors. At least 72 hours before a regular meeting, the Board of Directors, or its designee shall post an agenda containing a brief general description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting.
Section 17. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Special meetings ofthe Board ofDirectors for any purpose may be called at any time by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, if there is such an officer, or a majority of the Board of Directors. If a Chairman of the Board has not been elected then the President is authorized to call a special meeting in place of the Chairman of the Board. The party calling a special meeting shall determine the place, date, and time thereof.
Section 18. NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGS.
In accordance with the Brown Act, special meetings of the Board of Directors may be held only after twenty-four (24) hours notice is given to each director and to the public through the posting of an agenda. Board members shall also be notified in the following manner for special meetings:
a. Any such notice shall be addressed or delivered to each director at the director's address as it is shown on the records of the Corporation, or as may have been given to the Corporation by the director for purposes of notice, or, if an address is not shown on the Corporation's records or is not readily ascertainable, at the place at which the meetings of the Board of Directors are regularly held.
b. Notice by mail shall be deemed received at the time a properly addressed written notice is deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid. Any other written notice shall be deemed received at the time it is personally delivered to the recipient or is delivered to a common carrier for transmission, or is actually transmitted by the person giving the notice by electronic means to the recipient. Oral notice shall be deemed received at the time it is communicated, in person or by telephone or wireless, to the recipient or to a person at the office of the recipient whom the person giving the notice has reason to believe will promptly communicate it to the receiver.
c. The notice of special meeting shall state the time of the meeting, and the place if the place is other than the principal office of the Corporation, and the general nature of the business proposed to be transacted at the meeting. No business, other than the business the general nature of which was set forth in the notice of the meeting, may be transacted at a special meeting.
Section 19. QUORUM.
A majority of the voting directors then in office shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of the majority of the voting power represented at the meeting, entitled to vote, and voting on any matter shall be a decision of the Board of Directors. Should there be less than a majority of the directors present at any meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned. Voting directors may not vote by proxy.
Section 20. TELECONFERENCE MEETINGS.
Members of the Board of Directors may participate in teleconference meetings so long as all of the following requirements in the Brown Act are complied with:
- At a minimum, a quorum of the members of the Board of Directors shall participate in the teleconference meeting from locations within the boundaries of the school district in which the Charter School operates;
- All votes taken during a teleconference meeting shall be by roll call;
- If the Board of Directors elects to use teleconferencing, it shall post agendas at all teleconference locations with each teleconference location being identified in the notice and agenda of the meeting;
- All locations where a member of the Board of Directors participates in a meeting via teleconference must be fully accessible to members of the public and shall be listed on the agenda1
- Members of the public must be able to hear what is said during the meeting and shall be provided with an opportunity to address the Board of Directors directly at each teleconference location;
- The agenda shall indicate that members of the public attending a meeting conducted via teleconference need not give their name when entering the conference call.2
Section 21. ADJOURNMENT. A majority of the directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any Board of Directors meeting to another time or place. If a meeting is adjourned for more than twenty-four (24) hours, notice of such adjournment to another time or place shall be given, prior to the time schedule for the continuation of the meeting, to the directors who were not present at the time of the adjournment, and to the public in the manner prescribed by any applicable public open meeting law.
Section 22. COMPENSATION AND REIMBURSEMENT.
Directors may not receive compensation for their services as directors or officers, only such reimbursement of expenses as the Board of Directors may establish by resolution to be just and reasonable as to the corporation at the time that the resolution is adopted.
Section 23. CREATION AND POWERS OF COMMITTEES.
The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the directors then in office, may create one or more committees, each consisting of two or more voting directors and no one who is not a director, to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Appointments to committees of the Board of Directors shall be by majority vote of the authorized number of directors. The Board of Directors may appoint one or more directors as alternate members of any such committee, who may replace any absent member at any meeting. Any such committee shall have all the authority of the Board, to the extent provided in the Board of Directors' resolution. The Board of Directors may also designate one or more advisory committees that do not have the authority of the Board. No committee may: a. b. c. d. e. g. h. Take any final action on any matter that, under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, also requires approval of the members or approval of a majority ofall members; Fill vacancies on the Board of Directors or any committee of the Board; Fix compensation of the directors for serving on the Board of Directors or on any committee; Amend or repeal bylaws or adopt new bylaws; Amend or repeal any resolution of the Board of Directors that by its express terms is not so amendable or subject to repeal; Create any other committees of the Board of Directors or appoint the members of committees of the Board; Expend corporate funds to support a nominee for director if more people have been nominated for director than can be elected; or Approve any contract or transaction to which the corporation is a party and in which one or more ofits directors has a material financial interest.
Section 24. MEETINGS AND ACTION OF COMMITTEES.
Meetings and actions of all committees shall be governed by, held, and taken under the provisions of these bylaws concerning meetings, other Board actions, and the Brown Act, if applicable, except that the time for general meetings of such committees and the calling of special meetings of such committees may be set either by Board of Directors' resolution or, if none, by resolution of the committee. Minutes of each meeting shall be kept and shall be filed with the corporate records. The Board of Directors may adopt rules for the governance of any committee as long as the rules are consistent with these bylaws. Ifthe Board of Directors has not adopted rules, the committee may do so.
Section 25. NON-LIABILITY OF DIRECTORS.
No director shall be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of this corporation.
Section 26. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS GOVERNING STUDENT RECORDS.
The Charter School and the Board of Directors shall comply with all applicable provisions of the Family Education Rights Privacy Act ("FERPA") as set forth in Title 20 of the United States Code Section 1232g and attendant regulations as they may be amended from time to time.
ARTICLE VIII OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION
Section l. OFFICES HELD. The officers of this corporation shall be a President, a Secretary, and a Chief Financial Officer (or "Treasurer"). The corporation, at the Board's direction, may also have a Board Chair and a Vice-Chair, and such other officers as may be appointed under Article VIll, Section 4, of these bylaws. The officers in addition to the corporate duties set forth in this Article VIII shall also have administrative duties as set forth in any applicable contract for employment or job specification.
Section 2. DUPLICATION OF OFFICE HOLDERS. Any number of ofTlces may be held by the same person, except that neither the Secretary nor the Chief Financial Officer may serve concurrently as either the Board Chair or the President.
Section 3. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The officers ofthis corporation shall be chosen annually by the Board of Directors and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board, subject to the rights of any officer under any employment contract.
Section 4. APPOINTMENT OF OTHER OFFICERS. The Board may appoint and authorize the President, the Chair, or another officer to appoint any other officers that the corporation may require. Each appointed officer shall have the title and authority, hold office for the period, and perform the duties specified in the bylaws or established by the Board.
Section 5. REMOVAL OF OFFICERS.
Without prejudice to the rights of any officer under an employment contract, the Board of Directors may remove any officer with or without cause. An officer who was not chosen by the Board of Directors may be removed by any other officer on whom the Board confers the power of removal. A 2/3 vote of the Board is required to remove the presiding officer of the Board. All other officers may be removed by the vote of the majority of the members of the Board of Directors
Section 6. RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS.
Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board. The resignation shall take effect on the date the notice is received or at any later time specified in the notice. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation need not be accepted to be effective. Any resignation shall be without prejudice to any rights of the corporation under any contract to which the officer is a party.
Section 7. VACANCIES IN OFFICE.
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled in the manner prescribed in these bylaws for normal appointment to that office, provided, however, that vacancies need not be filled on an annual basis.
Section 8. CHAIR.
If a Board Chair is elected, he or she shall preside at the Board of Directors' meetings and shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as the Board of Directors may assign from time to time. If a Chair is elected, there shall also be a Vice-Chair. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside at Board of Directors meetings and shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as the Board of Directors may assign from time to time.
Section 9. PRESIDENT (CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER).
Subject to such supervisory powers as the Board of Directors may give to the Chair, if any, and subject to the control of the Board, and subject to President's contract of employment, the President (also known as the "Executive Director" or "CEO/Principal") shall be the general manager of the corporation and shall supervise, direct, and control the corporation's activities, affairs, and officers as fully described in any applicable employment contract, agreement, or job specification. The President shall have such other powers and duties as the Board of Directors or the bylaws may require.
Section 10. SECRETARY.
The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the corporation's principal office or such other place as the Board of Directors may direct, a book of minutes ofall meetings, proceedings, and actions of the Board and of committees of the Board. The minutes of meetings shall include the time and place that the meeting was held; whether the meeting was annual, regular, special, or emergency and, if special or emergency, how authorized; the notice given; and the names ofthe directors present at Board and committee meetings. The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the principal California office, a copy of the articles of incorporation and bylaws, as amended to date. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board and of committees of the Board that these bylaws require to be given. The Secretary shall keep the corporate seal, if any, in safe custody and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the Board of Directors or the bylaws may require.
Section 11. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. The ChiefFinancial Officer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct books and accounts of the corporation's properties and transactions. The Chief Financial Officer shall send or cause to be given to directors such financial statements and reports as are required to be given by law, by these bylaws, or by the Board. The books of account shall be open to inspection by any director at all reasonable times.
The Chief Financial Officer shall (a) deposit, or cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositories as the Board of Directors may designate; (b) disburse the corporation's funds as the Board of Directors may order; (c) render to the President, Chairman of the Board, if any, and the Board, when requested, an account ofall transactions as Chief Financial Officer and of the financial condition of the corporation; and (d) have such other powers and perform such other duties as the Board, contract, job specification, or the bylaws may require.
If required by the Board, the Chief Financial Officer shall give the corporation a bond in the amount and with the surety or sureties specified by the Board of Directors for faithful performance of the duties of the office and for restoration to the corporation of all of its books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of every kind in the possession or under the control of the Chief Financial Officer on his or her death, resignation, retirement, or removal from office.
ARTICLE IX CONTRACTS WITH DIRECTORS
Section l. CONTRACTS WITH DIRECTORS. The Corporation shall not enter into a contract or transaction in which a director directly or indirectly has a material financial interest (nor any other corporation, firm, association, or other entity in which one or more of this Corporation's directors are directors have a material financial interest) unless all of the following apply: a. b. c. d. e.
- The director with a material financial interest in the proposed contract or transaction fully discloses his/her financial interest in such contract or transaction in good faith and said disclosure is noted in the Board of Directors meeting minutes.
- The director with a material financial interest in the proposed contract or transaction recuses himself/herself from any participation whatsoever in the proposed contract or transaction (i.e., the interested director who recuses himself/herself shall refrain from voting on the matter and shall leave the room during Board discussion and when the final vote is taken).
- Such contract or transaction is authorized in good faith by a majority of the Board of Directors by a vote sufficient for that purpose.
- Before authorizing or approving the transaction, the Board of Directors considers and in good faith decides after reasonable investigation that the corporation could not obtain a more advantageous arrangement with reasonable effort under the circumstances.
- The corporation for its own benefit enters into the transaction, which is fair and reasonable to the corporation at the time the transaction was entered into.
This Section does not apply to a transaction that is part of an educational or charitable program of this corporation if it (a) is approved or authorized by the corporation in good faith and without unjustified favoritism and (b) results in a benefit to one or more directors or their families because they are in the class of persons intended to be benefited by the educational or charitable program of this corporation.
ARTICLE X CONTRACTS WITH NON-DIRECTOR DESIGNATED EMPLOYEES
Section l. CONTRACTS WITH NON-DIRECTOR DESIGNATED EMPLOYEES. The Corporation shall not enter into a contract or transaction in which a non-director designated employee (e.g., officers and other key decision-making employees) directly or indirectly has a material financial interest unless all of the requirements in the Birmingham Community Charter High School Conflict of Interest Policy have been fulfilled.
ARTICLE Xl LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section l. LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS.
This corporation shall not lend any money or property to or guarantee the obligation of any director or officer without the approval of the California Attorney General; provided, however, that the corporation may advance money to a director or officer of the corporation for expenses reasonably anticipated to be incurred in the performance of his or her duties if that director or officer would be entitled to reimbursement for such expenses of the corporation.
ARTICLE XII INDEMNIFICATION
Section 1. INDEMNIFICATION.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, this corporation shall indemnify its directors, officers, employees, and other persons described in Corporations Code Section 5238(a), including persons formerly occupying any such positions, against all expenses, judgments, fines, settlements, and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred by them in connection with any "proceeding," as that term is used in that section, and including an action by or in the right of the corporation by reason of the fact that the person is or was a person described in that section. "Expenses," as used in this bylaw, shall have the same meaning as in that section of the Corporations Code. On written request to the Board by any person seeking indemnification under Corporations Code Section 5238 (b) or (c) the Board shall promptly decide under Corporations Code Section 5238 (e) whether the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Corporations Code Section 5238 (b) or Section 5238 (c) has been met and, if so, the Board shall authorize indemnification.
ARTICLE XIII INSURANCE
Section 1. INSURANCE.
This corporation shall have the right to purchase and maintain insurance to the full extent permitted by law on behalf ofits directors, officers, employees, and other agents, to cover any liability asserted against or incurred by any director, officer, employee, or agent in such capacity or arising from the director's, officer's, employee's, or agent's status as such.
ARTICLE XIV MAINTENANCE OF CORPORATE RECORDS
Section 1. MAINTENANCE OF CORPORATE RECORDS.
This corporation shall keep:Adequate and correct books and records of account; Written minutes of the proceedings of the Board and committees of the Board; and Such reports and records as required by law.
ARTICLE XV INSPECTION RIGHTS
Section l. DIRECTORS' RIGHT TO INSPECT.
Every director shall have the right at any reasonable time to inspect the corporation's books, records, documents of every kind, physical properties, and the records of each subsidiary as permitted by California and federal law. The inspection may be made in person or by the director's agent or attorney. The right of inspection includes the right to copy and make extracts of documents as permitted by California and federal law. This right to inspect may be circumscribed in instances where the right to inspect conflicts with California or federal law (e.g., restrictions on the release of educational records under FERPA) pertaining to access to books, records, and documents.
Section 2. ACCOUNTING RECORDS AND MINUTES.
On written demand on the corporation, any director may inspect, copy, and make extracts of the accounting books and records and the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors and committees of the Board of Directors at any reasonable time for a purpose reasonably related to the director's interest as a director. Any such inspection and copying may be made in person or by the director's agent or attorney. This right of inspection extends to the records of any subsidiary of the corporation.
Section 3. MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF ARTICLES AND BYLAWS.
This corporation shall keep at its principal California office the original or a copy of the articles of incorporation and bylaws, as amended to the current date, which shall be open to inspection by the directors at all reasonable times during office hours.
ARTICLE XVI REQUIRED REPORTS
Section l. ANNUAL REPORTS.
The Board of Directors shall cause an annual report to be sent to itself (the members of the Board of Directors) within 120 days after the end of the corporation's fiscal year. That report shall contain the following information, in appropriate detail:
- The assets and liabilities, including the trust funds, or the corporation as of the end of the fiscal year;
- The principal changes in assets and liabilities, including trust funds; The corporation's revenue or receipts, both unrestricted and restricted to particular purposes;
- The corporation's expenses or disbursement for both general and restricted purposes;
- Any information required under these bylaws;
- An independent accountant's report or, if none, the certificate of an authorized officer of the corporation that such statements were prepared without audit from the corporation's books and records.
Section 2. ANNUAL STATEMENT OF CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS AND INDEMNIFICATIONS.
As part of the annual report to all directors, or as a separate document if no annual report is issued, the corporation shall, within 120 days after the end of the corporation's fiscal year, annually prepare and mail or deliver to each director and furnish to each director a statement of any transaction or indemnification of the following kind:
a. Any transaction (i) in which the corporation, or its parent or subsidiary, was a party, (ii) in which an "interested person" had a direct or indirect material financial interest, and (iii) which involved more than $50,000 or was one of several transactions with the same interested person involving, in the aggregate, more than $50,000. For this purpose, an "interested person" is either:
- Any director or officer of the corporation, its parent, or subsidiary (but mere common directorship shall not be considered such an interest); or
- Any holder of more than 10 percent of the voting power of the corporation, its parent, or its subsidiary. The statement shall include a brief description of the transaction, the names of interested persons involved, their relationship to the corporation, the nature of their interest, provided that if the transaction was with a partnership in which the interested person is a partner, only the interest of the partnership need be stated.
ARTICLE XVII BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Section 1. BYLAW AMENDMENTS.
The Board of Directors may adopt, amend or repeal any of these Bylaws by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present, except that no amendment shall change any provisions of the Charter that created the Birmingham Community Charter High School or make any provisions of these Bylaws inconsistent with that Charter, the corporation's Articles of Incorporation, or any laws.
ARTICLE XVIII FISCAL YEAR
Section 1. FISCAL YEAR OF THE CORPORATION.
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin on July ISt and end on June 30th of each year.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY
I certify that I am the duly elected and acting Secretary of the Birmingham Community Charter High School, Inc, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation; that these bylaws, consisting of 17 pages, are the bylaws of this corporation as adopted by the Board of Directors on June 25, 2009; and that these bylaws have not been amended or modified since that date.
Executed on June 25, 2009 at Lake Balboa, California.
Amended on August 14, 2009 at Lake Balboa, California. Amended on July 30, 2012 at Lake Balboa, California at a special meeting of the Board of Directors.
Amended on April 28, 2018 at Lake Balboa, California at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors.
The BCCHS Governing Board Meetings alternate between Tuesdays and Saturdays in the MPR. Saturday meetings are held at 9:00 am and Tuesday meetings are at 4:30 pm. Please review the Board Calendar below. The agendas are posted 72 hours in advance at the following locations: BCCHS Website, Main Office, Blue and Gold Center, and Counseling Center/ Grade Level Academy Offices. Approved minutes are available in the Main Office and on this page.
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2023-2024 Board Meeting Calendar
**Board Meetings are subject to change with 24 hours advance notice.
|Saturday, July 22, 2023||9:00 AM|
|Saturday, August 26, 2023||9:00 AM|
|Tuesday, September 26, 2023||4:30 PM|
|Saturday, October 28, 2023||9:00 AM|
|Tuesday, November 14, 2023||4:30 PM|
|Tuesday, December 12, 2023 (*Moved from 12/16)||4:30 PM|
|Tuesday, January 30, 2024||4:30 PM|
|Saturday, February 24, 2024||9:00 AM|
|Tuesday, March 19, 2024||4:30 PM|
|Saturday, April 20, 2024||9:00 AM|
|Tuesday, May 21, 2024||4:30 PM|
|Saturday, June 29, 2024||9:00 AM|