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          ARTICLE I
         NAME

  1. NAME

The name of this non-profit organization shall be the Texas Rural Education Association (TREA).  Affiliate organization is the National Rural Education Association (NREA).

ARTICLE
MISSION and GOALS

 

2.1          MISSION

                TREA is a statewide organization with a formal affiliation with the National Education Association.  TREA

                promotes quality educational opportunities and experiences for all children from rural public schools

                which will enable them to live and compete in a global society.

 

2.2          GOALS

                2.2.1      To pursue the quality of excellence in education; to give identity, voice and exposure to the

                                particular quality of rural schools; to enhance the quality of life unique in the rural community.

 

                2.2.2      To inform the legislature, state board of education, other such groups or agencies of the

                                concerns, needs, and research of the association so as to effectively influence legislation, rules,

                                regulations, and policy makers at the state and national levels.

 

                2.2.3      To formulate and promote plans, proposals, subsidies, in service, and curricula which will be in

                                best interests of the membership.

 

                2.2.5      To inform and solicit the support of the membership in promoting the goals of the organization.

 

                2.2.6      To develop partnerships with other professional organizations, state leaders, community leaders,

                                business, school administrators and board members.

 

                2.2.7      To support the quality of education in rural school districts.

 

                2.2.8      To support provide scholarships and other benefits to students of Texas public schools which

                                have a current District Membership.

 

2.3.0      To acknowledge outstanding rural school teachers through the Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) Teacher of the Year Program.

 

 

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

 

3.1          CATEGORIES AND MEMBERSHIP

                3.1.1      VOTING MEMBERSHIPS

                                3.1.1.1   District Membership

                                                Texas public school districts who consider themselves to be rural, institutions of higher

                                                education, and Regional Education Service Centers shall be eligible for a district

                                                membership.  Each member [which includes all employees of a district and board

                                                members] of a District Membership shall have one vote for TREA purposes.  Each

                                                District Membership will receive One (1) National Rural Education Association (NREA)

                                                Membership for the District Superintendent or his/her designee.  [Additional NREA

                                                Memberships may be purchased by choice.]

 

                3.1.1.2                   Individual Membership

                                                Individuals employed by an organization eligible for district membership shall be eligible

                                                for an individual membership.  All individual members shall have one vote for TREA

                                                purposes.  [NREA Memberships may be purchased by choice.]

 

                3.1.1.3                   Teacher Membership

                                                Teachers at institutions with a paid TREA District Membership will be eligible for

                                                membership at the Teacher Membership Level.  Teacher membership shall have

                                                one vote for TREA purposes.  [NREA Memberships may be purchased by choice.]

 

                3.1.1.4                   Retired Membership

                                                Educators retired from institutions eligible for district membership or from institutions

                                                of higher education or education service centers shall be eligible for TREA retired

                                                membership.  [NREA Memberships may be purchased by choice.]

 

3.1.2      NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIPS

                3.1.2.1                   Studentship

Students enrolled in education or related fields at institutions of higher learning shall be eligible for student membership.

 

                3.1.2.2                   Associate Membership and Business Associate Membership

                                                Any individual or business interested in the betterment of rural education and who is

                                                not eligible for any other TREA Membership. [i.e. legislator, state representative,

                                                vendor, sponsor, etc.]

 

                3.1.2.3                   Honorary Membership

                                                TREA may from time to time award honorary membership without payment of dues

                                                to individuals or entities who have performed outstanding services to the cause of rural

                                                education or TREA.

 

                3.1.2.4                   Life Membership

                                                TREA may from time to time award life time membership for performing outstanding

                                                service to rural education or the TREA or may establish a one-time fee for such life time

                                                membership.

 

               

 

 

3.1.2.6                   Library Membership

                                                Institutions of higher education and research libraries are eligible for a TREA Library

                                                Membership.

 

3.2          MEMBERSHIP DUES

                Membership dues shall be a condition for acceptance into the organization and officer or director position

                nomination.  The membership dues will be recommended annually by the Board of Directors and

                approved by the general membership.  [See TREA Membership Dues attached].

 

TREA will purchase annually NREA Memberships for individuals serving as Executive Committee Members, Board of Directors and Regional Liaisons.  These memberships will be purchased in a timely fashion to insure TREA representation in the National (NREA) Organization.

 

3.3          MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

                The organization shall keep a current roster of the names, telephones numbers, fax numbers, email

                addresses and postal addresses of members of the organization.  Membership information and

                members will be posted on the TREA website.

 

3.4          VOTING

                Each TREA member with voting privileges shall have the right to one TREA vote on any matter which

                requires a vote of the general membership.  No proxy voting or representation is allowed.

 

3.5          REPRESENTATIVE

                The representative of the member district will be the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

 

3.6          MEMBERSHIP YEAR

                For organizational purposes, the membership and fiscal year shall extend from August 1 through

                July 31 of the following year.

 

ARTICLE IV

MEETINGS

 

4.1          GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

                4.1.1      The Annual General Membership Meeting will be held each-year during the Summer

                                Conference.

 

                4.1.2      Other General Membership Meetings shall be determined by a two-thirds vote of a quorum

                                of the Executive Committee.  Meeting site for a such a called meeting will be determined

                                by the Executive Committee upon consult with CEO and Advisors.          

 

ARTICLE 5

GOVERNANCE

 

5.1          EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

                The Executive Committee will be the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

                (appointed), and Immediate Past President in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and

                advisors.  Advisors will be the Executive Director (or designee) from the Regional Education Service

                Center of the President and President-Elect.

 

5.2          GENERAL POWERS

                Affairs of the organization will be managed by the Executive Committee in consultation with the

                Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and advisors.  In addition to the powers and authority expressly conferred

                by these by laws, the Executive Committee will perform the requests of the total membership.  The

                Executive Committee will have the power to employ and set compensation for the Chief Executive

                Officer (CEO).

 

5.3          OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

                Officers of the organization shall be members of the Executive Committee and will serve one (1) year

                terms in each position beginning with Treasurer.  These Officers shall be President, President-Elect, Vice

                President, Treasurer, Secretary (appointed).

 

                Directors of the organization shall be elected to (2) year terms as outlined in 5.4.2.

 

                5.3.1      President

                                The President, in consultation with CEO, has the responsibility to see that all orders and

                                Resolutions of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors are placed into effect.

 

                5.3.2      Chief Executive Officer

                                The CEO will be selected and employed by the Executive Committee to conduct TREA

                                matters as directed.  [Refer to CEO Job Description].

 

5.4          ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

5.4.1      Directors of the organization shall be elected for staggered two-year terms.  Directors must attend at least 2 Board Meetings to continue as director the second year of the two-year

                term, unless extenuating circumstances are justified to the President.

 

5.4.2      Vacancies of a Director of Officer may be appointed by the Executive Committee for the

                unexpired portion of the term.

 

5.4.3      Nominations may be accepted from the floor during the annual membership meeting if

                written notification was received by TREA President at least 10 working days prior to the

                membership meeting.  Floor nominees must be present at the membership meeting.  To be

                nominated for an officer position, the candidate must be currently a member in good

                standing; be a current director or member of the Executive Committee and be willing to

                accept the position.

 

5.5          MEETINGS

                5.5.1      Board of Directors’ Meetings

                                The Executive Committee and Board of Directors shall meet a minimum of three (3) times

                                per year.  Other meetings may be called at the President’s discretion.

 

                5.5.2      Annual Meeting

                                Elections of officers and directors shall occur at the annual membership meeting.  Any other

                                necessary business as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee will be brought before

                                the general membership during the annual meeting.

 

                5.5.3      Meeting Quorums

                                A quorum for the general membership meeting(s) shall consist of those members present

                                including at least a majority of the Board of Directors.

 

                                A quorum of the Board of Directors present shall consist of a majority of the Board.

 

                5.5.4      Nominating Committee

                                The President in consultation with CEO shall appoint a nominating committee.  No member

                                of the nominating shall be eligible for nomination to any office.

5.5.5      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

                                Executive Committee Meetings will be called at the discretion of the President in consultation

                                with CEO and Advisors.

 

ARTICLE VI

COMMITTEES

 

6.1          COMMITTEES

                Committees shall be established as needed by the President and Executive Committee.

 

 

ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENTS

 

7.1          AMENDMENTS

                These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the general membership present and voting

                at a general membership meeting.  Each member must be provided with a written (email is acceptable)

                copy of the proposed amendments at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

 

ARTICLE VIII

AUDIT

 

8.1          AUDIT REQUIREMENTS

                The Board of Directors shall make provision for the auditing of the accounts, reports and records of

                the association annually.