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Article I – Name

Section 1. The name of this Association shall be the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators. Within the body of this Constitution, the Association shall be referred to as the AAEA.

Article II – Duration

Section 1. The period of its duration is perpetual.

Article III – Purposes

Section 1. The purpose of the AAEA shall be:

1.to maintain and elevate the professional and ethical standards of the educational profession in Arkansas;

2.to improve the educational standards in the schools in the State of Arkansas;

3.to promote the welfare and the professional growth of the members of the Association;

4.to establish and maintain a liaison between other professional organizations with like purposes;

5.to develop a favorable relationship with the public and the elected officials of the State of Arkansas;

6.to provide a means for the membership to have a collective influence on the establishment and execution of educational policies within Arkansas, and;

7.to keep the membership informed of state and national events and activities that would promote or adversely affect education in Arkansas.

Article IV – Structure

Section 1. The AAEA shall be a professional organization composed of all members of state educational administrator organizations that are affiliated with the Association, and it shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from the affiliated associations.

Article V - Associational Affiliation

Section 1. Eligible Associations. All duly constituted state educational administrator associations, whose members engage in administration or supervision, are eligible to apply for affiliation with the AAEA. Any affiliated association may, upon a majority vote of its membership and written notification to the AAEA Board of Directors, disaffiliate with the AAEA. The AAEA Board of Directors shall have the sole authority to accept or reject organizations that may apply for affiliation with the AAEA.

Article VI - Dissolution / Disposition of Assets

Section 1. Whenever, for any reason, the AAEA is dissolved or is no longer able to accomplish and carry out the specific purposes for which the AAEA was formed, the Board of Directors shall terminate the affairs of the AAEA, pay its debts, and after this has been done, any and all of the remaining assets shall be assigned and conveyed, without consideration, to the Permanent School Revolving Loan Fund of the State of Arkansas for use and benefit of the children of the state, and as such will be furtherance of the educational purpose to which the AAEA is dedicated.

Article VII – Members

Membership in AAEA shall consist of individual, corporate, honorary, associate, emeritus, and institutional membership.

Section 1. Individual Membership. Individual membership shall be open to persons engaged in any phase of school administration, directly or indirectly, and those persons who serve in both public and/or private educational institutions, persons having instructional responsibilities in the field of educational administration, the State Department of Education, and Department of Higher Education. Individual membership shall be a dual membership providing for membership in both AAEA and the selected affiliated association. Persons holding individual membership in AAEA are eligible to vote, and participate in activities of AAEA.

Section 2. Corporate Membership. Corporate membership shall be open to businesses wishing to reach and influence the educational marketplace in Arkansas and willing to partner with AAEA. Business/persons holding corporate membership will not be eligible to vote, hold office, or receive insurance benefits.

Section 3. Honorary Membership. An honorary membership may be conferred upon an individual by the Association at its annual meetings. Persons holding an honorary membership shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or receive insurance benefits.

Section 4. Associate Membership. Associate membership shall be open to any persons not employed as a school administrator who is actively pursuing, or has already completed, a graduate program in educational administration. Persons holding an associate membership shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or receive insurance benefits.

Section 5. Emeritus Membership. Emeritus membership will be made available to individuals having completed their careers in educational administration or in a related field. Persons holding an emeritus membership shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or receive insurance benefits.

Section 6. Institutional Membership. Institutional membership will be made available to college/university administrators and to administrators of agencies affiliated with education. Persons holding an institutional or agency membership are eligible to vote and participate in activities of AAEA.

Article VIII - Officers of the Association

Section 1. The officers of the AAEA shall consist of the president, vice-president / president- elect, secretary-treasurer and past-president. Officers shall serve from July 1 to June 30, or until a successor is chosen.

Section 2. The officers shall be elected by the membership of the AAEA at large.

Section 3. President. The term of president shall be for one year. The president shall be selected from the representatives of the AAESP, AASSP, AASA and (AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA) each fourth year.

Section 4. Vice-president/President-Elect. The term of the vice-president/president-elect shall be for one year. The vice-president/president-elect shall succeed to the office of president. The vice-president/president-elect shall be selected from the representatives of the AAESP, AASSP, AASA and (AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA) each fourth year.

Section 5. Secretary-Treasurer. The term of secretary-treasurer shall be for one year. The secretary-treasurer shall succeed to the office of vice-president/president-elect. The secretary- treasurer shall be selected on a rotating basis from the representatives of the AAESP, AASSP, AASA, and from (AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA) each fourth year.

Section 6. Past-President. The term of the past-president shall be for one year.

Section 7. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President or Vice-President/President- Elect, the next officer in the line of succession shall move into the vacated position, and a new officer shall be elected for the office of Secretary-Treasurer. If a vacancy occurs in the Secretary-Treasurer’s position, a special election shall be held and a new Secretary-Treasurer elected representing the same affiliate association.

Article IX - Board of Directors

Section 1. Membership. Membership of the Board of Directors of the AAEA shall consist of representatives of the affiliated associations and four officers elected at large.

Section 2. Associational Representation. Each affiliated association shall be entitled to the following representation on the Board of Directors:

AAESP Three (3) Representatives

AASSP Three (3) Representatives

AASA Three (3) Representatives

AASBO One (1) Representative

AASEA One (1) Representative

AAGEA One (1) Representative

AACIA One (1) Representative

ArkASPA One (1) Representative

AAMLA One (1) Representative

AACTEA One (1) Representative

AAFC One (1) Representative

ASPMA One (1) Representative

Section 3. Membership Terms. Representatives from the AAESP, AASSP and AASA shall serve on the AAEA Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years on a staggered year basis. The Board of Directors of each association shall make provisions for staggering the terms of their representatives on the AAEA Board of Directors. The representatives on the Board of Directors from AAGEA, AASEA, AASBO, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA, shall serve one or two-year terms as determined by the Boards of their Associations.

Section 4. The officers of the AAEA shall be selected on a rotating basis at four-year intervals from the AAESP, AASSP, AASA and (AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA).

Section 5. Election of AAEA Officers.

In the years that the officer is elected from the membership of AASA, AAESP, and AASSP, the affiliated association(s) from which an officer is to be elected shall furnish a list of three nominees from its membership by February 1.

In the year that the officer is elected from the membership of AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA, each association shall furnish a list of one nominee from its membership by February 1.

A ballot listing the nominees shall be sent to the membership of the Association by March 1. All ballots must be completed and returned by March 21 to be valid. The results of the election shall be sent to all members by April 1.

The nominee receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected and shall assume office on July 1.

The Board of Directors shall establish and supervise election procedures.

Article X - Rebate of Membership Dues To Affiliates

Section 1. The AAEA shall collect the combined membership dues and shall return to the member's affiliated association that portion which has been determined by the AAEA Board of Directors.

Article XI - Standing Committees

Section 1. There shall be three standing committees whose membership shall consist of at least one representative from each of the affiliated associations. The size of each committee shall be determined annually by the AAEA Board of Directors.

Section 2. The standing committees shall be:

(1) Legislative Committee (State and Federal)

(2) Auditing Committee

(3) Program Committee

Section 3. The duties and responsibilities of each committee shall be listed in the Bylaws.

Section 4. The AAESP, AASSP, and AASA shall be represented equally on all standing committees. The AASBO, AASEA, AAGEA, AACIA, ArkASPA, AAMLA, AACTEA, AAFC, and ASPMA shall be represented equally on all standing committees.

Section 5. All committee members shall be selected by the various affiliated associations.

Section 6. The AAEA Vice-President/President-Elect shall serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees.

Article XII – Funds

Section 1. The Board of Directors of AAEA shall have the authority to adopt and revise an annual operating budget and to expend any or all funds accrued to AAEA.

Article XIII – Staff

Section 1. The Board of Directors of AAEA shall have the authority to employ staff, to set salaries, and to discharge staff.

Article XIV - Authority, Duties, and Responsibilities

Section 1. Except for the authority, duties, and responsibilities listed in this Constitution, all other authority, duties, and responsibilities of the organization and the officers thereof shall be set forth in the Bylaws. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to act on all matters that are not prohibited by the Constitution.

Article XV – Corporation

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to incorporate this Association as a nonprofit organization under the statutes of the state of Arkansas.

Article XVI – Ratification

Section 1. The Constitution shall become effective when it has been ratified by a majority vote of the respective associations.

Article XVII - Rules of Order

Section 1. Roberts' Rules of Order, Revised, shall guide in all business meetings of this Association.

Article XVIII – Amendments

Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors of AAEA at least sixty (60) days prior to the state Association meeting in which the vote is to be taken.

The Board of Directors may submit the proposed amendment to the membership at an associational meeting. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the voting members present at any annual meeting or special meeting of the Association, except that the amendment shall be submitted to the Individual Membership in writing at least thirty (30) days before being presented.

Upon the approval of the Board of Directors, proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws may be submitted to the membership, with the ballot to be returned to the Association within thirty (30) days after it is sent by the Association.