By-laws of ETCS
The current by-laws of the ETCS is approved by the parents through a simple majority referendum.
The by-laws shall be amended and revised when appropriate. However, any changes must be first
proposed by the board of directors AND and approved by parents through a simple majority referendum.
The governing body of ETCS is a four-member executive committee consisting of
- Director and principal-elect
- Special Event Coordinator
Although the executive committee works
together as a team, each member of the committee a specific set of
responsibilities and roles.
The principal serves as
point-of-contact for the school. In this capacity, his/her
responsibility includes finding and interacting with teachers, setting
up curriculum, renting classrooms, and interacting with the Chinese
School Association in the United States (CSAUS). He/she is also
responsible for making key decisions after consultation with members of
the executive committee (or board of directors if necessary).
The director is responsible for daily
(weekly) operation of the school. Examples include making announcements
to parents, arranging parents-on-duty, ordering and maintaining
textbooks, maintaining and updating school directory, and assist the
principal in other matters.
The treasurer is responsible for
collecting tuition, dues for books or other activities, making payments
for approved expenses, bookkeeping, and advising the principal on the
financial status of the school.
The primary responsibility of the
special event coordinator is to organize and coordinate social events
for the school, such as art performance at Chinese New Year's Eve
celebration and Mid-fall festival, Easter egg hunt, awards ceremony, and
The term for each committee shall be 1
year. The principal shall step down at the end of the 1-year term, but
may serve in a different role in the next or future executive committee,
upon appointment by the board of directors. The director shall become
the principal for the next term. Other members of the executive
committee may continue to serve in their current role or in a different
role, upon appointment by the board of directors. In exceptional
cases, and upon the request and approval by the board of directors or
all parents, the principal may continue to serve for more than 1 term.
The board of directors for the school is a special body.
It consists of
three permanent members and four members-at-large elected annually by
the parents. Permanent members of the board are the principal of the
school, president of ETCA, and a representative from another supporting
organization. Members of the board of directors may continue to serve in
their capacity as long as they are elected by the parents during annual
The board of directors meets at least
once a semester. At the end of each school year, the board of directors
appoints the executive committee for the next school year. Once this
appointment is made, however, the board of directors shall become an
advising body, whose primary role is to advises the executive committee
on policy matters concerning the long term well being of the school. In
general, the board of directors shall not interfere with the day-to-day
operation of the school. In the extreme case of a popular revolt,
however, the board of directors is authorized (by an overwhelming
majority of at least five votes) to impeach the principal and/or the
executive committee and appoint a new principal and an executive