DPAC Executive (SD20DPAC@gmail.com)
The name of the Association shall be the KOOTENAY-COLUMBIA DISTRICT PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (School District No. 20), known within the School District No. 20 as the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC).
The council will operate as a non-profit organization with no personal gain for any of its members.
The business of the Council shall be unbiased towards race, religion, gender, politics, sexual orientation and physical or mental abilities.
The purpose of the Council is to support, encourage and improve the quality of education and the well-being of the students in School District No. 20.
The aim and objectives of the Kootenay-Columbia District Parent Advisory Council shall be:
SECTION 1: INTERPRETATION OF TERMS
The Council refers to the Kootenay-Columbia District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), which is recognized to be the official voice of Parent Advisory Councils formed or to be formed in each public school within School District No. 20.
Parent(s) refers to the parent/parents or legal guardian/legal guardians of a child or children in School District No. 20, as defined in the BC School Act.
District refers to School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia).
School(s) refers to any public educational institution, as defined in the BC School Act, within the jurisdiction of School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia).
SD No. 20 refers to School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia).
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) refers to any organized group of parents with a constitution as defined by the BC School Act.
BCCPAC refers to the British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils recognized to be the official voice of Parent Advisory Councils in the province of BC.
Community Organizations refers to groups which demonstrate an interest in education and are not already included in the scope of this constitution.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) refers to the meeting at which:
SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP
All Parent Advisory Councils in SD No. 20 are members of The Council.
SECTION 3: MEETINGS
SECTION 4: VOTING
SECTION 5: ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
SECTION 6: LENGTH OF TERM OF OFFICE
SECTION 7: EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
SECTION 8: DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
E. District Associate to the BCCPAC
F. Past Chairperson
SECTION 9: COMMITTEES
CODE OF ETHICS
A parent who accepts a position as a DPAC Executive Member:
Statement of Understanding
I, the undersigned, in accepting the position of _______________ on the Executive, have read, understood and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics set out in this document. I also agree to participate in the dispute resolution process that has been agreed to by the electing body, should there be any concerns about my work.
Name of Executive Member: ________________________________________________________________
Date: __________________________ Phone Number: ______________________________________
CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND PERCEIVED BIAS
Conflict of Interest refers to a situation in which an individual or his/her immediate family could benefit monetarily from a decision of the DPAC which that individual can influence or vote upon.
Perception of Bias refers to a situation which may exist if an individual who represents the DPAC to an external organization or to the general public is also an employee or elected official of School District No. 20. There may be a perception that he or she is not speaking solely in the interest of parents and this may diminish the power of what is said.
A. Conflict of Interest
That individuals refrain from discussing, influencing and voting upon any matter before the DPAC in which they or their families have a pecuniary interest.
B. Perceived Bias
That the voice of the DPAC must clearly be, and must be perceived to be, that of the parents of School District No. 20.
That individuals who may be in a situation of “perceived bias” by virtue of another role they hold in the educational system avoid functions within DPAC which involve representation to external organizations and to the general public.
That members who have concerns regarding conflict of interest and perceived bias refer those to the Executive.
D. Dispute Resolution Process
In the event of a dispute the parties will agree to meet with three individuals who are not involved or biased, as appointed by the executive, to resolve the issue.