CORPORATE BYLAWS as on Approved January 20, 2014
Being mindful of God’s will that children be taught the content and practical applications of His Word in every aspect of learning and every activity of life (Deuteronomy 6:4‑9) and firmly believing that Christ‑centered education is a necessary part of the fulfillment of His will, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Faith Christian High School, Inc. (the “Corporation” or “FCS”) establishes these Bylaws for its organization and operation.
NAME, OFFICE, REGISTERED AGENT AND CORPORATE RECORDS
I.01 Name. The name of the Corporation is Faith Christian High School, Inc. (the “Corporation” or “FCS”). The Corporation shall do business as “Faith Christian School,” but shall at all times provide notice of its corporate existence.
I.01 Principal Business Offices and Registered Agent. The address of the principal place of business and registered office of the Corporation is P.O. Box 1230, W5525 Highway 67, Williams Bay, WI 53191. The registered agent of the Corporation shall be the president of the Board of Directors or such other person as the Board may determine.
I.01 Books and Records. The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its Board of Directors and committees having any authority of the Board of Directors. All books and records of the Corporation may be inspected by a Director or his agent or attorney for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES
I.01 Statement Of Faith.
01. We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God in the original text and the only rule of faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16‑17.
02. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14.
03. We believe that the universe originated by the creative act of God as revealed in Holy Scripture, and that the form of every kind of life was fixed at the time of its creation. Genesis 1:1; John 1:1‑3.
04. We believe in the deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His visible return in power and glory. Colossians 1:13‑20.
05. We believe that all men are lost and sinful, and that salvation is received by the grace of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the act of regeneration of life by the Holy Spirit. Romans 3:23‑26; Titus 3:5.
06. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and Man. I Timothy 2:5.
07. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. Romans 8:9.
08. We believe in the bodily resurrections of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation. John 5:24‑25, 28‑29.
09. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit as established in the Bible. John 17:20‑23; I Corinthians 12:12‑13.
10. We believe that support and participation in the task of fulfilling the great commission is the responsibility of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19‑20.
I.02 Mission. The mission of FCS is to provide a comprehensive education that equips students to discover truth through the lens of Scripture, develop their potential for further educational pursuits, and conform to the image of Christ.
01. FCS is religious in its nature and is established for the purpose of operating, without profit, one or more private schools that will provide students with instruction in the usual academic disciplines. Such instruction will be given in complete accordance with the school’s Philosophy of Education thereby grounding it in the tenets of biblical Christian faith in order that the students may grow in the grace and knowledge of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and thus become worthy citizens of our great nation.
02. Consistent with the truth that God’s grace and His love through Jesus Christ extend without partiality to all mankind, FCS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school‑administered programs.
I.04 Philosophy of Education. The Philosophy of Education at FCS originates in a deeply held belief in the Divine inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture and the superiority of its teachings to the wisdom of men. We stand without reservation on the absolutes of the Holy Bible and seek to interpret all of life and learning from the basis of the principles set forth in God’s Word. Our faith, therefore, is in God; our hope, in his Son Jesus Christ; and our trust, in His Word as the Holy Spirit guides us to the knowledge and understanding of truth.
These convictions provide the framework for our entire educational program. Everything we do as an institution, no matter how great or small must be consistent with these foundational beliefs.
As we undertake the task of educating young persons at FCS, we fundamentally believe that man has been uniquely created by God in His image, and that all meaning and purpose in our lives, therefore, is derived from Him. Yet, because of our sinfulness, we are unable to please God apart from our salvation through personal belief in His Son, Jesus Christ, and the regeneration of our lives by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, we believe that God created all things and that all truth is ultimately God’s truth. Thus, the pathway to true knowledge and wisdom is found only in the interpretation of facts in the light of God’s purposes in creation and providence. Education that either denies or ignores God is neither God honoring nor adequate to reveal absolute and complete truth.
Our convictions are equally operative in the methods with which we conduct the overall Faith Christian School program. From the establishment of Board policies to the hiring of personnel, from the recruitment of students to the selection and development of curriculum, we prayerfully plan and execute each phase of our program to be in agreement with our foundational beliefs. The educational process at our school involves much more than the presentation of a Bible‑enriched curriculum to our students. It is a process in which the Word of God governs and informs every subject, every activity, every idea we employ.
We view our ultimate purpose as assisting parents in the training of their children to be effective Christians in today’s world by developing within each student a discerning Christian mind. This, we believe, will not only enable the young person to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at an early age, but it will also, in concert with the instruction he receives at home and in the church, prepare him to serve the Lord faithfully and boldly in his chosen calling by teaching him to consistently choose to live his life in accordance with God’s Word.
I.05 Objectives. As a Christian educational institution our Objectives and how we seek to achieve these Objectives are as follows:
01. To teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in all of life, including education.
01. By encouraging students to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
02. By urging students to involve themselves in some form of Christian service.
03. By prompting students to participate in civic responsibilities.
02. To assist parents in training their children to be effective Christians in the world, but not of the world, by developing within each student a discerning Christian mind.
01. By affirming the Bible as the only true Word of God.
02. By integrating the Scriptures into all subject areas.
03. By encouraging the students to become active participants in their local churches, youth groups, camp ministries, etc.
04. By stressing Biblical concepts of family, church, and community life.
03. To teach problem analysis and decision making from a Biblical perspective.
01. By affirming Biblical standards of morality and ethics as absolute, not relative truth.
02. By teaching a concern for the salvation and welfare of others.
03. By modeling Christian values and principles.
04. To maintain an outstanding academic and extracurricular program that will solidly serve as the basis for college preparation as well as vocational and professional effectiveness.
01. By constantly reviewing and updating course and program offerings.
02. By counseling students wisely in the selection of courses and activities.
03. By instilling the knowledge, study habits, and academic skills necessary for further avenues of study or occupational endeavor.
05. To encourage the development of students’ God‑given talents and gifts, thereby promoting a healthy self‑image in each student.
01. By developing communication skills, creativity, and appreciation for a wide variety of academic disciplines.
02. By emphasizing a proper balance of initiative, independence of thought, and co‑operative teamwork.
03. By urging students to develop good habits involving physical, mental, and spiritual activities.
04. By advocating daily devotional times involving Bible study and prayer.
06. To provide a positive, challenging, Christ‑centered environment for learning.
01. By providing a Christian‑based curriculum.
02. By employing an administration, faculty, and team of volunteer parents who strive to live exemplary lives for the Lord.
03. By maintaining a physical plant in which students, teachers, and the administration can work effectively.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I.01 Responsibilities. The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of Faith Christian School including, but not limited to, policy making, personnel actions (including hiring and firing), forming committees, budgeting and spending of school funds, determination of tuition and fees, and other fiscal responsibilities.
I.02 Board Membership Qualifications
01. Beliefs. All Board members shall be born‑again Christians, subscribe to the Statement of Faith of these Bylaws, be in agreement with the Philosophy of Education and the Objectives of the school, and be in accord with the qualifications for leadership found in I Timothy 3:1‑13 and Titus 1:5‑9.
01. A Board member is required to have all of his or her school age children with standard academic abilities (K‑12) enrolled at FCS or involved in another form of Christian education approved by the Board.
02. Any Board member who, by the Early Reenrollment Deadline, has not reenrolled his or her school age children for the upcoming school year in accordance with paragraph 01 shall have Board voting privileges suspended until such reenrollment is completed.
03. No full‑time or part‑time employee shall be eligible to serve on the Board.
04. No two members of one household shall serve simultaneously on the Board.
05. Board members shall be subject to the prohibitions and limitations provided in Article VIII, Sec. I.05, Nepotism Prohibited.
03. Standards of Conduct. It is understood that the position of Board Member is both a privilege to serve the Christian community and a God‑given responsibility to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the following standards are established:
01. While we recognize that no Christian can be completely spiritually mature in this life, it is expected that all Board members shall have a good reputation, demonstrate Christian wisdom and be continually growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 6:3; II Peter 3:17‑18.)
02. All Board members shall be affiliated with a local church whose statement of faith is consistent with that of Faith Christian School. (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25.)
03. All Board members shall strive to live the separated life as described in Scripture. (II Corinthians 6:14‑18; I Thessalonians 5:21‑22.)
04. In matters of lifestyle and personal habits, these Scriptural principles shall apply to the conduct of all Board members.
01. Does it bring glory to God? I Corinthians 10:31
02. Is it harmful or enslaving? I Corinthians 6:12
03. Can it harm a weaker brother? I Corinthians 8:13
04. Does it edify or does it tear down? I Corinthians 10:23‑24
05. In recognition of the responsibility and public testimony of the position of Board member, out of a desire to model Christ‑like behavior for the students and a concern for the advancement of the school; and, out of love and concern for all the body of Christ, any liberty which we possess in Christ must be willingly laid aside if, by the exercise of that liberty, a brother may be caused to stumble in his walk with the Lord Jesus. Because of specific problems in American society, the standard for the Board of Directors, based on the tradition of FCS, is that members of the Board of Directors abstain from the use of beverage alcohol and tobacco products during the time they serve. (I Corinthians 6:12; I Corinthians 8:9‑13; I Corinthians 9:19‑23; I Corinthians 10:23‑24; II Corinthians 6:3.)
06. All Board members shall strive to follow Scriptural principles of discipline and restoration as detailed in the Bible. (Matthew 18:15‑17; Galatians 6:1.)
07. All Board members shall agree that in the event a dispute arises between members of the Board regarding school matters, only arbitration before believers is acceptable for settlement of the dispute or for discipline purposes. Therefore, all persons agreeing to these qualifications waive all rights to take their case before a civil court of law. (I Corinthians 6:1‑8.)
08. All Board members shall agree that the unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. God sees homosexuality as a perversion, and because of this willful condition, no homosexual will serve on the Board or be employed by Faith Christian School, (I Corinthians 11:3; Romans 1:24‑32.)
09. Faith Christian School is not affiliated with any denomination and as such all Board members shall refrain from discussing within the school context or while representing the school purely denominational, highly debatable, or potentially divisive issues such as modes of baptism after conversion or the sequence of events of the end times.
04. Term of Office.
01. The term of office shall be three years. Two consecutive terms are permissible subject to the Nomination and Selection Processes. Vacancies occurring during the year shall be filled by Board appointment (requiring a majority vote of all current Board members). Appointment to the Board can only be made after the Board has reviewed applications and conducted interviews in a manner reflecting the Nomination and Selection Processes. The Nominating & Policy Review Committee (“NPR Committee”) shall be asked by the president for potential candidates to fill the vacant position.
02. If a Board member decides that he or she must resign for any reason, a written letter of resignation must be submitted to the Board of Directors. The resignation becomes effective only upon formal acceptance by the Board.
03. A Board member may be removed from the Board for conduct unbecoming his or her position as detailed in these Qualifications and Standards. Removal requires a majority vote of the Board members present, provided at least three-fourths of the entire Board is in attendance.
05. Nomination and Selection Processes.
01. The Board of Directors shall appoint the Nominating & Policy Review Committee made up of at least two Board members, two members of the FCS faculty or staff, and two parents or guardians of current FCS students. The NPR Committee shall not exceed seven members.
02. The NPR Committee members shall compile a preliminary list of potential Board member candidates using the following criteria to the best of their ability:
A. Is the candidate a “born-again” believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?
B. Does he or she understand and support the concept of Christ-centered education?
C. Is the candidate committed to the policies, programs, and people of FCS?
03. The NPR Committee will then submit its compiled list of potential candidates to the Board of Directors for initial approval. The Board may request additional names at a later date.
04. The NPR Committee shall contact all Board-approved potential candidates and inquire as to their interest. Each interested candidate will be given appropriate orientation materials and asked to complete an FCS Board member application.
05. After screening submitted applications, the NPR Committee will schedule interviews with candidates deemed qualified. Any current FCS Board member may attend the interviews. The following are some examples of the types of questions and issues a candidate can expect to be asked to address during the personal interview:
A. Would you share your testimony with us, please?
B. Tell us about your commitment to Christ-centered education.
C. Have you read the Mission, Philosophy, and Purpose of Faith Christian School as stated in the FCS Handbook, and are you in complete agreement with them?
D. In light of the Mission, Philosophy, and Purpose statements, what do you see is the responsibility of a board member to serve as an example to the parents, teachers, and students of our school?
E. What do you perceive is the role of the school board here at Faith Christian School and how would your addition to the board support or enhance that role?
F. If I was the parent of school-age children, why would you say that I should consider enrolling them at Faith Christian School?
G. Aside from increased enrollment and a strong academic program, what are your spiritual goals for our school?
06. Following the interview process, the NPR Committee shall provide the Board of Directors with a list of qualified and recommended Board member candidates. The Board may then vote to elect some or all of the recommended candidates, and/or it may ask the NPR Committee to find, interview, and recommend additional candidates. The election of each new Board member requires a majority vote of the entire current Board.
I.03 Board Composition and Selection.
01. The Board shall consist of a minimum of 5 members and a maximum of 9 members, as determined by the Board of Directors, and chosen in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws.
02. Newly elected members of the Board of Directors shall be announced and introduced to the school and its constituent families via electronic communications.
03. Although new Board members will have no voting privileges (other than the right to vote for the succeeding year’s Board officers) until their terms begin on July 1, they will be invited to attend, as well as participate in discussions, at all FCS Board of Directors meetings which are held after the date of their election.
I.04 Meetings of the Board.
01. The Board of Directors shall meet monthly during the year. However, at the discretion of the president, the Board may skip a month, but shall meet not less than bi-monthly. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. Special meetings may be called by the president or at the written request of three members of the Board of Directors.
02. The regular Board meeting in February shall be considered the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. The program for that meeting shall include a report on the status of the school, identification of major problems and issues, and a projection for the coming year.
03. Written notice stating the place, day, and hour of any meeting and, in the case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, may, but need not, be given. Whenever any notice whatever is required to be given to any Director of the Corporation under the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, or any provision of law, a waiver thereof in writing, signed at any time, whether before or after the time of meeting, by the Director entitled to such notice, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. The attendance of a Director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Director attends a meeting and objects thereat to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.
04. The president shall direct that the following matters shall be conducted in closed session: all disciplinary matters of any kind (students, families or sponsors, faculty and staff, members, directors), all personnel matters (without limitation, evaluation, compensation, contracts), and other matters requested by a majority of the Board. A breach of confidence of any matters considered in closed session shall be grounds for dismissal from the Board.
05. Directors and members of any committees may participate in meetings through the use of conference telephone or other electronic means of communication, so long as adequate equipment is available to allow all who are participating in the meeting to hear and reasonably communicate with one another. Such participation shall constitute personal presence at the meeting and consequently the participant shall be counted toward the required quorum and shall be permitted to vote on any business transacted at the meeting.
06. Board meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
BOARD AND CORPORATE OFFICERS
I.01Election of Officers. At its June Board meeting, the Board of Directors shall elect by a majority vote of its members and members-elect, the following officers: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. These officers shall serve for a term of one year beginning July 1 following their election and shall comprise the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
I.02 Duties of Board Officers. The officers of the Board of Directors, by the virtue of their positions, will also serve as the officers of the Corporation.
01. The President. The president shall be the principle executive officer of the Corporation and shall, in general, supervise and control all the business and affairs of the Corporation. He or she shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The president may sign, with the secretary or any other proper officer of the Corporation authorized by the Board of Directors, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, notes or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in the cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or these Bylaws, or by statute, to some other officer or agent of the Corporation; and, in general, he or she shall perform all duties incident to the office of president, and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time‑to‑time. The president shall also be directly responsible for supervising and counseling the administrator of the school.
02. The Vice‑president. The vice‑president, in the absence of the president or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, shall perform the duties of president and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions of the president. The vice-president shall perform such other duties as from time‑to‑time may be assigned to him or her by the president or the Board of Directors.
03. The Secretary. The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors in one or more books provided for that purpose, see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law, and be custodian of the corporate records. The secretary, or the person he or she designates, shall be custodian of the seal of the Corporation and see that the seal of the Corporation is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of the Corporation under its seal is duly authorized in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws. In general, the secretary shall perform all the duties incident to the office of secretary and such other duties as from time‑to‑time may be assigned to him or her by the president or the Board of Directors.
04. The Treasurer. The treasurer or designate shall receive all funds contributing to the maintenance of the school and shall deposit all such funds to the credit of the school in a financial institution designated by the Board. He or she shall disburse such funds as designated in the annual budget or by Board directive. In addition, the treasurer shall submit a complete report of receipts and expenditures at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The books of the treasurer shall be audited every third year beginning in 2010 with a review in the interim years by an independent auditing agency. The treasurer or designate shall prepare an Annual Financial Report.
05. Other Duties. Although the president is directly responsible for supervising and counseling the administrator, it is the duty of all Board members to support and encourage the administrator of FCS. In addition, a committee comprised of the president, vice-president, and one other Board member chosen by a majority vote of the Board of Directors will prepare a written evaluation of the FCS administrator prior to January 31 each year. The committee will present an overview of the evaluation with recommendations at the February Board of Directors meeting.
FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
I.01 FCS Families and Friends Requirements. All persons, 18 years of age or older, who meet at least one of the following criteria shall be included in Faith Christian School Families and Friends:
01. A parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled at Faith Christian School.
02. The primary provider of school tuition/fees for a child currently enrolled at FCS.
03. An FCS graduate.
04. A full or part‑time faculty or staff member of the school.
05. A member of the FCS Board of Directors.
06. A donor who has contributed at least $500 to FCS within the past 24 months.
I.02 FCS Families and Friends Privileges. Persons included in FCS Families and Friends are permitted to rent Faith Christian School facilities at a reduced rate as specified in the FCS Facilities Use Policy.
I.01 Standing Committees. The standing committees of FCS are Development, Education, Nominating and Policy Review, Buildings and Grounds, and Finance. Additional committees may be established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall present its committee membership recommendations to the Board for their approval. The president shall assign (or reassign) Board members to serve as chairpersons or members of all committees. Committee chairmen may ask additional persons to serve on their respective committees, subject to prior Board approval.
I.02 Ex officio members.
01. Administrator. The administrator of the school shall be an ex‑officio member of all committees. He will supply information regarding school operations as requested and will evaluate the operational implications of all proposed policies.
02. President and Vice‑President. The president and vice‑president of the Board of Directors shall be ex‑officio members of all committees.
I.03 Duties. The duties of each committee shall be clearly defined by the Board of Directors.
I.01 The Board of Directors shall hire the administrator of the school.
I.02 The administrator shall be responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of the school according to the policies established by the Board of Directors and in compliance with these Bylaws.
I.03 Questions regarding the administration of the school shall be referred to the administrator. If policies regarding school operations or administration are to be reviewed or changed, this shall be done in Board of Directors meetings when the administrator is present.
I.04 The administrator shall prepare a written evaluation of each teacher at least once a year. He shall present an overview of the evaluations, with recommendations at the February Board meeting. Unless specifically directed by a majority of the Board, Board members shall not have access to the written evaluations of faculty and staff personnel files.
I.05 The administrator shall serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity to the FCS Board of Directors and shall attend each monthly Board meeting. His presence or absence shall not affect the determination of a quorum.
I.01 Employment Actions. All administrative, faculty, and staff employment actions including the hiring or firing of any full or part-time employee of Faith Christian School requires the approval of 80% of the entire FCS Board of Directors.
I.02 Contracts and Contract Actions. After considering the administrator’s recommendations, the Board of Directors retains sole responsibility for personnel contract actions including initial contract offerings, contract terminations, and yearly contract renewals or non‑renewals. Salary and conditions of employment shall be clearly delineated in all contracts.
I.03 Qualifications. The Board shall make all hiring decisions based on the qualifications, testimony, and personal lifestyle of each applicant considering the requirements for each position. The Board’s goal in each hiring decision is to choose the most qualified person whose life, both public and private, reflects true Christian standards as set forth in the Holy Scriptures fully realizing that each person hired will serve as a role model after whom the students will pattern their lives. (Luke 6:40) Faith Christian School does not discriminate in hiring staff and faculty on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, or national origin.
I.04 Term of Contracts. Contracts for teachers shall indicate a term of no more than one year and shall be renewable at the discretion of the Board.
I.05 Nepotism Prohibited. To avoid the actual or perceived risk of nepotism, conflict of interest, or other impropriety, the employment of a Board member’s family member as a faculty member or other school employee shall be avoided wherever reasonably possible. Further, a Board member who is a family member of any employee shall not exercise any supervisory relationship over the employee or be otherwise involved in any way in evaluation, management, compensation and benefits, or other employment decisions of any kind related to the employee. “Family” shall include the Board member’s parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or spouse.
I.01 Matters Indemnified. Each person who serves as a Director or officer of the Corporation from time to time shall be indemnified by the Corporation against:
01. Reasonable expenses and damages, including attorneys fees, incurred in connection with any civil, criminal, administrative or other claim, action, suit or proceeding (collectively, “Proceedings”) in which he or she is or may be involved by reason of any act or omission as Director or officer; and
02. Reasonable payments made by him or her in settlement or satisfaction of any judgment or order entered or fine or penalty imposed in any Proceeding.
I.02 Matters Not Indemnified. The Corporation shall not indemnify any person (a) in respect to a Proceeding against him or her by or on behalf of the Corporation or (b) in respect to a Proceeding in which he or she enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or in which it is determined by final adjudication that he or she engaged in fraud, gross negligence or other serious misconduct. The final adjudication in a Proceeding shall not be binding on the Board as to the right of any person to indemnity, and the Board may make exception to the foregoing prohibitions, but only if it determines that
01. The person acted in good faith for a purpose he or she reasonably believed to be in the best interest of the Corporation (and in addition, in any criminal action, that the person had no reasonable cause to believe he or she acted unlawfully) and
02. Indemnification may be legally and validly made.
I.03 Determination. The Board of Directors shall determine all matters under this section. However, any Director whose indemnity is being considered shall not be counted toward a quorum, nor shall he or she be entitled to vote on any matter related to his indemnity. When making such determinations, the Board may rely on the written opinion of the Corporation’s legal counsel. However, if a quorum of disinterested Directors is not obtainable, the matter shall be determined by a panel of three (3) appointed by agreement of the parties. In the event the parties cannot agree, the panel shall be appointed by the Christian Legal Society. Panel members need not be attorneys, but shall meet all qualifications for a Director provided in these Bylaws.
I.04 Insurance and Limitation. The Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person in that person’s official capacity against any liability asserted against and incurred by the person in or arising from that capacity, whether or not the Corporation would otherwise be required to indemnify the person against the liability pursuant to the provisions of this Article. The Corporation’s obligation to indemnify shall be limited to amounts and coverages provided under such insurance. The Board in its discretion may provide indemnity in excess of such amounts and coverages.
I.05 Miscellaneous. Any person seeking indemnification shall present a written request to the Board. The Board may make advances to any person entitled to indemnity during pendency of a Proceeding in which the right to indemnity arises. The right of indemnification under this Article shall be in addition to and not exclusive of any other rights a person entitled to indemnity may have. The right to indemnity shall survive the tenure of a Director or officer, and shall inure to the benefit of such person’s legal representatives, heirs, executor(s) and administrators.
I.01 Contracts. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation. Such authorization shall be by written resolution of the Board and shall state specifically the authority granted.
I.02 Checks, Drafts, Etc. All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation requires two signatures. The signatures being that of any two of the following: administrator, business manager, or any of the officers of the Board, as determined by resolution of the Board of Directors. In the absence of such determination by the Board of Directors, such instrument shall be signed by the treasurer or an assistant treasurer and counter‑signed by the president or a vice-president of the Corporation.
I.03 Deposits. All funds of the Corporation shall be deposited from time‑to‑time to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.
I.04 Gifts. The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the Corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or device for the general purposes or any special purpose of the Corporation.
I.05 Fiscal Year. The FCS fiscal year shall begin July 1 and end June 30 of the following year.
STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS
I.01 Academic Standards. We are called to “work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that…it is the Lord Christ whom we serve.” (Colossians 3:23‑24). We therefore seek to establish and maintain standards of excellence that would be pleasing to Christ in every aspect of the Faith Christian School program, but especially in the key area of academics. Where public education standards do not conflict with biblical principles, such criteria may be considered as the minimum acceptable academic standards for Faith Christian School. In all instances, however, academic standards must reflect the school’s goal of adequately preparing Faith Christian School graduates for further academic or vocational pursuits.
I.02 Curriculum. The strategic development of all curricular programs and materials is the responsibility of the FCS administrative team. Selections in this important area are to be made in a manner consistent with the school’s Mission and Purpose Statement. In this regard, curricular materials shall give preeminence to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation by grace. Discussion of biblical principles should be included in the academic presentation of each subject area in order that the students may gain an understanding of the application of God’s truth in all areas of life. Thus, the goal of each curricular program is not only to impart knowledge to the students, but also to direct them to seek discernment and wisdom from God in order to equip them to make decisions throughout their lives that are pleasing to Him.
I.03 Discipline. The administrator, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, shall develop principles and procedures of discipline. Administration of student discipline, including suspension, shall be the responsibility of the administrator. Expulsion of a student shall be determined by the Board of Directors (requires a three-fourths majority vote of the Board members present, provided at least three-fourths of the entire Board is in attendance).
I.04 Appeals. The parent or legal guardian of a student may initiate an appeal to a suspension or an expulsion by making a written request to the Board of Directors briefly stating the reason for the appeal. The Board of Directors will consider the appeal along with all other information related to the disciplinary action. After considering the matter, a decision will be made to either uphold the disciplinary action or alter it. The decision will be communicated to the parents in a timely manner.
I.05 Reservation of Board Action. The discipline procedures under this Article are strictly for the benefit of the Corporation and the Board in resolving disciplinary matters. They do not create any due process or contractual rights, express or implied. The Board reserves the right to amend or suspend any procedures provided in this Article or the Bylaws in relation to student discipline. All matters of discipline are reserved to the discretion of the Board and its decisions shall be final.
I.01 Irrevocable Dedication. In the event of dissolution, all assets remaining after the payment of debts shall be distributed and used exclusively for religious or charitable purposes, provided that the recipient organizations or Corporations be characterized by the following:
01. They are organizations described in Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, being organizations that are clearly tax exempt by the federal government.
02. No part of the net earnings of the said Corporation shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
03. No part of the activities of said Corporation shall be to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation and shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
I.02 Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths majority vote of the Board members present in any regular meeting provided at least three-fourths of the entire Board of Directors is in attendance and provided that the amendment shall have been proposed and discussed in a previous meeting of the Board. Proposed Bylaw amendments must be posted on the school website for at least thirty days prior to the vote. Notification that changes to the Bylaws are being considered by the Board must be issued via the Screaming Eagle, Constant Contact, and/or other electronic means at least twice during that thirty-day period but not less than two weeks prior to the vote. Amending the Statement of Faith in these Bylaws whether by addition, deletion, or any other form of alteration is prohibited.