TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes – July 2015


LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MINUTES
July 16, 2015
Murfreesboro, TN

1. Voted to mandate that the TSSAA staff bring options for Bylaws regarding eligibility and fair play back to the Legislative Council prior to mid-September.

2. Denied proposed Change to Article I, Section 3 of the TSSAA Bylaws:All public schools shall play in Division I, and all non-public schools shall play in Division II.

3. Approved proposed Change to Article III (Board of Control) of the TSSAA Constitution:

Section 1. Administration: The administrative authority of the TSSAA shall be vested in a Board of Control composed of twelve members. This Board of Control shall be composed of four representatives from each of the three Grand Divisions of the State. The terms of office shall be staggered such that the terms of four members of the Board of Control, one from two Grand Divisions and two from one Grand Division of the State, shall expire each year. The election shall take place in an annual meeting of the schools in each Grand Division.

Section 2. Election: In each Grand Division, there shall be a minimum of one Independent School representative. Only administrators of member Independent Schools in that Grand Division shall be eligible for election to the Independent School seat. Each member school of the Grand Division that is represented at the meeting by the Principal, or other administrator, shall be entitled to one vote for each Independent School seat to be filled at the meeting.Administrators from all member schools shall be eligible for election to the other three seats. Nominations shall come from the schools within the Athletic District, and only the members of that Athletic District may vote for their representative on the Board of Control. Each member school of the Athletic District that is represented at the meeting by the Principal, or other administrator, shall be entitled to one vote for each seat to be filled at the meeting. In the event of a tie vote, all member schools in that Grand Division represented at the meeting shall continue to vote until the tie is broken.

The term of office for members of the Board of Control shall begin December 1 following their election.

All members of the Board of Control must be full-time employees (minimum of 100 school days) who are principals, heads of school, or superintendents. (An assistant principal who devotes full time to administrative duties shall be eligible to serve.) County and City superintendents of systems of no more than one four-year high school or senior high school shall be eligible for membership. No individual can serve as a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Control at the same time.

Section 3. Initial Election: There shall be an initial election to fill the three Independent School seats on the Board of Control. That election shall take place at the annual meeting of the schools of each Grand Division in November. In the initial election, the terms of the three seats filled shall be staggered with the East representative serving one year, the Middle representative serving two years, and the West representative serving three years.

4. Approved proposed Change to Article IV (Legislative Council) of the TSSAA Constitution:

Section 1. Administration: The legislative body of the TSSAA shall be a Legislative Council composed of twelve members. This Legislative Council shall be composed of four representatives from each of the three Grand Divisions of the State. The terms of office shall be staggered such that the terms of four members of the Legislative Council, one from two Grand Divisions and two from one Grand Division of the State, shall expire each year. The election shall take place in an annual meeting of the schools in each Grand Division.

Section 2. Election: In each Grand Division, there shall be a minimum of one Independent School representative. Only administrators of member Independent Schools in that Grand Division shall be eligible for election to the Independent School seat. Each member school of the Grand Division that is represented at the meeting by the Principal, or other administrator, shall be entitled to one vote for each Independent School seat to be filled at the meeting.Administrators from all member schools shall be eligible for election to the other three seats. Nominations shall come from the schools within the Athletic District, and only the members of that Athletic District may vote for their representative on the Legislative Council. Each member school of the Athletic District that is represented at the meeting by the Principal, or other administrator, shall be entitled to one vote for each seat to be filled at the meeting. In the event of a tie vote, all member schools in that Grand Division represented at the meeting shall continue to vote until the tie is broken.

The term of office for members of the Legislative Council shall begin December 1 following their election.

All members of the Legislative Council must be full-time employees (minimum of 100 school days) who are principals, heads of school, or superintendents. (An assistant principal who devotes full time to administrative duties shall be eligible to serve.) County and City superintendents of systems of no more than one four-year high school or senior high school shall be eligible for membership. No individual can serve as a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Control at the same time.

Section 3. Initial Election: There shall be an initial election to fill the three Independent School seats on the Legislative Council. That election shall take place at the annual meeting of the schools of each Grand Division in November. In the initial election, the terms of the three seats filled shall be staggered with the East representative serving two years, the Middle representative serving three years, and the West representative serving one year.

5. Denied proposed addition to Article III (Board of Control) of the TSSAA Constitution:

The TSAA Board of Control shall approve a committee of Independent Heads of School to work with the TSSAA staff. The committee and staff will establish the appropriate classification plan, Sports Calendar, and tournament format for independent schools within the Independent School Division.