Constitution and Doctrinal Statement

CONSTITUTION AND DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

of the CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY


ARTICLE 1 – NAME

This organization shall be known as the Christian Schools of Palm Beach County.

ARTICLE II – PHILOSOPHY AND FOUNDATION

The basis and foundation of this organization is the Word of God. In conformity with this Word, we, in our educational program, stand committed to the following Declaration of Faith and Statement of Educational Principles:

A. Declaration of Faith

    1. We believe the Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (II Tim. 3:16)
    2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1, John 10:30, John 4:24)
    3. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33); in His Virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35); in His sinless life (Hebrews 7:25); in His miracles (John 2:11); in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7; Col. 1:14); in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25); in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:11); and in His personal imminent return in power and glory. (Revelations 19-11-16).
    4. We believe that all men are sinful by nature and as such at enmity with God and therefore regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to their salvation. (Romans 3:19)
    5. We believe that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that only by God’s grace through faith alone are we saved. (Acts 13:38-39)
    6. We believe that Satan is a person and that Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment of all unsaved. (Job 1:6-7; Matthew 25:46) (Revelations 20:14-15)
    7. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assuring them of Heaven, and by His indwelling enables Christians to live a Godly life. (John 16:8; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 12:13)
    8. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

B. Statement of Educational Principles

    1. The centrality of God is to be uppermost in all our dealings and should permeate every aspect of our quest of knowledge and wisdom. (Romans 11:36)
    2. Parents are responsible for the education of their children, according to the principles of God’s Word. (Proverbs 22:6; Luke 2:40)
    3. In order to bring the children up in the Lord, teachers are to give evidence of a born again life and manifest ability to educate children in the light of God’s Word. (Proverbs 22:6; Luke 2:40)
    4. Students are conceived as images of God and must therefore be subject to His sovereign will in all things through Christ. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 34:11; Psalm 37:5; Colossians 3:17)
    5. All truth is revelatory of God and must be presented as such. (Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 129:16; Romans 1:2; I Corinthians 15:3-4; John 3:16)

All member schools must adhere to the following non-discriminatory policy: No person, on the grounds of race, color, national or ethnic origin, is excluded or otherwise subjected to discrimination in receiving services at a CSPBC member school; nor does this school hire or assign staff on the basis of race, color or ethnic origin.

ARTICLE III-MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES

A. Mission

Christian Schools of Palm Beach County is committed to strengthening Christian education in Palm Beach County by developing relationships, providing professional development, and promoting excellence in Christian education.

B. Vision

Promoting Christian Education

Supporting Christian Schools

Building Christian Community

For the glory of God!

C. Core Values

    1. Biblical Truth – CSPBC believes that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God, it should inform and guide the operation and practice of Christian Schools. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    2. Excellence – CSPBC believes that schools should challenge all students to meet high standards in every aspect of their lives and that meeting high standards will help students achieve their full potential. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
    3. Preparation – CSPBC believes that schools should contribute to the process of preparing all students to assume leadership roles in their homes, churches, communities wherever they may be found. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
    4. Development – CSPBC believes that students benefit when teachers increase their skills through professional development. All teachers should have the opportunity for personal enrichment through professional development. And whatever you do in word or deed, so all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
    5. Relationships – CSPBS believes that when administrators and teachers are supported by prayer and fellowship, including networking and collaboration, our schools will benefit. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Christian Schools of Palm Beach County shall be limited to Christian Schools and individuals who sincerely uphold the statement of faith (Article II) and the Purposes (Article III) of this Constitution. Members of their sponsoring organization shall not hold membership in the National Council of Churches and/or the World Council of Churches. Each school shall have one vote in business conducted by the organization. Associate membership is available to individuals supportive of Christian school and individuals sponsoring a home-school. Associate membership does not carry voting privileges.

    1. Active membership will receive membership staff development conference fee rates, and the opportunity to participate in joint promotions.
    2. Membership, and its privileges, shall be on a yearly basis. Active membership will require attendance at three or more meetings during the school year.

Some member schools have limited staff so as not to be able to attend three meetings annually. In this case, a letter stating this hardship will be accepted in lieu of attendance at three meetings annually.

Active membership will be changed to Associate membership upon review at the annual meeting in April should attendance drop below three meetings during the school year. Associate membership will permit participation in staff development days at an established rate, however, Active memberships will not be available.

Associate membership will be available to college students at a fixed rate for Staff Development Conference Day only.

    1. Membership Standards:

a. Complete an application, sent by membership committee.

b. Be visited by a representative from the membership committee.

c. Each school must comply with all applicable government regulations (health, safety, sanitation, etc.) and must be able to provide appropriate supportive documentation to the committee. This could be in the form of a license or certificate of compliance from the HRS, an HRS inspection report or current accreditation status from a FAANS agency recognized by the CSPBC.

d. Each school must sign the Annual Commitment Sheet.

e. Approval by two-thirds vote of those present at monthly meeting.

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS

The officers of this organization shall include a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary to be elected for two year terms. The president and treasurer shall be elected in odd years and the vice-president and secretary shall be elected on even years. An officer is eligible to serve for a maximum of two full consecutive terms, for a total of four successive years, which must be followed by at least a one year rest.

These officers shall be elected by a majority ballot of members present at the April meeting and shall comprise the cabinet.

The cabinet shall appoint such committees as they deem necessary to carry on the various activities and special events.

The cabinet shall be composed of not more than two members from any one school.

ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

The duties of the officers shall be to lead the Cabinet to carry out the business agreed upon in regular and special meetings of the Christian Schools of Palm Beach County.

The President shall preside over all business and Cabinet meetings. He shall appoint such committees as may be deemed necessary for the proper conduction of the business of the organization. The President shall appoint the chairman of each committee and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. He shall make necessary arrangements for the regular meetings of the organization.

The Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President, and shall assist the President in his duties.

The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings and shall provide each member of the organization with a copy of same within a reasonable length of time following each meeting. The Secretary shall maintain a roster of all members, conduct correspondence and maintain adequate records of the organization.

The Treasurer shall serve as purchasing and paying agent for the organization. He shall present a financial report at each regular meeting. He shall deposit and disburse all monies by the direction of the organization.

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

The members shall meet monthly for the purpose of sharing their faith, encouraging one another, upholding each other in prayer and rejoicing together of God’s grace.

Membership, and its privileges, shall be rescinded when a school is not represented at three consecutive monthly meetings. In particular, this policy will be applied to the annual Staff Development Conference fees, and advertising as a Christian Schools of Palm Beach County member in the annual bulletin insert and newspaper ad.

The organization shall meet monthly from September through April. No meeting will be held in December. The April meeting will be the annual business meeting. This meeting shall be limited to committee reports, election of officers and written motions submitted to the President at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

By cooperative effort of its members the organization shall provide Staff Development Workshops for the professional and spiritual growth of the respective faculties. At least one conference in February shall be sponsored each year. All member schools shall support this conference. Another form of professional growth provided shall be the opportunity to arrange classroom visitation so teachers may visit and observe a “master teacher” within the member schools.

ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS

This constitution may only be amended at the annual meeting by a 2/3 vote of those present. In addition to the provisions given here, by-laws may be added for clarity and expediting of business.

ARTICLE X – ADOPTION

Upon approval of 2/3 of the members present this constitution shall be officially adopted.


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