Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

0361 Biscayne Gardens Elementary School


School Name Biscayne Gardens Elementary School Location # 0361  

The bylaws for this school were last modified on May. 24, 2011.

The bylaws are as follows:

MAY 2011


The purpose of the Biscayne Gardens Elementary School Educational Excellence School Advisory Council is to work to ensure improved student achievement. One of the ways the Council will do this is by preparing and evaluating the School Improvement Plan as required by 1008.345 F.S., Comprehensive Revision of Florida’s System of School Improvement and Education Accountability.



The Biscayne Gardens Elementary School Council shall be made up of five teachers, six parents, one student, one education support employee, two business/community representative, the designated UTD steward and the principal. (A waiver is on file for one other administrator, as well as a composition waiver).
With the exception of the principal, the UTD designated steward, and the business/community representatives, all other members shall be elected by their constituent groups. Teachers, parents, students, and educational support employees shall also elect an alternate representative. The designated steward may designate an alternate steward in their absence. The Council will be representative of the ethnic, racial, linguistic, disabled and economic community served by Biscayne Gardens Elementary School. A majority (50% plus 1) of members must not be employed by the District.
(Note: Refer to Section II for required minimums as well as procedures to seek variations or expansions.)


All teachers, student services personnel, and the media specialist employed by the school are eligible to be elected as teacher representatives to the Council. All other persons employed by the school, including paraprofessionals, and those who are not defined as instructional or administrative personnel and whose duties require twenty or more hours in each normal working week are eligible to be elected as the educational support employee representative. All parents, guardians or significant others responsible for a child enrolled in Biscayne Gardens Elementary School are eligible to be elected as parent representatives, with the exception of those parents who are also employed by Biscayne Gardens Elementary School.


The terms of office shall begin with the calendar of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools ending May of each year and beginning in August of the new school calendar year. Teachers may hold a three consecutive year term. Parents and non-instructional staff may have alternating term limits and all council members may serve more than a three year term when voted in by the Council.


Council members are expected to:

a. attend all regular and special meetings,
b. communicate with constituents to collect data and opinions for decision making,
c. report to constituents the actions taken by Council, and
d. consider the needs of all students when making decisions.


Any member who has two consecutive unexcused absences from Council meetings shall be considered to have resigned. The member shall be replaced following
election/selection procedures as stated in these bylaws.


Biscayne Gardens Elementary shall give proper notice of the election of council members in accordance with the Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law. The school shall also make its best effort to hold elections for each constituent group during hours that are convenient for each constituent group. Day and evening meetings will be considered by the school council in order to reach the highest possible community population for consideration of council members.


A. Regular Meeting

All meetings of the Council will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except November and December due to the shortness of the months and the holiday season. The meetings will be held in the school’s Media Center at 2:10 pm or may be changed to a time that is convenient to parents, students, teachers, and business/community representatives.

All meetings shall be open to the public and shall not be held in any facility or location which discriminates on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, color, origin, disability, or economic status or which operates in such a manner as to unreasonably restrict access to such a facility.

B. Special Meetings

In the event of a special meeting is needed, the principal, chair or a majority of Council members may call a meeting. The meetings will be held in the school’s Media Center at a time that is convenient to parents, students, teachers, and business/community representatives.

C. Cancellation

Regular meetings may be canceled if members are properly notified of such change.


A majority of the voting members of the Council (or the alternates representing absent voting members) shall constitute a quorum. A quorum must be present before a vote may be taken.


The Chairperson shall prepare and distribute the agenda for all regular and special meetings. Council members may add items, issues, concerns to any regular meeting agenda by contacting the Chairperson three days in advance. Non-council members may propose an agenda item by contacting a council member at least three days in advance. The agenda may be amended at the meeting by majority vote.

All members must receive at least 3-days advance notice in writing of any matter that is scheduled to come before the council for a vote.


The primary method of decision-making shall be by consensus. Consensus will aim for the maximum agreement among people while drawing on as much of everyone’s ideas as possible.


A. Maintenance of Minutes

Minutes shall be kept for all meetings of the EESAC. Copies of the approved minutes shall be maintained by the school as a permanent, public record. In addition, beginning July 1, 2002, a copy of the minutes of every meeting will be posted electronically by the school to the designated District website.

B. Content

The minutes shall include the names of those in attendance and any actions taken by the Council. The minutes shall be approved at the next regular meeting of the Council and an official copy kept on file in the school's principal’s office, as well as on the designated District website.


Non-members in attendance at any Council meeting shall be provided an opportunity to discuss issues under consideration at the end of each Council meeting. This will take place during the comments and suggestions portion of the meeting prior to its adjournment.


School established committees, which must include discipline and safety, are to be given the opportunity to report to the EESAC on a regular basis.


These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, provided that at least five working days, written notice of the proposed change has been given to all members of the council.