ARTICLE I: MEETINGS OF SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTERS
Section 1. Annual District Meeting. The Board of Trustees (herein the Board) of the School District Public Library of the Chappaqua Central School District (herein the Library) is authorized to require the Board of Education of the School District to give notice of and to conduct a special district meeting and election for the purpose of electing Library Trustees and of submitting a resolution for an appropriation for library purposes in accordance with the provisions of subdivision 1 of Section 259 of the Education Law. (Section 260 subdivision 7 of the Education Law.)
Section 2. Other Special Meetings. Other special district meetings for any purpose authorized by law, including authorization of bond issues, are governed by the Education Law.
ARTICLE II: TRUSTEES
Section 1. Powers of Trustees. The business and affairs of the Library shall be managed by a Board of Trustees who shall have all the powers of trustees of other educational institutions of the University of the State of New York as defined in the Education Law (Section 260 subdivision 1).
Section 2. Public Action. All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. All actions and decisions of the Trustees shall take place at a regular or special meeting of the Board duly called. The Board may close a meeting for an "executive Session" and take actions as specified under New York State Open Government Laws.
Section 3. Number and Election. The Board consists of five members elected by the voters of the School District in accordance with Section 260 subdivision 2 of the Education Law.
Section 4. Term of Office. The term of office for each Trustee is five years beginning on July 1 following the election. (Section 260 subdivision 2 of the Education Law.) No trustee shall hold office consecutively for more than two successive terms. (Section 255 of the Education Law.)
Section 5. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board may be filled until the next annual election of Trustees at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. (Section 226 of the Education Law.)
Section 6. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least quarterly and such Board shall fix the day and hour and place for holding such meetings. (Section 260 subdivision 5 of the Education Law.)
Section 7. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees may be called by the President or two other Board members and must be called at the written request of two members of the Board. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting except that specified in the notice.
Section 8. Notice. Notice of any regular meeting of the Board shall be given by the Secretary or the President or by the Library Director to each Trustee personally or by telephone at least three days prior to the meeting or by mail at least five days prior to the meeting. Notice of any regular meting shall also be given promptly to the public and at least one representative of the local news media. A public notice of each meeting shall also be posted prominently on the Library bulletin board. When a meeting is scheduled less than a week in advance, notice must be given to the public and the news media "to the extent practicable" at a reasonable time prior to the meeting. Again, notice to the public must be given by means of posting.
Section 9. Nominations. Candidates for the office of Trustee shall be nominated by petition in accordance with the provisions of Section 260 subdivision 8 of the Education Law. All such nominations must comply with the requirements of the Education Law.
Section 10. Quorum. A majority of the Trustees shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Board.
Section 11. Board Approval. All actions taken by the Board shall require at least three affirmative votes from Board members who are present for passage.
Section 12. Resignation. Board members are expected to attend all regular Board meetings. If any Trustee shall fail to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the Board or have excessive absences from meetings without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Trustees, he/she shall be deemed to have resigned. The vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Article III, Section 4.
Section 13. Liability and Indemnity of Trustees. To the fullest extent permitted by law, each Trustee shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Library against all liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or relating to any claim or proceeding against the Library or such Trustee in his or her capacity as a Trustee thereof.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Library shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Finance Officer and a Secretary.
Section 2. Election and Term of Office. The Board shall, at its first meeting in each calendar year, elect the above-named officers from their own number to serve from the date of the meeting at which they are elected until the subsequent January and thereafter until their respective successors are duly elected.
Section 3. Powers and Duties. The officers shall have such powers and shall perform such duties as are incident to their respective offices or as may be assigned to them by the Board.
Section 3a. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board, authorize calls for any special meetings, appoint all committees, execute all documents authorized by the Board, serve as ex-officio voting member of all committees, shall meet regularly with the Library Director, shall present an end-of-term statement at his/her final Board meeting, and generally perform all duties associated with that office.
Section 3b. Vice-President. The Vice-President, in the event of the absence or disability of the President, or of a vacancy in that office, shall assume and perform the duties and functions of the President.
Section 3c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings of the Board and shall perform such other duties as are generally associated with that office. An Assistant Secretary who need not be a Trustee may be selected by the Board to assist the Secretary in the performance of his/her duties.
Section 3d. Finance Officer. The Finance Officer shall oversee budget presentations, investment strategies and accounting procedures. The Library Director is empowered to sign checks up to $1,000 in categories authorized by the Board.
Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies among any of the offices may be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by the Board at any regular meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose.
Section 5. Reimbursement. The Board may reimburse any Trustee, officer or employee for expenses incurred in the performance of his/her duties.
Section 6. Other Officers. The Board may appoint such other officers with such powers and duties as it may deem advisable. Such officers shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.
ARTICLE IV: MISCELLANEOUS
Section 1. Principal Office. The principal office of the Library shall be in its principal library building.
Section 2. Security. The Board requires that any officer or other person authorized to disburse monies of the Library shall be bonded in an amount and with such surety as they may determine.
Section 3. Committees and Task Forces. The Board may appoint such committees and task forces as the Board may deem necessary or advisable for the conduct of its business and affairs. Any such committee or task force may include individuals who are not members of the Board. The duties of any such committee or task force, its size and tenure, shall be determined by the Board. All committees and task forces shall be subject to the control of the Board.
ARTICLE V: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Proposal of Amendments. An amendment to these By-Laws may be proposed by any member of the Board by notice in writing given to the other Trustees at least ten days before the proposed amendment is to be acted on.
Section 2. Adoption. An amendment so proposed may be adopted by a majority vote of the entire Board at any regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose, provided the substance of the proposed amendment accompanies notice of the meeting, whether regular or special.
Adopted April 13, 1976
Revised June 21, 1990; July 19, 1994, Dec. 18, 1995, June 18, 2013