URBAN EDUCATION NETWORK OF IOWA
Name of Organization
This organization is known as the
URBAN EDUCATION NETWORK OF
Membership in the Urban Education Network of Iowa
The Urban Education Network of Iowa was established
during the 1984-85 school
year. The following school districts are charter members
of the organization: Cedar
Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque,
Iowa City, Sioux City, and
Waterloo. Any duly organized and legally constituted
public school district in Iowa with
two or more
comprehensive high school attendance centers and/or 10,000 or more
students whose composition includes
the major characteristics of “urbaneness” including,
population density, multi-cultural
and broad and varied socio-economic and ethnic
representation, may become a member of the corporation by petition to and
the recommendation of the
Steering Committee to the general membership, a two-thirds
vote by the membership and the payment of membership dues as provided in
the by-laws. Each charter member district shall be entitled to one vote.
The Urban Education
Network may extend associate membership to
non-charter districts upon the recommendation of the
Steering Committee and a two-thirds vote
of the membership.
Membership is available to districts with 4,000 or more students, and
districts with 3,000 students combined with 40% or more of the student
population identified as free/reduced price.
UEN membership entitles district participation in
lobbying efforts, including UEN analysis of legislation, and UEN Day at
the Capitol; (each district is scheduled for one day). Also, member
districts are invited to participate in the UEN Annual Meeting
(scheduled every November); and participate in UEN Job-Alike meetings.
Job-Alike meetings are scheduled periodically for those staff members
with the same or similar performance responsibilities.
Please note that UEN membership is NOT to be considered
in-lieu-of membership in other organizations serving school districts
and administrators, e.g., IASB; SAI. The UEN works closely with these
and other organizations on behalf of all students.
General Powers and Duties
The Urban Education Network shall make rules for its own
governance in order to fulfill the purpose of the organization. Each
year a UEN charter member superintendent serves as Chairperson-Elect and
assumes the position of Chairperson the following year (one year term,
July 1 through June 30). Appointment to the position of
Chairperson-Elect and Chairperson is on a rotation basis.
The Chairperson of the Urban Education Network shall act
as president and official representative for the UEN; preside at
meetings; sign all contracts; and prepare, with assistance of the
Executive Director, meeting agendas. The chairperson of the Urban
Education Network shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised except as otherwise directed by the membership.
The Steering Committee shall meet in the capacity of the
board of directors and
be composed of eight members as previously set forth.
Every consideration shall be given to an equitable
rotation of these leadership positions among the charter member
districts. The executive director will develop and maintain a sequential
leadership schedule and make it available to the member districts. The
Steering Committee shall exercise the
authority granted by the membership to carry out policy
and conduct the operations of the
UEN legislative priorities are to be determined annually
in accordance with the following process: 1 Executive Director elicits
from each member district, suggested legislative priorities; 2.
Executive Director and Chairperson compile suggestions and formulate
proposed list; 3. Executive Director forwards to member districts the
proposed list of legislative priorities for comment and feedback; 4.
Steering committee vets the feedback of the member districts and
approves a slate of legislative priorities to be presented to the
members attending the annual meeting.
5. Final approval of UEN legislative priorities is
determined by those attending the annual November meeting, with each
member district allotted one vote.
The Urban Education Network shall hire an executive
director to carry out the
functions of the
organization as determined by the membership. The Steering Committee
shall be empowered to employ the Executive Director and other staff as
appropriate. The executive director
shall carry out the policies, resolutions and other directives of the
Urban Education Network
consistent with the mission and objectives of the
organization and other duties as
specified in the position description. Included in the position
description will be the
responsibility for keeping records of all proceedings of the Urban
Education Network, financial records, correspondence, and
historical documents. The
executive director will issue a quarterly financial
report to the Steering Committee.
Section 8 Filling Vacancies
In the event of a vacancy created by a member district
choosing not to appoint a board member to serve on the Steering
Committee, the district next in rotation will be invited to appoint a
board representative to serve. Vacancies among the superintendent
members of the Steering Committee will be filled by the Steering
Code of Ethics
The Urban Education Network acknowledges the following
code of ethics.
Member Districts will:
·Respect the opinion of others.
motivated only by an earnest desire to achieve the goals of the Urban
Education Network as stated in the Mission Statement,
Objectives and Guiding
use the Urban Education Network for personal advantage or the
advantage of friends or supporters.
by the majority decisions of the Urban Education Network.
to keep informed on issues of significance to the organization so that
member district may become a better and more effective
Section 10 Membership
The Urban Education Network will meet in Des Moines, Iowa
for the annual
meeting, and at other such times as agreed upon. The
chairperson or any three member
districts may call a special or an emergency meeting of
the organization at any time.
Adequate notification of such meetings will be accorded
Agendas for the Steering
An agenda shall be submitted by the executive director or
his/her designee to the
members of the Steering Committee at least five days
before any regular
meeting. Individual members may suggest agenda items to
the chairperson, executive director or bring
items to the Steering
Committee meeting under the topic of new business.
Section 12 Quorum for
Steering Committee Meetings
A majority of the Steering Committee members shall be
present to constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business. A majority vote
of members present shall be
necessary and sufficient to pass any motion or to take
Minutes and Communications
The executive director will share in the responsibility
of recording, filing and
distributing to the membership accurate minutes of all
Steering Committee meetings.
The notes of all general meetings are available to
interested parties. All Urban Education
Network communications will be submitted in tandem to the
superintendent and to the
Board Representative of each member district.
Section 14 Membership Fees
The Steering Committee annually determines membership
fees. The membership fees
shall be effective from July 1 to June
30 and are payable prior to September 15.
Section 15 Amending These By-laws
These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the
Steering Committee and endorsed by a majority of the charter member
districts. Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing and sent
to the membership seven days prior to a vote.
Amended, April 1995
Amended, April 1996
Amended, April 2002
Amended, April 2005
Amended, November 2008
Amended, June 2013
Updated, May 2015