Name, Composition and Powers of the Board of Trustees

Section 1. Name.  The name of the governing board of this college shall be the “BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT TWENTY-FOUR,” hereinafter referred to as the “Board of Trustees.”

Section 2. Appointment.  The Board is composed of five members appointed to five-year terms by the Governor of Washington State and confirmed by the Senate.

Section 3. Removal.  No member of the board shall be removed during the term of office for which he/she is appointed, except as prescribed in RCW 28.50.100.

Section 4. Composition and Power.  The form and composition of the Board of Trustees, its duties and its powers, are prescribed in RCW 28B.50.100, RCW 28B.50.140 and RCW 28B.50.142. The Board of Trustees observes the general statutes of the state of Washington and policies and regulations governing community and technical colleges approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Section 5. Exercise of Powers.  The Board of Trustees shall act only at meetings called and held as provided herein. All matters coming before the Board for determination shall be determined by the vote of the majority of the members when a quorum is present (at least three). Determination of a quorum shall be inclusive of all Trustees in physical attendance and attendance by remote participation. Remote participation shall be by phone or other electronic means that allows for real-time verbal communication so that all Trustees and the public can hear, be heard, and participate effectively in the meeting. 

The Board should always act as a unit. It governs the college as a body representing the people, and individual members have no authority singly. The Board chair is the designated spokesperson on behalf of the entire Board. No member can bind the Board by word or action, unless it has in its corporate capacity designated him/her as its agent for some specific purpose, and then he/she can go no further than he/she has been empowered, even during a regular meeting of the Board, its control is exercised as a body and the individual member has no right beyond his/her own voice in any matter.

Section 6. Policies and Procedures.  Occasionally, the Board of Trustees may adopt policies and procedures, not inconsistent with these bylaws for the governance of the college and the conduct of the business of the Board of Trustees, and may amend or repeal the same, in whole or in part, as it may be advised after notice given as hereinafter stated, provided that no policy or procedure shall be adopted, amended, or repealed except by affirmative vote of the majority of the Board of Trustees when a quorum is present.

Section 7. Legislative Matters.  The Board of Trustees and the president or his/her designee(s) shall represent the Board of Trustees and the college in all matters requiring action by the legislature or by officers of the state of Washington.

Section 8. Contracts.  Except when specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees, no trustee may make or enter into any contract on behalf of the college.

Section 9. Compensation.  No trustee shall receive salary for his/her services as a trustee. A trustee may be reimbursed for expenses incurred by reason of his/her attendance upon any meeting of the Board of Trustees or a committee thereof or in the performance of other official business of the trustees in accordance with existing statute.

Section 10. Fiscal Year.  The fiscal year of the Board shall conform to the fiscal year of the state of Washington and shall be from July 1 to June 30 inclusive.