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The FCCPSA proudly maintains an accreditation partnership agreement that provides AdvancED/SACS accreditation to FCCPSA schools. This partnership allows schools to obtain both FCCPSA and SACS accreditation through one seamless process utilizing AdvancED unique protocols and platforms.   

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) requires that all full member senior high schools be accredited by one of 15 approved accrediting agencies.
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accrediting-agencies
In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children. http://www.myflfamilies.com/ service-programs/child-care/goldseal

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FCCPSA By Laws

ARTICLE I – NAME

Section 1.01 Name. The name of this Corporation shall be Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation, Inc. (sometimes referred to as FCCPSA or the Corporation in these Bylaws).

 

ARTICLE II - OFFICES

Section 2.01 Offices. The registered office of the Corporation shall be at 973 Feather Dr.  Deltona, FL  32728 or at any other address fixed by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE III – VISION, MISSION, PHILOSOPHY

Section 3.01  Vision.  The FCCPSA supports the creation, growth, and diversity of high quality Christian educational institutions, specifically in the areas of Christian Commitment, Family Community, and Quality Education.
Section 3.02  Mission. The FCCPSA’s mission is to support administrators, schools and childcare facilities by:
     a. Providing certification and accreditation services for Christian private schools and child care facilities in Florida as a viable means of establishing a witness of excellence based on established best practices utilizing a peer review system.
      b. Establishing and publishing standards of certification and accreditation for its member institutions and to ensure the maintenance of those standards through the ongoing evaluation process including but not limited to Self-Study, Site Visits and Re-evaluation.
      c. Providing on-going education and professional development for member administrators and staff utilizing a wide range of methods including, but not limited to, administrative manuals, web sites, newsletters and workshops.
     d. Representing and updating member schools with regards to governmental regulation and legislation for the protection of students, families, and educational institutions through the general improvement of educational standards in Florida.
      e. Developing cooperative relationships among members and other educational institutions.
      h. To engage in all lawful activities and efforts that may be reasonably intended or expected to promote and advance the mission of the FCCPSA.

Section 3.03  Philosophy.  The FCCPSA was founded and continues to be led by men and women who are devoted to Biblical truth and committed to the propagation of Christian values.  All people have been created in God’s image, and, therefore, the FCCPSA actively supports organizations that seek to cultivate this understanding and to assist them in fulfilling their purpose in the context of the varied methodologies incorporated by the individual school.

The FCCPSA recognizes that parents/guardians are responsible for the training of their children in all areas, including academics. The FCCPSA assists and holds accountable member institutions throughout the state of Florida who have chosen to partner with families in this high calling.  The FCCPSA provides direction to Christian educational institutions on matters of academic and spiritual education, thereby developing a community that values truth, honor, and excellence.
The FCCPSA prepares member schools, child care facilities, administrators, and staff for excellence, and believes well-informed administrators will lead the way. When educational institutions apply the standards of excellence through the process of certification, accreditation, and professional development, communities enjoy the benefits of a safe and high quality education.

 

ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 4.01  Identity. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors (sometimes referred to as "Board" or "Directors" in these bylaws).

Section 4.02   Powers and Duties. The Directors, acting in their capacities as Directors, may exercise all such powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts as are permitted by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended, and Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes.  Without limiting the foregoing or the rights, responsibilities, or powers set forth elsewhere in these bylaws, the Board shall:

1.   Establish the strategic direction for the Corporation;
2.   Oversee all the provisions of certification, accreditation, and professional development;
3.   Direct the research and development agenda for the Corporation;
4.   Ensure the provision of high quality professional services to educational providers;
5.   Review and approve policies and procedures that guide the work of the Corporation and are consistent with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Standards;
6.   Review and approve the annual budget for the Corporation and ensure all financial affairs are in order;
7.   Develop governance policies for the Corporation including contingency plans in the event of an emergency.
8.   Attend the regularly scheduled Board Meetings annually.  Attendance is defined as being physically present at the meeting, by video or teleconferencing.
9. Elect and define the parameters of committees (as needed) to facilitate timely and effective administration.
10.  Retain other such staff as may be necessary and expedient for its needs and operations.

Section 4.03 Composition. The Board shall consist of Directors representing the scope and mission of the Corporation and numbering not less than five (5) as determined by the Board.

1. In order to be eligible to become a Board member, a person must be employed by an accredited member institution, and the accredited member must have had accredited membership for at least one year, unless waived by a three-fourths vote of the remaining voting members present.
2. If a Board member’s employing school/program loses its accredited membership, the board member shall immediately be removed from the Board unless waived by a three-fourths vote of voting members present.
3. If a Board member moves employment from one school/program to another, the Board member shall immediately be removed from the Board unless the new employer is an accredited member which has held accredited membership at least one year, unless waived by a three-fourths vote of voting members present.
4. In the case of multiple board members from an accredited school, that school will be entitled to one vote.

Section 4.04 Election.  The Initial Board shall elect the members of the Board of Directors.  

1. In the annual board meeting of each year, each Director will be subject to review and a vote for affirmation.  Board members receiving 2/3 vote of affirmation from voting members present may continue serving on the Board of Directors.
2. Potential Directors are to be solicited by a nominating committee and to be confirmed by a 2/3 vote of the current Board of Directors.

Section 4.05 Removal.  A Director may be removed by a majority vote of the Board for failure to fulfill the duties of the Board as outlined in the Bylaws and policies of the Board or for no longer meeting the qualifications required to hold the Director position.

Section 4.06 Resignation.  A Director may resign at any time upon written notification to the Chairman of the Board.  Such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of the notice or at any later time specified in the notification or immediately upon a vote by a majority of the remaining Board.

Section 4.07 Vacancies.  In the event of a vacancy on the Board, the Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee to prepare a slate of nominees to fill the vacant seat.    At the next scheduled or special meeting of the Board, the Board will elect by a 2/3 vote, a Director to fill the remaining term of the vacant seat.

Section 4.08 Compensation.  Any Director of the Corporation is authorized to receive reasonable compensation from the Corporation for services rendered and for actual expenses incurred when authorized by the Board or its designee. No Director of the Corporation shall receive compensation merely for acting as a Director.

 

ARTICLE V- OFFICERS

Section 5.01 Structure and Authority.  The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a Chairman, President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Officers shall have such authority and perform such duties as are provided by the Bylaws or as shall from time to time be prescribed by the Board. 

Section 5.02 Election.  The Board of Directors shall elect the officers at the annual meeting. The elections shall follow policies established by the Board.

Section 5.03 Term.  The officers serve for a term of one year.  Officers are eligible to be re-elected for a further term or terms, subject to limits as established in Board policy.

Section 5.04 Chairman.  The Chairman shall act as presiding officer at all meetings, coordinate the activities of the Board, and act as figure head for the FCCPSA.  The Chairman also has the authority to appoint a Nominating Committee of any size. 

Section 5.05 President.  The President serves as the liaison between the Board and the membership, serves as the coordinator of all accreditation activities, and shall act in the absence of the Chairman.  The President shall notify members and accredited members and candidates of the time and place of meetings. The President (or his designee) shall review private schools that have met the eligibility requirements for membership and he shall have the authority to approve all private school membership applications.

Section 5.06 Secretary.   The Secretary shall keep the minutes of Board meetings, oversees the publication of all manuals, web site content, and policy statements.

Section 5.07 Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds, shall keep the funds in a federally insured institution, and shall propose an annual budget for the coming fiscal year to be submitted to the Board prior to the annual meeting.  The Treasurer (or his designee) supervises the day-to-day financial expenditures based on the budget as approved by the Board.

Section 5.08 Further Duties.  All officers shall also be responsible for any actions specifically designated by any provision of these Bylaws.

Section 5.09 Removal.  Any Officer may be removed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors whenever it is judged to be in the best interest of the Corporation.

Section 5.10 Resignation.   An Officer may resign at any time upon written notification to the Board of Directors.  Such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of the notice or at any later time specified in the notification, or immediately upon a vote by a majority of the remaining Board.

Section 5.11 Vacancy.      In the event of a vacancy of any Officer, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor to fill the remaining term of the position.  At the next scheduled or special meeting of the Board, the Board will elect by a 2/3 vote, an Officer to fill the remaining term of the vacant seat.

Section 5.12 Authority.    No officer of the Corporation shall have any power or authority to borrow money on its behalf, to pledge its credit, or to mortgage its real or personal property, except within the scope and to the extent of the authority delegated by policy of the Board.  Authority may be given by the Board for any of the above purposes and may be general or limited to specific instances. 

 

ARTICLE VI-  BOARD MEETINGS

Section 6.01 Regular Board Meetings.  There will be at least two regularly scheduled Board meetings throughout the year. Attendance is defined as being physically present at the meeting, by video, or teleconferencing.

1.  Annual Meeting    The Annual Meeting is held before the end of February.  The Board will elect and confirm both Board members and officers. The Directors review the finances and confirm the year’s proposed budget.  Included in this meeting is an evaluation of current policies and procedures. Member applications for accreditation are considered and voted upon by the board based on the recommendations from the Accreditation Committee.
 2.  Mid-Year Meeting   The Mid-Year Meeting is held before the end of July.  Individual Board members and Officers provide updates. Member applications for accreditation are considered and voted upon by the board based on the recommendations from the Accreditation Committee.

Section 6.02 Special Meetings.  Special Meetings of the Board may be called by the Chairman, President, or a majority of the board. All Board members shall have at least two days advance notice of any meeting.  The purpose of the special meetings will be to carry out any lawful business of the Corporation deemed necessary by the Board.

Section 6.04 Quorum and Actions.  A Quorum for the purpose of holding any meeting of the Board shall be 2/3 of the Directors then in office.   Unless otherwise provided in these bylaws, the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors present and eligible to vote shall be required to take any action at any meeting of the Board. 

Section 6.05 Advisors.  At the discretion of the Board of Directors, special advisors may be appointed for the purpose of providing counsel in all matters pertaining to the FCCPSA.

 

ARTICLE VII- TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS

Section 7.01 Contracts. The Board of Directors may authorize any office or officers, as agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these by-laws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 7.02 Checks.   All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.

Section 7.03 Deposits. All funds of the corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.

Section 7.04 Gifts. The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or device for general purposes or for any special purpose of the corporation.

Section 7.05 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December.

Section 7.06 Appointment of Agents. The Board of Directors will select such executive agents, as it deems necessary to conduct the affairs of the Corporation. Such agents serve for designated terms or at will, as is deemed necessary in relation to their duties.

Section 7.07 Employment of Family Members. To protect the corporation and Board members from the appearance of favoritism, individuals related to Board members are to be limited to a total of $600 annually paid for services unless the board approves additional compensation.

 

ARTICLE VIII- MEMBERS

Section 8.01 Types.  Members may be recognized as Member Private Schools, Accredited Member Private Schools, Certified Child Care Facilities, and Accredited Child Care Facilities.

Section 8.02 Member Private Schools. 

1 Eligibility     Eligibility for Membership requires the educational institution to:

    (a) be a private Christian school legally authorized to do business in the state of Florida.
    ( b) have obtained a school ID number from the Florida Dept. of Education.
    (c) be in compliance with the completion of the Annual Data Base Survey.
    (d) be in compliance with the federal, state, and local regulations and/or requirements.
    (e) be in agreement with the FCCPSA Statements of Faith, Mission, Vision, and Philosophy.
    (f) complete and submit the Membership Application.
    (g) pay the Membership Dues.
    (h) fulfill all other policies, procedures, criteria, standards, etc., as specified and required by the FCCPSA in its official publications and announcements for continuation of membership.

 2. Approval     Once the eligibility requirements have been met, the President or his agent has the authority to approve all Membership Applications.

3. Maintaining Membership     Maintaining Membership requires the educational institution to:

    (a) complete and submit the Renewal Application
    (b) pay the Renewal Membership Dues annually
    (c) attend the Annual Workshop

Section 8.03 Accredited Schools. 

1. Eligibility    Eligibility for Accreditation requires the educational institution to:

    (a) have been in operation for a minimum of one complete academic school year prior to applying for accreditation
    (b) be an FCCPSA Member School in good standing as defined by the membership eligibility listed in 9.02 above.
    (c)demonstrate an on-going commitment to professionalism, high academic standards, and professional development of their staff, students and families that they serve by completing the initial and/or review Accreditation Process.

2. Accreditation Approval   Member schools seeking accreditation are required to complete the rigorous accreditation process including, but not limited to:

    (a) Submission of a complete Accreditation Application
    (b) Completion and submission of the Self-Study Manual and submission of required documentation for review
    (c) Review of the Self-Study manual by the Corporation, and submission of any additional documentation requested, in advance of the site visit.
    (d) Participation in the Site Visit
    (e) Submission of any additional documentation as requested by the Site Visit Committee in the summary report
    (f) Presentation of the final review by the Site Visit Committee and recommendations to the Board of Directors
    (g) Approval by the Board of Directors
    (h) Payment of all associated fees and costs

3. Maintaining Accreditation:  Accredited Schools are required to maintain their membership with FCCPSA in good standing and renew their accreditation annually. Renewal consists of:

    (a) Completing and submitting to FCCPSA the Annual Report
    (b) Payment of all associated fees and costs
    (c) Submission of a complete Renewal Accreditation Application
    (d) Submitting to a Third-Year Renewal Process every third year
          (1) Submission of a complete Third Year Renewal Application
          (2) Completion and submission of the Renewal Self-Study Manual and submission of required documentation for review
          (3) Review of the Renewal Self-Study manual by the Corporation, and submission of any additional documentation requested, in advance of the site visit.
          (4) Participation in the Renewal Site Visit
         (5) Submission of any additional documentation as requested by the Site Visit Committee in the summary report
         (6) Presentation of the final review by the Site Visit Committee and recommendations to the Board of Directors
         (7) Approval by the Board of Directors

    Section 8.04 Certified Religious Exempt Child Care Facilities and After School Care.

1. Eligibility:   The child care facility or after school care program must be;

    (a) an integral part of a church or Christian school

2. Certification Approval.

    (a) Submission of a complete Certification Application
    (b) Completion and submission of the Self-Study Manual and submission of required documentation for review
    (c) Review of the Self-Study manual by the Corporation, and submission of any additional documentation requested, in advance of the site visit.
    (d) Participation in the Site Visit
    (e) Submission of any additional documentation as requested by the Site Visit Committee in the summary report
    (f) Approval by the President or his agent
    (g) Payment of all associated fees and costs
    (h) Fulfillment of all other policies, procedures, criteria, standards, etc., as specified and required by the FCCPSA in its official publications and announcements for continuation of membership.

3. Maintaining Certification  All of the steps of initial eligibility are repeated annually to maintain certification.

Section 8.05 VPK Gold Seal Accreditation Process
Child Care Facilities seeking full accreditation of the Florida VPK Gold Seal are required to complete the rigorous Accreditation process, which includes higher staff and academic requirements in addition to the Religious Exempt standards. The process includes, but is not limited to:

1. Eligibility:   The child care facility or after school care program must be;

    (a) an integral part of a church or Christian school

2. Accreditation Approval.

    (a) Submission of a complete Certification Application
    (b) Completion and submission of the Self-Study Manual and submission of required documentation for review
    (c) Review of the Self-Study manual by the Corporation, and submission of any additional documentation requested, in advance of the site visit.
    (d) Participation in the Site Visit
    (e) Submission of any additional documentation as requested by the Site Visit Committee in the summary report
    (f) Presentation of the final review by the Site Visit Committee and recommendations to the Board of Directors
    (g) Approval by the Board of Directors
    h) Payment of all associated fees and costs
    (i) Fulfillment of all other policies, procedures, criteria, standards, etc., as specified and required by the FCCPSA in its official publications and announcements for continuation of membership.

3. Maintaining Accreditation   All of the steps of initial eligibility are repeated annually to maintain certification.

 

ARTICLE IX – EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

Section 9.01 Educational Partner: Educational Partners are those individuals or organizations that are approved by FCCPSA to provide educational services or products to all FCCPSA member schools and child care facilities.

Section 9.02 Types of Partners: Partners may include, but are not limited to:

    (a) Educational Service Provider
    (b) Alternate classrooms  (virtual)
    (c) Tutoring (one-on-one or in small groups)
    (d) On-the-job training
    (e) Technical or Special Skills training
    (f) Counseling / Guidance
    (g) Testing Centers
    (h) Local Schools
    (i) Curriculum Providers or Publishers
    (j) Educational Products /Vendors
    (k) Activities (sports, field trips, academic competitions etc.)

Section 9.03 Eligibility for Partnership:

    (a) The Board of Directors will consider granting partnership status on a case-by-case basis.
    (b) The Board will set by policy the eligibility, approval, and maintenance of partnership status.

 

ARTICLE X- LOSS OF STATUS AND APPEALS

Section 10.01 Reason for Loss of Status: Loss of membership, partnership or accreditation status by a school/program or a change in membership may be imposed for failure to fulfill policies, procedures, criteria, standards, as specified and required by the FCCPSA in its official publications, announcements, and any other actions that the board deems in conflict with its vision, mission, and philosophy.

Section 10.02 Standard Procedure: This loss of status, change or probation shall become effective immediately or on the date specified on the notification.   Notification will be sent by registered mail, by the President upon authorization of the Directors. The Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting or a special meeting shall give such authorization only after a majority vote of approval, with a quorum present.

Section 10.03 Appeals. Any school/program/center or person directly affected by actions taken in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws may submit an appeal in writing to the President of the Association requesting a reversal or modification of the action taken.

1. The appeal shall clearly set forth the appellant’s position with regard to each aspect of the action(s) being appealed and provide any additional evidence or information for consideration by the Board.
2. The appellant shall be responsible for and shall pay all expenses incurred by the Corporation related to the appeal including, but not limited to, all travel and lodging expenses.
3. The appeal must be submitted to the President within 90 days of the action being appealed.
4. The President shall then present such appeal to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting or special Board meeting at which a quorum is present.
5. The Board shall evaluate the appeal on its merits, conduct additional investigations, and/or inquiry if deemed necessary at the sole discretion of the Board, and then notify the appellant of the Board’s decision via registered mail.

 

ARTICLE XI- CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Section 11.01 Filing a Grievance.  Before a parent or employee can file a grievance with FCCPSA against a member school, every effort to find resolution must have been made first with the administration, and then with the governing board(s) of the school.

1. Written documentation of these efforts must be submitted to FCCPSA with the grievance request. The parent or employee has 90 days from the time of their last contact with the governing board(s) of the school to file their grievance with the President of FCCPSA.
2. The President shall then present such appeal to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting or special Board meeting at which a quorum is present.
3. The Board shall evaluate the appeal on its merits, conduct additional investigations and/or inquiry, if deemed necessary at the sole discretion of the Board, and then notify the appellant of the Board’s decision via registered mail.

 

ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENTS
Section 12.01 Amendments  These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the Board, such vote must be preceded by notice two weeks prior to the meeting.

 

ARTICLE XIII - NON DISCRIMINATION

Section 12.01 Non Discrimination  The FCCPSA and those persons acting in official capacities on behalf of FCCPSA will not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of age, gender, race, color, ethnic origin, or physical disability.  FCCPSA reserves the right to establish such conditions of membership and standards as consistent with its purposes as stated in the Vision, Mission, and Philosophy statements to insure the academic and professional quality of its membership in accordance with sound and established educational practices.