Modern Chinese School of Kalamazoo
Article I. Name, Status and
§1.1 The organization shall be
known as Modern Chinese School of Kalamazoo
(abbreviated as “MCSK), and shall conduct
business under such names.
§1.2 MCSK is a nonprofit
organization within the meaning of Section
501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
§1.3 The purpose of MCSK is to
offer Chinese language and cultural classes to
the Greater Kalamazoo community. Classes are
designed for both children and adults who desire
to learn Chinese and Chinese culture. MCKS
provides these classes at least once per week
during the regular school year.
Article II. Organizational
§2.1 MCSK shall be located in the
Greater Kalamazoo area, including Kalamazoo city
and Portage city.
§2.2 Every person who has an
interest to take classes offered by MCSK may
enroll in MCSK and has privileges to use the
facilities upon payment of tuitions or fees.
MCSK shall be open to the greater Kalamazoo
community regardless of race, ethnicity,
religion, sex, national origin, disability
status and sexual orientation.
§2.3 MCSK is governed by a board
of directors (herein “Board.)” The Board
comprises at least three individual directors.
The directors are: a chairperson, a treasurer,
and a secretary. The Board may further comprise
additional officers as needed. The Board
appoints a Principle, who administrates the
§2.4 The School has no voting
members. Any action which
would otherwise by law require the approval by
a majority or all of members shall require
only approval of the Board.
§2.5 The Board of Directors serves
a two-year term. The Board of Directors may
serve two consecutive terms for a total of 4
§2.6 The Principal serves a
two-year term. By the appointment of the Board,
the Principal may serve four consecutive terms
for a total of 8 years.
§2.7 The Board shall hold at least
two annual meetings each year to conduct
business of MCSK and to fill the vacancies.
§2.8 A majority of the Board
constitutes a quorum for the transaction of
business at a Board meeting.
§2.9 The Chairperson, the
Principle, or the majority of the Board may call
Article III. Authorities and
Duties of the Board, Directors and the
§3.1 The Board establishes overall policy and
direction of MCSK. The Board ensures that
the purpose of MCSK is maintained. The Board has
the authority to appoint or remove a principal; to
determine the location of MCSK, to establish
tuition, fees, and compensation for services
rendered; and to approve other organizational
expenses such as rentals for the organization
Chairperson monitors MCSK’s overall operation,
calls the Board meetings, ensures that members of
MCSK are aware of the Board-decisions. The
Chairperson organizes fund-raising efforts.
§3.3 The Treasurer has
the primary responsibility for the financial
affairs of MCSK. The treasurer shall have custody
of all funds of MCSK. The Treasurer receives and
collects moneys due and payable to MCSK and
deposits all such moneys in the name of MCSK. The
Treasurer shall keep a complete record and account
of all receipts and expenditures and shall present
a financial report at the Board meetings.
Secretary prepares the Board meeting agendas;
records all board meetings and actions, maintains
the meeting minutes and records, and coordinates
other activities as requested by the Board.
§3.5 The Principal conducts routine
operations, designs curriculum with teachers,
selects and hires qualified teachers and other
administrative staff, communicates with general
public. The Principal may propose special
programs for the Board approval. The Principal
shall report school activities to the Board on a
regular basis and at the annual board meeting.
In the event the Principal wishes to resign the
position, a written statement shall be delivered
to the Board two-months in advance.
Article IV. Finance
§4.1 MCSK operates primarily from
Funds provided by tuition.
§4.2 MCSK shall maintain all
§4.3 Financial reports shall be
made available for inspection upon request by
any member of MCSK with reasonable notice for a
Article V. Indemnification,
Amendments and Dissolution
§5.1 To the fullest extent
permitted under the Michigan Nonprofit
Corporation Act, a volunteer director and the
duly appointed Principal by the Board shall not
be personally liable to the organization for
monetary damages or liable to the students,
their families, and their guests for loss and
injuries occurred at the organization premise
except the following:
a breach of the officer’s
duty of loyalty to MCSK;
acts or omissions that are
not in good faith or that involve
intentional misconduct or knowing violation
a transaction derived an
improper personal benefit;
an act or omission that is
§5.2 This By-Laws may be amended
by the affirmative vote of a two-thirds (2/3) of
the Board at the annual or special meetings,
provided that the Directors have been furnished
with the proposed changes in writing at least
ten days in advance.
§5.3 In the event of the
liquidation or dissolution of MCSK, voluntary or
involuntary, no member shall be entitled to any
distribution or division of its remaining
property or proceeds, and the balance of all
money and other property received by MCSK from
any source, after the payment of all its debts
and obligations, shall be used or distributed to
organizations organized and operated exclusively
for educational or charitable purposes.