Membership and Dues
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In the Division of Professional Activities, active membership shall be open to principals, assistant principals, career and technical education center directors and career and technical education center assistant directors, and other school administrators whose primary job function is that of a building principal or assistant principal.
These positions shall be in schools that are on the most current list of schools that have met the Basic School Approval Requirements established by the Maine Department of Education, those approved for attendance purposes, those recognized as providing equivalent instruction, and those authorized as Maine public charter schools. Associate membership is open to all former principals, assistant principals, career and technical education center directors, and assistant vocational directors. Retired membership is open to fully retired principals, assistant principals, and career and technical center directors or assistant directors who were active or associate MPA members for the final three years leading up to full retirement. Aspiring membership is open to aspiring principals, graduate students currently enrolled in a program leading to Administrative Certification, and other individuals interested in school administration. Honorary memberships in recognition of outstanding contributions to Maine youth may be extended to individuals as approved by the Board of Directors. Life members are those individuals holding Maine Elementary Principals' Association life memberships, retired Maine Secondary School Principals' Association and Maine Elementary Principals' Association presidents, and retired presidents of the Corporation.
Subject to the limitations and restrictions set forth herein and in the Corporation's Articles of Incorporation, active members of the Division of Professional Activities are entitled to vote, hold office, serve on all committees of the Corporation (professional and interscholastic), and request legal assistance through the legal resource fund.
Associate, aspiring, honorary, and life members of the Division of Professional Activities shall (i) receive all communications from the Corporation and be entitled to attend all conferences and meetings of the Corporation at the active membership rate. They shall not be entitled to vote, hold office, serve on standing committees or ad hoc committees, nor have access to the legal resource fund.
Retired members have all of the rights of active members and may be elected to the Board of Directors within the first five years of full retirement. However, they may not be elected president-elect or president.
The annual membership dues to be paid by active, associate, retired, and aspiring members of the Division of Professional Activities shall be recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by majority vote of the active and retired members of the Division of Professional Activities on a date and means established by the Board of Directors. Active and retired members of the Division of Professional Activities must be current with respect to their dues in order to be eligible for any of the rights and privileges available to members of the Division of Professional Activities.
In the Division of Interscholastic Activities, all high schools that have met the Basic School Approval Requirements established by the Maine Department of Education, those approved for attendance purposes, those recognized as providing equivalent instruction, and those authorized as Maine charter schools.
Each active member school is entitled to one vote and that vote shall be cast by the school’s principal or the principal’s designee.
The membership dues paid by participating schools of the Division of Interscholastic Activities shall be set by a majority vote of the schools represented at a regular Division of Interscholastic Activities Business Meeting.
The membership year shall be from July 1 to the following June 30. Payment of dues must be made by September 4. Schools that have not paid dues by this date shall be considered dropped from membership and shall be ineligible to participate in any interscholastic division activities until reinstated or an extension is granted by the Interscholastic Management Committee. The dues and other income of each Division will remain allocated to that Division.
The fiscal affairs of each Division shall be maintained in separate accounts. In the case of any common endeavor benefiting both Divisions, the Management Committees of the Divisions shall determine the proper proration of expenses and/or income.