Bylaws

Veritas Bylaws

ARTICLE I – NAME, PURPOSE, LOCATION

Section 1 – Name: The name of the organization shall be Veritas Classes, Inc. (Hereafter referred to as Veritas). It is created in Elon, Alamance County, North Carolina.

Section 2 – Purpose: Veritas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under North Carolina General Statutes, 55A and is organized exclusively for educational and religious purposes including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The corporation does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit, incidental or otherwise. The Mission of Veritas is to provide weekly tutorials from an unapologetically Christian worldview to enrich the local homeschool environment, assist parents in leading their students toward their academic goals, and encourage students to grow closer to the Lord through positive relationships with instructors and peers.

Section 3 – Location: The principle location of Veritas shall be located in Alamance County in the state of North Carolina. The organization may have any number of offices at such places as the Board may determine.

ARTICLE 2 – STATEMENT OF FAITH

Board members and teachers of Veritas are required to sign the following Statement of Faith. While members are not required to sign the Statement of Faith, they should be aware that Veritas is an openly and unapologetically Christian group by design, and as such, will be mentioning God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and other mainstream Christian concepts from time to time.

Preface: Our Statement of Faith concerns the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) revealed in Scripture. It is the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 2, Eph. 4:5), which distinguishes believers from non-believers. There are many other precious truths taught in the Bible over which godly men have differed in understanding. Therefore, this is not a statement of all that is important to believe, but of all that is essential to believe for Christian fellowship and unity (Rom. 15:7).

* We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired and only infallible Word of God, inerrant in the autographs (II Tim. 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21).

* We believe God is one being Who eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All of the persons are equal in power and glory (Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14).

* We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and man (John 1:1, 14), born of a virgin (Matt. 1:18), sinless in His life (Heb. 4:15). He died on the cross as a substitution for sinful men (Heb. 9:15). He rose bodily from the grave (John 20:1-9, 24-31, Acts 2:24) and now reigns with the Father (Acts 2:33, Heb. 10:12). He will return visibly and personally to the earth both in salvation and judgment (Acts 1:11, Heb. 9:28, Matt. 24:35).

* We believe all humans are sinful by nature (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) and can only be forgiven by repentance and confession of trust in Jesus as Savior (John 3:16), brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-7).

* We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:1-17).

* We affirm the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9).

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Qualifications for Membership: Application for participating in Veritas classes shall be open to any homeschooling family in Alamance County and surrounding areas that supports the purpose and mission statements found in Article I, Section 2. Membership is granted after the receipt of the following completed items:

  • Application for Admission
  • Registration Form
  • Registration Fee
  • Agreement to Family Guidelines
  • Release of Liability Form
  • Acceptance by the Veritas Board and Administrator

The board may deny membership to any applicant by a majority vote if they feel an applicant would compromise the mission, purpose or cohesion of Veritas.

Section 2 – Membership Definition: Each family, defined as a homeschooled child and that child’s siblings (if any) and all of their parents and guardians, will be granted a single Membership upon completion of the eligibility requirements listed in Article 3, Section 1. Veritas encourages and respectfully supports participation from homeschool households diverse in homeschool style, race, religion, and philosophy.

Section 3 – Continuing Membership: Membership to Veritas is fee-based annually. It is contingent on meeting eligibility qualifications from Article 3, Section 1 at all times. It is, also, contingent on paying the student class fees in a timely manner and completing all assigned work.

Section 4 – Termination: Membership may be terminated for cause by a majority vote of the Board. Termination does not relieve a member of unpaid dues, class fees, or drop charges.

Section 5 – Voting Privileges: Members of Veritas have no voting privileges.

ARTICLE 4 – MEETINGS

Section 1 – Regular Veritas Member meetings may be held at such place and time as shall be designated by the Board of Directors. Notice of all meetings shall be provided to each member by email at least one week prior to the meeting.

Section 2 – Regular meetings of the Board may be held at such place and time as shall be designated by the standing resolution of the Board. The meeting schedule shall be published to the Board members via mail, e-mail, or post to the appropriate online group at least one week prior to any regular or special Board Meeting.

Section 3 – Special meetings may be called by the consensus of the Board.

Section 4 – Quorum: A Board Meeting must be attended by at least three Board members for business transactions to take place and motions to pass.

ARTICLE 5 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 – Board role and size: The business of Veritas shall be managed by a Board of Directors comprised of at least three Board members. The Board is responsible for maintaining the overall policy and direction of Veritas. The Board shall delegate responsibility of day-to-day operations to the Administrator and appropriate members. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of no more than 50% of members who are related to one another.

Section 2 – Board Meetings: The Board shall meet at least two times per year at an agreed-upon time and location. Board members shall not miss more than 1 meeting per year.

Section 3 – Board responsibilities: It shall be the responsibility of the Board to:

1. Take actions necessary to advance the mission of Veritas.

2. Perform any and all duties imposed on them by the law, by these bylaws, and by other Veritas documents.

3. Meet twice a year, or more as needed, and as called for by the Administrator or a Board member.

4. Annually approve a budget.

5. Annually approve the teachers, staff and course proposals for the upcoming school year.

6. Approve a qualified Administrator to lead Veritas when the current Administrator steps down.

7. Approve qualified Officers.

8. Determine and approve compensation for all teachers and staff.

Section 4 – Board compensation: The Board receives no compensation other than the reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Section 5 – Board Terms: All Board members shall serve for a 1-year term and can be eligible for re-appointment each year.

Section 6 – Nonliability of Board Members: The Board Members shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of Veritas.

Section 7 – Board Member qualifications: Each Board Member shall agree to the Veritas Bylaws, Statement of Faith, Family Guidelines, and be an active member of a local church. Each Board Member shall be a current or retired homeschooling parent.

Section 8 – Board Decisions: All board actions and decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the board unless otherwise specified.

Section 9 – Vacancies: When a vacancy on the Board exists, the Chairman of the Board shall receive nominations for candidates from current Board members two weeks in advance of a Board Meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to the Board with the regular Board Meeting announcement, to be voted upon at the next Board Meeting.

Section 10 – Resignation and termination: Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Board. A Board Member shall be terminated from the Board in the event that the Board member does not agree with the Statement of Faith of Veritas, or his/her lifestyle is in violation of what the Board of Directors deems to be godly. A Board member may be removed for cause by unanimous vote of the remaining Board members.

ARTICLE 6 – OFFICERS

Section 1 – Officers: The officers of Veritas shall be the Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board of Directors shall appoint each of these officers. The Board may also appoint other officers it deems necessary.

Section 2 Terms and Compensation: The Board of Directors shall appoint officers for a term established by the Board. Any officer may be removed from office without assigning any cause by the vote of the Board at any meeting of the Board. Officers will not be compensated via salary for their service as an officer.

Section 3 – Chairman: The Chairman shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings and shall preside or arrange for other members to preside at each meeting in the following order: Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 4 – Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, distributing copies of minutes to each Board member, and assuring that records are maintained.

Section 4 – Treasurer: The Treasurer will reconcile bank statements. The Treasurer will produce financial reports once a quarter and plan the annual budget in accordance with the fiscal year of July 1 – June 30, and is responsible for any tax filings that the payroll service may not do. The Treasurer will sign checks when needed. The Treasurer will make financial information available to Board members and the public.

Article: 7 – Staff

Section 1 – Administrator: The Administrator for Veritas will do the following:

1. Be the “face” of Veritas. Communicate with the parents or guardians throughout the year.

2. Collect required course proposals, applications, and references from teachers by the end of February and determine the class schedule with the Board.

3. Collect background checks on new teachers, as necessary.

4. Appoint moms as Assistants and train them.

5. Update the Google calendar and website content.

6. Hold an Open House in the Spring.

7. Keep track of all registrations and applications for admission, responding to parents as needed. Send emails announcing registration to Veritas, ACCHE, and other local homeschool organizations, as necessary.

8. Make sure the Bookkeeper receives income from member families.

9. Prepare reports for Board meetings. Announce upcoming Board meetings and attend required Board meetings.

10. Run important decisions by the Board first.

11. Sit in on new teacher classes, as needed, to evaluate.

12. Appoint an Advisory Council as he/she deems necessary.

Section 2 – Registrar: The Registrar shall keep track of all who sign up for individual classes, collect registration fees from Veritas families and forward collected fees to the Bookkeeper.

Section 3 – Bookkeeper: The Bookkeeper will collect all fees and tuition, give receipts for cash, record all income, make deposits in the bank in a prompt manner, write checks. The Treasurer, Administrator or Chairman will sign the checks. The Bookkeeper will write reimbursement checks only when there is a receipt. The Bookkeeper interfaces with the payroll service, and keeps the financial records for Veritas on a software program.

Section 4 – Assistants: The Veritas Assistants shall serve in a capacity so as to keep order and quiet in the Fellowship Hall and to be available for any teacher needs during Veritas operating hours. The Assistants will tactfully enforce the Veritas Family Guidelines when needed, periodically check outside the building to make sure all is well, and will help with setting up classrooms and cleaning the facilities on a weekly basis as needed. The Assistants also collect fees and tuition, give receipts for cash and submit all receipts to the Bookkeeper.

ARTICLE 8 – TEACHERS

Section 1 – Teachers Qualifications: Veritas teachers and assistants shall agree to the Veritas Bylaws, Statement of Faith, Family Guidelines, and be an active member of a local church. They shall be chosen by the Board of Directors and can be terminated by the Board without cause by a majority vote. Each

teacher is subject to a background screening and reference letters at their own expense, as required by the Board of Directors.

Section 2 – Teachers’ Compensation: As employees of Veritas, teacher compensation will be determined annually by the Veritas Board of Directors. Veritas Teachers will provide their personal supplies and curriculum except for these items provided by Veritas: white dry erase boards, markers, erasers, copies.

Section 3 – New Teacher Training: Each new Veritas teacher is asked to come to the annual teachers’ training taught by one of our veteran teachers or the Administrator.

ARTICLE 9 – DISSOLUTION

Section 1 – Distributions Upon Dissolution Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, educational, scientific or literary purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code as the Board of Directors shall determine, or to federal, state, or local governments to be used exclusively for public purposes. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, such as the court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes, or to such governments for such purposes.

Section 2 – Any action to dissolve Veritas must be approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the Board present at a Board Meeting called to specifically consider such action, for which written notice has been issued to all members.

Article 10 – Prohibitions

Section 1 – No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Third hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Article 11: Conflict of Interest

Section 1 – Whenever a director or officer has a financial or personal interest in any

matter coming before the board of directors, the affected person shall a) fully disclose the nature of the

interest and b) withdraw from discussion, lobbying, and voting on the matter. Any transaction or vote

involving a potential conflict of interest shall be approved only when a majority of disinterested

directors determine that it is in the best interest of the corporation to do so. The minutes of meetings at

which such votes are taken shall record such disclosure, abstention and rationale for approval.

ARTICLE 12 – AMENDMENTS

Section 1 – These Bylaws may be amended when deemed necessary by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary and sent along with regular board meeting notices.

CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION

These Bylaws were approved at a meeting of the Veritas Board Members by a majority vote on June 27, 2019, pending proposed edits. The effective date of these Bylaws shall be August 1, 2019.

David Morton

Casey Morton

Cynthia Lawson Fox

Ben Duckett

Gina Duckett

Nicole Walker