RESP By Laws
Roughrider Education Services Program
Revised April 13, 2009


Name. The name of the joint powers agreement is Roughrider Education Services Program, also known as RESP, a Regional Education Association (REA).


Office. The location of the office of the REA agreement is Dickinson, North Dakota. The REA agreement may change the location of the office of the joint powers agreement and establish other offices, within the boundaries of Roughrider Education Service Program, as the Governing Board may designate.

Governing Board

1. Management. A Governing Board (hereafter referred to as Board), shall manage the affairs of the Roughrider Education Services Program RESP.
2. Term of Members. The term of each member of the Board is set by the appointing member or cooperating party.
3. Meetings. The Board may provide for holding regular meetings at such times and places as designated by the Board or by the Chair. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Chair or upon the written request of any member or cooperating party to the Chair and must be held at such place as the Board may determine.
4. Notice of Meeting. A notice stating the place, day, and hour of the meeting and, in case of a special meeting, the purposes for which the meeting is called, must be provided not less than three days before the date of that meeting, at the direction of the Chair or member or cooperating party calling the meeting, to each member and cooperating party, unless notice is waived by a communication or by attendance. If mailed, the notice is deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the member and cooperating party at the member's or cooperating party’s address as it appears on the books of the REA, with postage prepaid. Public notice will be provided consistent with North Dakota statutes.


1. Officers. The officers of the REA consist of a Chair and Vice-Chair. The board will biennially designate secretarial responsibilities and a fiscal agent. The officers of the REA must be nominated and elected biennially by the Board from among the members. The term of office consists of the two calendar years following election. The election must be held at a Board meeting after July 1 in the even-number year and before December 31. Each elected officer holds office until that officer's successor has been duly elected and qualified.
2. Removal. Any officer elected by the Board may be removed by a majority vote of the members, after a thirty-day notice to all members of such intended action.
3. Vacancy. A vacancy in any office, because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or other cause, may be filled by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.
4. Powers and Duties. The officers have such powers and shall perform such duties as may, from time to time, be specified in resolutions or other directives of the Board. In the absence of such specifications, each officer has the powers and authority, and may perform and discharge the duties, of officers of the same title serving the same or similar general purposes and objectives as a school board in North Dakota.


1. Authority. The Board may appoint or employ any officer or agent of the REA and authorize any officer or agent to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument, or provide any service or implement any program, in the name of and on behalf of the Roughrider Education Services Program.
2. Financial. All checks, drafts, or orders for the payment of money, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the REA must be signed by such officer or fiscal agent of the REA and in such manner, as from time to time, may be determined by resolution of the Board.
3. Depositories. All funds of the joint REA must be deposited from time to time to the credit of the REA in such banks, trust companies, and other depositories as the fiscal agent may select.


1. Books and Records. The REA must keep correct and complete books and records of account, and minutes of the proceedings of its meetings. These records must be kept at the principal office of the REA. 
2. Member and Cooperating Party Names. The names and addresses of the members and cooperating parties must be made available to the public at the principal office of the Roughrider Education Services Program.

Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the REA is July 1 to June 30.

Amendments to the Bylaws

Amendments. The Board may amend or repeal these bylaws by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members and cooperating parties.