Agenda 11.4.15; Minutes 10.28.15

Post date: Nov 5, 2015 9:47:47 PM

Agenda 11.4.15

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
    3. Freshman Open Campus
    4. Allocation Roll Call Motion
    5. Notes and New Business

Council Minutes 10.28.15

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
      • Moderator: Talk to Mme Doyle if you are willing to write something for the Principal’s Weekly
      • A-Mod: Working on Common Ground Representatives
      • Treasurer: Council Fund has $3,615.26. Donation from Youth Leadership will go to Council Fund. Co-Curricular Fund has $3,604.00. A donation from a non-school party over $1,000 must go through the school fund.
      • Secretary: If you are late or absent, contact me (Lilly) in advance or when you get here
      • DSB: Meeting was last night in the library. Discussed SBAC results. School compares well with the rest of the state and nation. March Intensives were approved. Head coaches were approved.
      • SL: Met this Tuesday with Mr. Jackson and discussed conflicts with Athletics over Break
      • SA: Discussed Winter Carnival Events. Dress up day this Friday (Halloween).
      • Curric: Discussed Homework
      • OEC: Met with Ms. Stevenson to discuss Handbook motion
      • Admin: Had a conversation with Ethan Winter who brought a similar motion in the past
      • Condom Committee: Working on post-implementation
      • COI: Worked on budget
    3. Freshman Open Campus
      • (“I move that eligibility for open campus be changed to include second-semester freshmen.”)
      • Similar opinions from previous week were stated
      • They would be less likely to abuse the privilege than many seniors
      • Because of pushback, we should compromise to 4th quarter instead of 2nd semester
      • The fact that it keeps coming up is telling in itself, we should at least do a trial period because if we never do one, the issue will continue to come up
      • Freshmen don’t necessarily like hanging out in the cafe
      • The cafe and common ground don’t “foster” the bonds like the school thinks they do
      • It’s important to make sure that freshmen can get involved with clubs
      • The discussion this year is very different, it can happen this year
      • Better to have second semester than none at all
      • A lot of the “bonding” for freshmen will happen by the 4th quarter
      • Upperclassmen are bitter because they didn’t have it freshman year
      • It is a privilege. But so is using chairs. What if the freshmen couldn’t use chairs?
      • It wouldn’t make much of a difference if we moved it by one semester
      • Many upperclassmen abuse the privilege when freshmen are less likely to do so
      • Nobody has time to go off-campus anyway
      • Parents are worried about off-campus and don’t imagine “a nice leisurely walk to the coop,” they imagine drugs and sex and driving as fast as you can to McDonald’s
      • There’s not much stopping freshmen from going off-campus now. They can sneak out the back door and go to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts
      • 4th quarter open campus would be a good transition/test period
        • “I move to refer this motion to OEC”
        • Summary of discussion:
        • We are starting to hear the same thing over and over again
        • We could easily discuss this for a few more months
        • OEC can do specific wording (4th quarter, trial period)
        • People have made up their minds already, we should vote now
    • Meeting Adjourns