Agenda 1/27/16; Minutes 1/20/16

Post date: Jan 26, 2016 4:11:24 PM

Agenda 1.27.16

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
    3. Underclassmen Awards Motion
    4. Breathalyzer Discussion
    5. Gender Motion Discussion
    6. Notes & New Business

Council Minutes 1.20.16

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” ~Robert H. Schuller

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
      • Mod: Really hoping to bring Athletics over Break to a close.
      • Treasurer: $3,616.26; Co-Curricular Fund: $3,604.00
      • Secretary: Sophomore Alternate can vote
      • DSB: Meeting discussed a donation to support a pep band, air conditioning on the 3rd floor
      • PR: The motions page is on the Council Bulletin Board
      • Admin: Finalized details for MLK assembly
      • OEC: Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 10th. Nomination Forms will be available on Monday, April 18th.
      • SL: Met with Marion Umpleby discussed motion addressing awards ceremony
      • SA: Going to send out Winter Carnival sign-ups during common ground this week.
    3. Late Start Motion
      • Brought back by Admin with a recommendation to fail
      • Start time shifts to 8:30 or 9.
      • Cons: Cost, Interrupting Ford Sayre, Dartmouth Classes and extracurriculars
      • Would need to shift end time for school to meet state regulations
      • Motion Fails
        • Abstentions: Want to hear more options for scheduling
    • Athletics Over Break
      • “I move that the school adopt a policy to limit athletic practices and games (optional and non-optional) during school vacations. School sports will allow for two consecutive days of no scheduled practices or games during Thanksgiving and February break, and three consecutive days during Holiday and April break.”
        • I move to amend the amendment to read: “I move to amend the motion to read ‘I move that the school adopt a policy to limit athletic practices and games during school vacations. School sports will allow for at least two consecutive days of optional practices or games during Thanksgiving and February break, and at least three consecutive days during Holiday and April break. Coaches would communicate with athletes, parents and the Athletic Director in writing at the start of the season which of those days are optional. Coaches are encouraged not to hold practices during these optional days.’”
        • Amendment Passes
      • Motion as stood after previous amendment: “I move that the school adopt a policy to limit athletic practices and games during school vacations. School sports will allow for at least two consecutive days of optional practices or games during Thanksgiving and February break, and at least three consecutive days during Holiday and April break. Coaches would communicate with athletes, parents and the Athletic Director in writing at the start of the season which of those days are optional. Coaches are encouraged not to hold practices during these optional days.”
      • Motion Passes
    1. Money Allocation Motion
      • “I move that money allocations under $300 be voted on without roll call procedure.”
      • Saves time; people don’t need to know exactly who voted for what on small $ allocations
      • Motion Passes
    1. Notes and New Business: Discussion about Exams before Break
      • Block scheduling possibility or starting school two weeks early (ending two weeks late)
      • Do the pros outweigh the cons?
      • Potentially having the week before exams be only review, no new material
      • December/Holiday season is already busy enough, exams would add a lot of stress
      • Having exams right after break means you forget what you learned
      • Break isn’t really a break when you stress about exams happening right after
      • Seniors are working on college applications and hearing back from their early decision schools.
      • Survey Results
    1. Meeting Adjourns