Minutes 4.26.17/Agenda 5.3.17

Post date: May 2, 2017 2:05:02 PM

Agenda 5.3.17

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
    3. Community Service Graduation Requirement Motion
    4. Notes and New Business

Council Minutes 4.26.17

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.” -Randy Pausch

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
      • Mod: Please sign up to help with staff appreciation
      • Treasurer: Co-curricular: $5,013.03, Council Fund: $5,753.29
      • Secretary: Sophomore and Staff alternates can vote. Abstentions count for the majority are are not supposed to be used if you have been unable to make up your mind
      • DSB: Met to discuss March Intensive and successes this year as well as possible improvements and cost. The sentiment from the board on the community service requirement was positive and concerns were about the logistics
      • OEC: Continued to work on Council elections, please turn in your forms as soon as possible. The remaining areas of the Handbook that have been identified for edits are going to be compiled into a list that the Administration can look at over the summer
      • SAC: Budgets from clubs are due tomorrow
      • Service: We had an open forum that had participation and was hopefully productive
    3. Community Service Graduation Requirement Motion
      • To make it accessible when implemented we should start service groups to make it easier and include a curricular component
      • Based on concerns about ten hours a compromise might be to allow people to log up to twenty hours in a year towards a forty hour total
      • We should have a cultural shift so we don’t devalue service
      • Students will receive long term value from a service requirement that will outweigh initial discomfort
      • It’s easy to say we want a culture shift but that doesn’t just happen and Council has discussed two other motions that sought to initiate a culture shift and could not find a way to do and the requirement seems to be the best option to expose people to service
      • Devoting a day to service would show we value it as a school and it would provide education related to service and common ground could be a great forum for doing that and it would be close to the same service while bonding with classmates
      • Everyone has an obligation to give back to the community and this motion echoes that
      • We need to make community service a school value and after implementation we will be able to work towards a cultural shift but this is just the first step
      • Service can be such a diverse and individual experience and it is important to figure out what you can do for the community so it should be an individual requirement
      • We should emphasize that it can come from what you want to do and YIA sponsored activities can come after
      • There needs to be support for students, especially those who don’t drive, who have parents that work
      • You don’t have to travel for community service, you can just being help out your neighbors
      • Some students live in very isolated locations or work more than a high schooler should and they don’t have the ability to complete this requirement without support from the school
      • As a school we have become more entitled and lost some of our respect
      • We can never have a perfect motion but we can work though flaws that come up and revise policy
      • Everyone has some time they use every week that could be dedicated to service
    4. Meeting Adjourns