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AGENDA - 3/22/17

1. Approval of Minutes

2. Reports 

3. March Conference Update

4. Exec Duties Bylaw Revision

5. Revised Athletics Over Break Motion

6. Community Service Graduation Requirement Motion

7. Notes and New Business



2016-2017 Council Leadership

Henry Lang ('17) - Moderator
henrylang@hanovernorwichschools.org
Connor Stafford ('17) - Assistant Moderator
connorstafford@hanovernorwichschools.org
Mae Butler ('17) - Treasurer
juliabutler@hanovernorwichschools.org
Coyote Farrell ('17) - Secretary
antoniafarrell@hanovernorwichschools.org
Jasper Meyer ('18) - Dresden School Board Representative
jaspermeyer@hanovernorwichschools.org
Nanako Shirai ('17) - Public Relations Person
nanakoshirai@hanovernorwichschools.org

  • Minutes 3.8.17/Agenda 3.22.17

    Agenda 3.22.17

    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

    3. March Conference Update

    4. Exec Duties Bylaw Revision

    5. Revised Athletics Over Break Motion

    6. Community Service Graduation Requirement Motion

    7. Notes and New Business


    Council Minutes 3.8.17

    “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all; in which case, you’ve failed by default.” - J.K. Rowling


    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

      • Exec: The Bylaws are the rules guarding Council and the Handbook is the school policies that Council has the ability to modify. Exec (leadership and committee chairs) set the agenda on Monday, committees meet on Tuesday, and then members of leadership follow up with the Administration.

      • Mod: Welcome to our visitors and members make sure you are speaking loudly.

      • Secretary: Junior alternate can vote

      • Treasurer: Council Fund: $5,753.29 and has decreased since the reimbursement for a gift from last week, Co-Curricular Budget: $5013.03 and an allocation will be coming out of this account today

      • DSB: The district budget passed at Town Meeting.

      • Curric: Worked on analyzing Curriculum survey

      • Admin: Nominated members of the community for the Skip Bean Award and discussed cell phones

      • SAC: Discussed future improvements to Winter Carnival and will be moving on to extra-curricular budgets in the next few weeks

      • SL: Discussed school building and worked on planning field trip to other schools

      • OEC: Worked on handbook edits

      • Service: A schedule change will prevent us from presenting at the staff meeting today so we will be presenting at the meeting after MI

      • Inclusivity: Trying to set up an assessment on Bathrooms from Outright VT

    3. Exec Duties Bylaw Notification

    4. Quiz Bowl Money Allocation

    “I move to allocate $500 to the Quiz Bowl Team to support the team's participation in the National Academic Quiz Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia over Memorial Day weekend.”

      • The money will be coming from a fund meant for clubs

      • They may not use the full extent of this allocation

      • SAC recommends that this motion pass

      • If they win and receive victory money, rather than seeking for reimbursement, we will just allocate less money to them for next year

      • Motion Passes

    • Revised Athletics Over Break Motion

    “I move to add to the handbook Section 7 “Co-Curricular Activities” under “Athletic Specifics” the following wording: ‘All sports teams must have two consecutive days off over the Thanksgiving, February, and April breaks, and three consecutive days off over the Holiday break. The coach will chose the dates and will notify both the players and the Athletic Director before the start of the season.  If for extenuating circumstances, the coach feels they cannot abide by this policy for a particular break, they must appeal to the Athletic Director.’”

      • The AOB wording from last year was vetoed but a similar idea was put into practice through the Administration and Athletics Office and this is attempting to put that current practice into Handbook wording

      • If there are two Sundays in a break and the days don’t have to be consecutive, those two Sundays would cover the requirement

      • Parents are very frustrated on the difficulty to travel for college visits or to see family because of practices

      • “I move to amend the motion to read ‘All sports teams must have two consecutive days off over the Thanksgiving, February, and April breaks, and three consecutive days off over the Holiday break….”

        • The original spirit was to give a break for college visits and travel and this allows it by taking away the loophole of just taking both Sundays off

        • For situations where consecutive is not possible, there can be an appeal made through the outlined process which gives the necessary flexibility

        • One day off does not allow flexibility to do something out of town in many cases

        • This amendment only gives a Saturday Sunday off for the week long breaks and it would be better if the days could not include the Sundays which are already given off

        • Amendment Passes

      • “I move to amend the last clause to read ‘If for extenuating circumstances, the coach feels they cannot abide by this policy for a particular break, they must appeal to the Athletic Director before the beginning of the season.’”

        • Last minute appeals could throw off the schedule of a family and this gives the family more awareness

        • Schedules change mid-season because of weather and games being rescheduled and the appeal process should be used to address things coming up mid-way through the season that cannot be prevented

        • We could add another person the appeal is made to in order to act as a check by focusing more on the schedules rather than just about the sports instead of this

        • Amendment Fails

      • The appeals clause makes it seems that we should include more days. If it doesn’t work for a team the appeals process can fix that but this sets a low bar and doesn’t encourage coaches to have more days off

      • We could make this more aggressive in the number of days

      • If we are discussing adding more days, that is not codifying current policy as was the original intent of the motion

      • Last time this motion was stronger and that had a huge backlash so we want to start small and not push for an aggressive number of days off so this can pass and raise awareness about this issue

      • “I move to amend the final sentence to read: ‘If for extenuating circumstances, the coach feels they cannot abide by this policy for a particular break, they must appeal to the Athletic Director and the Principal.’”

        • “I move to amend the amendment by adding ‘at least two weeks ahead of the recommended change’ to the end”

          • We want a time frame so families have some wording and if this raises controversy we could change it to one week

          • This reduces the purpose of adding the Principal, who hopefully would be aware of how close to the date the proposed change is

          • If a player has already planned to be away and there is a last minute change, the parents should be able to take the player out without problems

    • Meeting Adjourned

    Posted Mar 21, 2017, 5:42 PM by HHS Council
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