Members of the WCHS Student Advisory Committee voiced several concerns during Monday night’s School Board meeting.
They also expressed their appreciation for the cafeteria food and general school cleanliness.
“We have heard many positive comments about WCHS’s breakfast and lunch menu,” said Student Advisory Committee member Evan Womack. “The school’s banana bread is excellent and students race to the breakfast carts. The Student Advisory Committee, on behalf of the student body, would like to send a message of thanks for the cafeteria staff for their excellent work.”
Womack went on to express appreciation for the general cleanliness of the school and extended thanks to the custodial staff.
The Student Advisory Committee was established in 2014 to create a direct line from the student body to the School Board, which sets school policy. Some new bylaws were added over the summer to the rules governing the SAC which the students would like to see changed.
In particular, students don’t like the requirement of a 3.0 GPA to serve on the SAC. They also don’t like a stipulation which requires them to obtain 15 students signatures as part of the application process. And they don’t like having to be elected to the committee by student body vote.
“SAC would become a popularity contest,” said SAC member Samantha Bonilla.
In regard to a requirement of a 3.0 GPA, the committee noted in its report to the School Board, “You do not have to be the best student in order to have good opinions or recommendations. Some of WCHS’s lower academic students could possibly have the best recommendations. This is very limiting and not valid for this organization.”
When asked about running for office to serve on SAC, five of the six members in attendance at Monday’s School Board meeting said they would not have made an effort to be on the Student Advisory Committee if it required getting elected. The students say they prefer the application process and getting appointed for the duration of their high school careers.
The policy changes made over the summer have students getting elected to serve a one-year term. After their year, they would have to run again and get elected to continue serving.
“It takes time for students to feel comfortable expressing their thought and concerns with the advisors, their principals, and in front of the board,” the SAC noted in its report. “Effective communication cannot occur when there is yearly turnover in this committee.”
School Board members seemed agreeable to reverting back to previous rules regarding the Student Advisory Committee. School officials said they would examine the new policy and have changes available for consideration at next month’s meeting set for Monday, Oct. 25 at Dibrell School.