12-13 Roncalli Officer Selection Proposal

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Roncalli Student Council: 

Officer Selection Proposal for 2012-2013 School Year Roncalli Student Council

Why make a change?: 

Why make a change? Current process requires time and effort that exceeds voting performance Current process sometimes discourages students from running for officer Current process limits potential for the best four candidates to serve as officers

1. Current process requires time and effort that exceeds voting performance : 

1. Current process requires time and effort that exceeds voting performance Hoping that more informed voters would increase voter turnout, Stu Co has increased access to candidate information over the past 4 years through: Candidate flyer stations located throughout the building Candidate promo videos shown during Channel One as well as Stu Co’s YouTube channel These steps require a great amount of time and effort from both candidates and Stu Co And yet, voter turnout has decreased: Last year, less than 20% of eligible students voted Currently, an average of only 30 votes is typically needed to win an election

2. Current process sometimes discourages students from running for officer: 

2. Current process sometimes discourages students from running for officer For some, winning an election process, due to the perception that it is merely a “popularity contest,” is seen as an impossibility. While the low voter turnout proves this perception false, it still have prevented qualified candidates from even running for office. In the past 3 years, nearly half of the offices have been uncontested.

3. Current process limits potential for the best four candidates to serve as officers: 

3. Current process limits potential for the best four candidates to serve as officers Currently, students must choose one office for which to run. In some cases two excellent candidates run for the same office; meanwhile, another office remains empty because no one runs for it. This results in a willing and qualified candidate unable to serve as an officer.

The Proposed Changes: 

The Proposed Changes Replace election via student voting with selection process via interview committee. Allow entire student body to voice their support for a specific candidate. Allow candidates to submit letters of recommendation that speak to their leadership experience. Allow candidates to run for more than one office.

1. Replace election via student voting with selection process via interview committee.: 

1. Replace election via student voting with selection process via interview committee. Rather than creating a promo video, candidates will be interviewed by a three-person panel, including: Mr. Costello or Mrs. Hartford One class moderator One outgoing student council officer The 5-minute interview will be based on the candidate’s application, as an opportunity to ask follow-up questions related to the candidate’s leadership experience and ideas for Stu Co events.

2. Allow entire student body to voice their support for a specific candidate.: 

2. Allow entire student body to voice their support for a specific candidate. All students will be informed of the students running for each office, and will have the opportunity to fill out an informal voice of support: This will be made available for a week before candidate interviews. They will be considered by the interview committee during the selection process.

3. Allow candidates to submit letters of recommendation that speak to their leadership experience.: 

3. Allow candidates to submit letters of recommendation that speak to their leadership experience. Candidates will choose three people to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf, which speak to their leadership experience and abilities. Two from adults (coaches, teachers, bosses, etc.) One from a peer (classmate, teammate, etc.) They will be considered by the interview committee during the selection process.

4. Allow candidates to run for more than one office.: 

4. Allow candidates to run for more than one office. If a candidate is open to serving in more than one office, they may run for multiple offices simultaneously. For example, a student may be open to serving as either co-president of spirit or co-president of service. The interview committee would then be able to potentially move the candidate to an office that remains empty or better suited to the candidate’s skills.

Officer Selection Criteria: 

Officer Selection Criteria The interview committee will consider the candidate’s: Basic qualifications (GPA, disciplinary record, etc.) Leadership experience (academic, extracurricular, athletic, outside of RHS, etc.) Ideas for current/future Stu Co events Voices of support from student body Formal recommendations submitted in support of candidate As student council moderator, Mr. Costello will select candidates for each office, considering the input of the interview committee, the candidate’s application, and all formal and informal recommendations.

Anticipated Benefits of New Process: 

Anticipated Benefits of New Process More efficient selection process. More qualified students running for office. More effective student body input in selection of officers.

Questions? Concerns? Ideas?: 

Questions? Concerns? Ideas? There will be a meeting, open to all students, to ask questions, voice concerns, and offer ideas on the proposed changes. If no major objections, the new process will begin with this year’s freshmen officer selections in the fall. Monday, September 10 th @ 7:00am in 002 OR Monday, September 10 th @ 3:10pm in 002