The Faculty Advisory Committee implements new club policies
The Faculty Advisory Committee approved new club policies for the 2019-2020 school year at an advisory conference in May.
The committee designed these new policies to ensure that future clubs will be committed and long-standing. After teachers noticed that seniors were making clubs without contributing to their development, they pushed for a rule barring seniors from founding a club.
“There were a lot of concerns about ‘empty clubs,’ clubs that [students] started but once the students leave, [they’re] no longer being ran,” principal Ryan Maine said. “We just want to make sure that the intention of starting a club is something that’s going to benefit Walnut High School and not just for college application[s].”
The second rule stated that teachers may only advise one club unless they specifically request to advise two clubs. The purpose of this is to reduce the workload of club advisers. In addition, the third rule states that advisers can implement policies to manage the club.
“As much as most kids think they can run the club by themselves, there needs to be a responsible adult,” Associated Student Body adviser Andy Schultz said. “They need an adult to give them guidance along the way.”
The new club guidelines also explicitly require students to explain the club’s mission clearly and list all events, dates and locations before forming a new club. These new procedures ensure that club presidents are communicating clearly with their adviser about the requirements and activities of the club.
“These new policies are not there to hurt students, but rather, it’s to make teachers consider [their responsibilities] before they agree,” Schultz said.
The Faculty Advisor Committee was established by former principal Brandon Dade as a sounding board for new policies and rules for the school. Representatives of the various academic departments, such as English, Math and Science, can advocate for certain policies and vote on them. Teachers voiced their concerns about how clubs were managed, which led to new club policies.
“We want the intention of a club to be a club and actually meet and follow what [students] put in their [club] constitution,” Maine said. “The intent [of the new policies] is that if you’re going to start something, we want you to follow through with it. We don’t want to be a roadblock to making clubs; we just want to make sure that kids follow through.”
By Raymond Dunn, Opinion editor