Constitution changes allow more students to run for ASB president

The Associated Student Body voted March 8 to amend its constitution on changing the requirements to run for ASB president and adding an official student position for lunchtime activities commissioner.

Previously, to run for a position in the ASB, the student had to have been in the ASB class prior to the year running. With a 12-8 vote, the prerequisite to become ASB president is now more inclusive, only requiring the future president to have held some previous CHS leadership, such as an officer of a club or elected class officer.

During the annual Constitution review in late January, ASB adviser Aubrey Powers proposed possible amendments that should be voted on or considered. Over the course of the following month, the student council met to decide on the different voting options crafted by ASB vice president Coral Barrett and ASB president Teejan Saddy.

“I proposed changing the requirement because I felt that it was too restricting and too limiting,” Powers says. “I also felt that it didn’t reflect the idea of open access as this school does with students in regards to Advanced Placement courses.”

While the ability to run is now available to more of the student body, student council members such Barrett and Saddy convey concern with more open access to running.

“A few years ago there was someone who ran as a joke and won,” Saddy says. “They didn’t fulfill their duties, and as a result, tighter restrictions were put on and the impeachment of an ASB president was added to the Constitution.”

With the more restrictive requirements, fewer students were able to run, particularly seniors who may not have had space in their schedule in previous years to be a part of the leadership, according to Powers.

Other changes made were adding a duty of the vice president, who now serves a liaison to the college and career counselor for the CHS Career Fair. Another addition is the combination of the treasurer and secretary for class officers and abolishment of the social commissioner due to its unnecessity to have separate positions that were not filled, according to Powers.

Lastly, the commissioner of lunchtime activities was already a position; however, it was not yet labeled in the Constitution.

-Joyce Doherty