Building on the Past

St. Charles High StuCo Drafts New Constitution


Ben Steinhauer

A retrograde mosaic compiled from archives of St. Charles High yearbooks

by Ben Steinhauer, Staff Writer

A desire to affirm their formidable standing in student relations and to detract from becoming a self parody and to take up a gravitas fitting of an administration worth their salt is a desire that binds this current incarnation of St. Charles High School student council. So much so that a new constitution has been drafted to see fit that students may just have a deeper understanding of our representative body at St. Charles High even greater still. The first installation of a reformed constitution in recent memory, the last taking place in 2018, which will attempt to expand the jurisdiction of StuCo into other realms that go beyond the skill sets of just a party planning committee. Although the goal to prove themselves remains, the new constitution was made to address very particular issues that must be shoehorned in for the sake of consistency. One such problem was the quandary of actually following the policies that required conciliatory policies to fix. 

“We needed to make sure that we were following the policies. Once we knew what those policies were, we realized the changes that needed to be made. The policies that we felt were necessary and could be enacted were working for what our building needed,” Skye Reichert,  Student Council sponsor said. 

That being said the legitimacy of rule of Student Council was most likely called into question by their own volition as it is worthy of noting. As a result of this, the need for necessary revanchism and to change what they felt probably hindered their association and the ability to carry out civic engagement with students followed. With the school struggling to carry its own weight with the unparalleled number of concerns arising that have administrators beseeching new alternatives, it may be an impetus on StuCo’s part to resonate more with students than in the past. As being practically synonymous with the constituency of students “themselves”, StuCo board members would surely have a different perspective than administrators thus the initiative starts with them as it turns out. Hence the rebranding for enhanced public perception started with them and it will end with them as this incarnation, reform minded as it is, will see its results realized.

“We’ve mainly just made changes into our structure. We’re having more meetings and getting more people involved. Voting so that we can get more things approved, stuff like that,” Noah Nordmann, executive secretary of StuCo said. 

With this in mind there is newfound responsibility for the committee. To be at the behest of more events emanates from the conviction expressed when they can prove their stalwart. 

“We have tried to do a lot more events than we have in the past,” Georgia Kohr, StuCo member said.

Outside of the events, there is a process that are the basic guidelines for how StuCo will proceed for the remainder of the school year. A process long in the making that began when StuCo advisors for this school would attend workshops and summits to undergo insight to potentially improve upon themselves. The timeline follows three key points to cover and they are the revised form of the constitution, then leading into the promotion of the fully realized incarnation of what student council is, and finally followed by the voting process that will take place in spring. No matter how self-contained this plan may be, it is the condensed form of a sprawling constitution that started with heuristics and the agency of this current incarnation of StuCo.

“I think that when we changed the voting from admissions to getting into student council its very important that we can change things from not only just us but from everyone around to take action,” Nordmann said.