Beginning next year, the ASB position of club commissioner will be dissolved in aims to becoming more uniform with other schools’ ASBs. Instead of having a commission solely dedicated to clubs and their communication with ASB, the responsibilities are being reassigned to the vice president position.
“I’ve been planning on [eliminating the club commissioner position] for several years now. Talking with other ASBs and working with other ASB professional learning communities, I see that a lot of the vice presidents do a lot of the club responsibilities. So this year I decided to give the club commissionership to the vice president,” assistant principal Christopher Alvarez said.
Club commissioners were in charge of making sure club and athletic charters were organized, establishing clubs, organizing club fair and food fair, collecting fundraising form and running the presidents meetings. Next year these responsibilities will be added to the position description of the vice president. Junior and 2017-2018 ASB vice president Ramiro Hampson-Medina will be the first VP to take on club commissionership responsibilities.
“I think having someone take care of clubs is actually very important because it keeps us more organized and although they only have certain times of the year where they are very busy they continue to be active. So having someone in charge of that whether it be a commissioner or vice president, I think is pretty vital because there’s a lot of clubs at the schools and it’s tough to manage,” Hampson-Medina said.
Along with wanting to be more uniformed with other schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District, Alvarez wanted to reduce the size of ASB in hopes that it would increase efficiency and organization. Reducing the amount of students in ASB would amount to more responsibility per person, which according to Alvarez would better benefit them as a whole. Some, such as junior and current club commissioner Madelyne Kossman, see alternate ways of reducing numbers while still maintaining the club commission.
“I think that there could have been other commissions that could’ve been condensed and maybe changed club comission to just be one person [instead of two]. But that’s just my opinion based on [knowledge] of other commissions not doing as much as club commissioners. I think getting in is going to be harder and it’s going to take a lot more criteria to meet what Mr. Alvarez and the officers want,” Kossman said.
Last week ASB applicants had their first interview and are awaiting to see if they will be advancing to second interviews. Reductions and restructuring within commissions will result in one less student being accepted. 34 students, down from 35 this year, will comprise the nine commissions that are open for applications, since club commissioner is no longer an option. Despite the loss of the position, ASB is not expecting much disorder.
“It is going to be fairly tough because as of now I know nothing about clubs but I know I have Madelyne Kossman. She was one of the two club commissioners this year and she’s offered to help. She along with the officers and everyone else this year are going to help me out. So I think definitely once I have that support I think I’ll be fine. It’ll be tough at the beginning but as I get into it, it should be good,” Hampson said.
Alvarez has stated that he believes the change will not affect student clubs in any way, but rather is only affecting the vice president by adding more responsibility.
“I think there’s going to be less room to talk to people, which could be a problem with communication in between clubs and the ASB just because there aren’t going to be two people who can be there constantly, one handling emails, and one handling texts like we do now, so that could be a negative effect,” Kossman said.
With more than 40 clubs on campus, maintaining organization amongst the clubs is met through having a position in the ASB to ensure they are meeting the criteria set forth by the district. Although next year the responsibilities will fall solely on the vice president, Hampson expects the support from those in ASB.
“Club commissioner was a very important commission. Everyday there was something new to do and communication was a huge part of it. I think Ramiro will be able to handle the job, but in general, I think clubs was an important part of ASB’s dynamic. I feel like it’s a smart decision in following with other schools as we can get advice from them. Overall, it’s just a positive transition,” Kossman said.