School council elections were held on Friday and the results will be announced tomorrow. Rumor has it that the-man-in-the-shorts Geoff Shaw has won for president of the student body. While I will save you the pain of reading about my thoughts on school council, I would like to venture a guess at how Geoff will turn out as a president.
His standup comedy speech won the hearts of many but his real agenda is limited. He opted for the cliche of “everyone’s voice will be heard,” which happened to be the platform several other candidates ran on. He will support the 30th anniversary series of speakers with debates (which flopped in ’04 under Christian Tombkins). Geoff will make for well-liked president through funny and amusing All School Meetings but will be pinned with a small undercurrent of dissent claiming Geoff’s inability to make any sweeping changes (admittedly, “sweeping” is relative).
Candidate David Lee will likely attempt some of the items proposed in his speech even without the position of president. His work with eachvote.org will pick up but other initiatives will fall flat including, my favorite, the city-wide high school newspaper (but funds? people? location? comunication?). Logistics and waning interest will keep many of his ideas from reaching their full potential.
Vice presidential positions will stumble out of the gates next year but will retain the status quo.
Adminstration will continue to lay down decisions for ’07’s major reworking. Some inventive changes will take place but a majority of decisions will hurt a school that has no vision for what it wants to be.
Pessimistic? Yes. Probable? Check.