Student Government revises constitution

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A PDF of the revised constitution is available here.

Earlier this month, the Student Government Association motioned to vote on a new constitution proposed by senior president Spencer Schaller. This new constitution went into effect after passing a student vote and will play a distinct role in the way SGA operates moving forward.

First and foremost, this new constitution was created to make many SGA practices officialized, and to make their actions more transparent by providing them to pick a charity and make their constitution accessible to the public.

The previous SGA constitution, written in 2010, was relatively unknown to the members, and didn’t necessarily affect how they ran their meetings or events. “Last year, the majority of the student government actually learned that we had a constitution and it laid out all the things that we were allowed to do,” Spencer said. “Since student government hadn’t known about it for a long period of time, a lot of our traditional practices weren’t technically following the constitution.”

One of the primary changes for the constitution was making sure that all members knew what it did, and what it permitted. Following this, SGA quickly added a new amendment to the constitution, changing voting rules for senators across all forms. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the school was asked to vote on whether to pass this new constitution into effect. All four forms accepted, with few votes against.

According to Spencer, while looking through the constitution, small details caught his eye. Many syntax errors and grammatical inconsistencies were found, and the spelling of the school was hyphenated in the constitution, something that has since been changed.

Last year, SGA primarily raised money for Covenant Prep, but the money raised was never given to them. “We made a change that required SGA to pick a charity every year to receive donations,” junior Treasurer Henry Mandell explained. “We wanted to make sure that there would never be an SGA that forgets about the connections KO students have with the outside world or neglects to use the power that SGA brings to help people outside of the KO campus.”

Overall, the process was meant to make SGA’s actions more transparent and legitimized to the community. “Most of the changes were to update the constitution, not to add procedures or rules that would change SGA,” Henry said. “That being said, the changes we made, hopefully, will help future SGA groups run smoothly and act as an advocate for community.”

These changes show that SGA hopes to use their constitution to aid and allow for success this school year. Spencer and other members said they believe that this will show students that SGA will offer much more to the community here on out. “This shows everyone that we have the power to do more things,” Spencer said, “and continue to change what we do.”