Running the "Business" of the School
“The intent of ASB is to make school relevant for all students,” says Scott Tanner, Assistant Principal of Student Activities at Chula Vista High School. “If a student is more involved, then he or she will feel a stronger connection to school and will ultimately be more successful.” Whether through organizing class competitions or homecoming, ASB is responsible for creating those social moments that make school a place where all students want to be. Through this process, ASB students learn the ins and outs of the operations behind organizing a successful event.
“ASB itself is a million dollar operation,” say Bill McLaughlin who oversees the ASB programs for the Sweetwater District. “Students are responsible for not only the promotion and planning of their own sponsored events, but also for managing all of the funds that are raised on campus.” In running the business of the school, ASB students take on many responsibilities including: maintaining accounts and coordinating all club and athletic fundraising, selling athletic uniforms, tracking athletic eligibility and awards, running the concessions at games, planning events such as homecoming and prom and running the school government. ASB students do all of this while balancing the demands of keeping their grades up and participating in sports and clubs themselves.
To be successful, ASB students have to work hard, lead by example, and enlist the help of other students. McLaughlin says that “ASB commissioners have to reach out to the student body at large asking ‘What would be fun to do, and can you help?’” In addition to organizing people and resources in short period of time, ASB students have to be tuned-in to the needs of students and be able to, as McLaughlin puts it, “create those magical moments that will be remembered” for years to come.