The decision to cancel the show is not definite, as the vote was very close. According to math teacher Stephanie Goupil, who sent out the ballots earlier this year, Principal Bill McGowan decided that they would make an attempt to hold the event.
In response to the decision, a Faculty Show Planning Committee composed of teachers has been created to discuss the details in organizing, as well as finding someone to run it. As of Thursday, November 10, four teachers have agreed to be on the committee: Goupil, Kit Rodgers (English), Jonathan Cross (Spanish) and Tony Cyrus (music). The first meeting is scheduled for next week.
This decision has come at a time when teachers are being expected to do more than ever. “It’s a lot of work,” Goupil said. “Organizing it or even just participating – it takes a lot of time.” Many teachers see this as a reflection of the general morale of the school. “People are frustrated. It’s hard to put in a lot of extra time to do things like this when you get nothing back,” said one staff member. “It’s the third year with the same salary and doing extra things outside of school is difficult.”
Students are unsurprisingly upset at the result. “It stinks,” senior Brad Fagan said. “[The Faculty Show] is the best thing that happens all year!” “I enjoyed going to see it,” Amanda Hunt (12) said. “But I understand it’s a lot of work for teachers, especially on top of everything else that’s going on.”