Neighborhood residents gathered at the school auditorium for the neighborhood's first community meeting. As sims chatted before the meeting started it was clear that there were a lot of different topics on the residents minds. The room quieted down as teacher, Rich Cormier took the podium.
"On tonight's agenda, I'm going to talk about the future plans for the school system, Shawn D'Sim wanted to tell us about some recent findings he's made about from his studies of New Eden's astronomy and seasons and aging, and we'd like to set up a plan for regular hood meetings and government.
"First we'll start with government. As I was talking to other residents, many of us agreed that we are in need to a hood president to handle general administration, serve as a spokessim for the hood, and preside over future hood meetings. We had two names nominated as potential, qualified candidates, Robin Harris and Winston Crabtree. Robin, Winston, could you please come up here for a minute?
"Robin was suggested because she's employed in the law field and is obviously knowledgable in laws and government. Winston was nominated because he works as an ambassador and already has good relations with other hoods around Sim Nation. We don't have any residents, currently, that are employed directly in politics. Would either nominee like to say something before we vote?"
"I would," Winston spoke up. "I'd like to decline the nomination. I'm already very busy with my work at the embassy as well as running my talent agency. I don't have the time or the interest in becoming hood president as well, not if there's another qualified candidate who is willing to do the job."
"Robin, do you accept the nomination?" Rich asked.
"Yes," Robin answered. "I would be honored to be able to serve the community in this way."
"Ok. All in favor of Robin Harris as hood president, say aye."
"All opposed?" When no one spoke up, Rich continued, "Then it's unanimous. Robin will be our first official hood president and next time we get together I can sit down and she'll take the podium to run the show. Next on the agenda, I'll turn the floor over to Shawn."
"We've also been experimenting with on campus vs. off campus housing. Hopefully our current students will be able to provide us with input that will help us determine which type of housing works best. We're also hoping to design a new building for the Jr/Sr High, since the designs we've experimented with haven't worked very well for our needs so far. Two designs we're looked at, were either difficult to navigate because the main classroom areas were located in the basement or on upper floors and much of the school day was wasted just getting all of the students to where they needed to be. We're hiring James McMillian to evaluate the buildings' designs to either remodel this building or design a new building for us.
"In other news, Jessica Ebadi, one of our Jr/Sr. high teachers who has also been serving as the housemother for our boarding students has decided to step down from the housemother position due to the birth of her brand new twins. We've posted a job notice on the SUN boards and are expecting a new applicant from Third Time Lucky to take on the job for a trial period starting in the fall. In the meantime, Lara Hartman, the mother of one of our students has volunteered to take on the job on a temporary basis.
"Well, that's all I have on the agenda. Are there any other issues anyone would like to discuss before we call it a night? I know it's getting late and it looks like some of you are ready to go."
"I have one," Robin spoke up. "About the summer and winter events . . . we'll need someone to organize them and come up with ideas or a theme. If anyone is interested in volunteering for a committee, get in touch with me. If not, I might be calling you soon."
"Ok, I guess that wraps it up. Our next meeting will be at the end of the winter of 2001 and will be headed by Robin. Be thinking of any topics you'd like to discuss then. Meeting adjourned."