11/10/06 * Daily Progress [full story]
The Albemarle County School Board on Thursday discussed having a high-school student sit on the board as a non-voting adviser in an effort to connect more directly to students’ perspectives.
A student representative from Western Albemarle High School presented the board with the pros and cons of having students attend board meetings versus having board members go to student council meetings. She supported having student council members rotate their attendance, stating that a student’s life can be hectic.
Superintendent Pamela Moran said the division is attempting to get students more involved in School Board decisions. “I believe every board member has said that we would like to see a greater level of student engagement in the work of the board and how they impact students,” Moran said.
School Board member Brian Wheeler said the option to have a student give input at each meeting is worth investigating. He said there may be ways the board can accommodate students’ busy schedules.