Friday, September 12, 2014

School board approves student rep policy

Three high school seniors selected as reps or liaisons

Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County School board of trustees unanimously approved a new policy Tuesday that allows a nonvoting student representative to sit on the board.
    “It’s almost done,” said Trustee Elizabeth Schwerdtle, who brought the idea of student representative to the board in April.
    The policy provides that the district’s three high schools—Carey School, Silver Creek High School and Wood River High School—each provide one senior or “rising junior” to alternatively serve as student representative to the board or as student board liaison to their respective schools. According to the policy, the student board representative position will be periodically rotated among the three students. The two not currently serving as board representative will serve as student liaisons.
    All three schools have selected their students for the service, though as of Tuesday evening it had not been determined which would first serve as representative to the board.
    Carey School is represented by senior Asia Pettingill, Silver Creek by senior Journey Iverson and Wood River by senior Niki Penrose.
    The policy requires that student representatives and liaisons have a grade point average of at least 3.0. The students are “expected to model the highest standards of behavior.” A conduct violation, including violations of school conduct rules or violation of local, state or national laws, excluding traffic infractions, will lead to automatic forfeiture of the position.
    The policy provides that the student representative is not a member of the board and is not counted toward a quorum of the board. Student representatives will also not participate in executive sessions or be privy to confidential personnel or student information.
    The student representative is allowed to provide information and opinion to the board and to recommend motions that may be acted upon by the board. He or she is encouraged to engage in discussions and questioning of issues that come to the board in open session.

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