Beginning next school year a high school senior will have input during meetings of the Letcher County Board of Education.
At its December meeting on Dec. 21 the board approved a first reading to include a student representative to serve on the board.
“I think it is important to let students feel that their voice matters and that they are a part of decisions that affect them,” said Anna Craft, superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools.
The student representative must be a junior class officer or a junior council member of the Letcher County Central High School Student Government Association at the time of the election. The selected individual is required to attend two board meetings before being able to actively participate in board meetings.
The student representative is expected to attend every board meeting during his or her term which will begin during the summer between school years.
“The student will not participate in voting but will be available for input,” said Craft. “They won’t sit in on executive sessions.”
Craft said the student representative will bring ideas from the school council and will seek information.
“They will be able to survey students,” said Craft. “They will tell us what will work and what won’t.”
Craft said she can’t think of anyone better to ask questions about decisions that will affect students than students themselves.