Speaker: Greg Introductory remarks – 5 minWelcome to the RSD presentation on Student Representatives on our School BoardIntros – of presenters and other board members.
Speaker: Conrad – 5 minThe timing was right…the board was in a place where we could do this. (Strategic plan, no big issues such as our former senior project complaints, the board was looking forward)Our superintendent had positive experiences with Student Reps in another state.The board gains value from input from our most important stakeholders – the studentsThe student rep role is also a path for communication back to studentsProvides opportunities for student leadership
Speaker: Conrad – 5 minImproves transparency – students ask the darnest questions. Questions about soft drinks, more foreign language, covered stadium vs more seats Tell us what they are hearing from parents, staff and studentsElevates board’s visibility to students/staff and communityHumanizes the boardStudents ask very thoughtful questionsHelps the district and board achieve the mission and vision of the district
Speaker: Greg – policy, procedure, resolutionThe How –the Nuts and Bolts of Policy, Procedure and Recruitment.RSD started 6 years ago in building the role for students.RSD decided to have two student reps: a Senior and a Junior - it was important and more effective to have our student reps comfortable and confident. The Senior mentors the Junior. Review the RSD Student Rep Policy and Procedure. Describe Student rep Responsibilities: (Attend regular meetings, 8:30 p.m. curfew, work studies and roundtables, Student rep automatically becomes a member ASB Advisory Committee. Student Reps are a conduit of information to the board. Student reps have a written report to the board once a month. They are Nonvoting and do not attend executive sessions.
Speaker: GregRiverview is 1 of only approximately 20 districts in the state of Washington to have such a student representation program. 295 school districts in State of Wa
Speaker – Carol and GlynnisSelection and Recruitment process – currently students are recruited after class officers and ASB officers are selected. This is a process we want to improve - better advertising, earlier promotion, more visibility.Students are required to be in proper academic standing and maintain expected standards.
Speaker Carol and CourtneyStudent rep automatically becomes a member ASB Advisory Committee. Student Reps are a conduit of information to the board. Student reps have a written report to the board once a month. Student Report to the Board: The students gather information for their reports from the Asst Principal, ASB, clubs and teams and from the CTE director. They participate in helping with bonds and levies (calling voters), and organizing students. They communicate the “student voice” to our board.
Speaker - GregBenefits to the BoardStudent Voice has provided invaluable input on issues such as:6 period daySoda pop (health policy)Foreign languageTechnologyPublic behavior at board meetings is much improved (civility).Staff is more comfortable with student reps in attendance – they can say ‘Morgan remember when…’Students ask very insightful questions of presenters such as questions on construction, budget and policy.Better public relations- Informal feedback concerning effects of policy on staff and students.Improved interactions with legislators – students are the best advocates for education and funding.Help teach WSSDA advocacy class.
Speaker Courtney and GlynnisBenefits to the Student Rep.Building future leaders – learning about public interactions, aspects of leadership, policy and governance, civil meetings, motivating studentsStudent reps better understand the consequences of board decisionsConfidence, learning to present themselves in professional mannerLearn to communicate with other student groups.Well rounded students – report on the full high school experience. .5 credit for Student Reps (each semester?????)
The Student Voice Benefits of Student Representation on Your Board Presented by Riverview School District Carnation/Duvall, WA
Why Student Representatives on the Board For RSD, the timing was right Our Superintendent had previous experience The Board valued input from the students New opportunity for student leadership Seemed like a good thing to do!
More Reasons … Elevates the Board’s visibility with the students and community Humanizes the Board – no longer the ‘evil’ bureaucrats. Student Representatives know the Board as ‘real’ people Students ask very thoughtful questions Helps the District and Board achieve the mission and vision of the District
The Nuts and Bolts- Policy Policy research Development of our policy (2 reps: a Senior and a Junior) Student Representative Responsibilities Non voting members Oath of Office
The Nuts and Bolts - Recruitment High School students only Cedarcrest High School election of ASB and officers first. Changes we would like to see in recruitment Adding more value at the High School for this role Student maintaining expected academic and social standards Interview by 2 Board members, Superintendent, Student Representative, High School administrator
The Nuts and Bolts- Communications Student Representatives become members of the ASB Advisory Committee Conduit of information to the Board from classes, clubs, sports, ASB and students Students report at each Board meeting during the communications time what they consider newsworthy Formal monthly report on the standing agenda (both students report) Support District on bonds and levies
The Benefit to the Board Student voice has given invaluable input 6 period day, health policy, foreign language, technology Increased civility of public on controversial issues Better interaction/connects with staff during presentations Asking insightful questions Improved public relations Strong advocacy with legislators
The Benefit to the Student Representative Building future leaders Increased confidence in presentations Strengthens communication skills Better understand the consequences of governance .5 credit per semester Courtney Fields, Representative Larry Springer and Josh Siegel
Frequently Asked Questions How many hours of time do student representatives put into boardmanship? How do your students work with legislators? What things are student representatives required to do? How have you improved your process for making the student representative experience a good one? Who supervises students at conferences? What have you learned from student reps?
Need More Info – Please Contact Us SchoolBoard@riverview.wednet.edu Dan Pflugrath, Carol Van Noy, Greg Bawden, Lori Oviatt, Danny Edwards
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