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Three seniors selected to provide input, share decisions with classmates
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: The Franklin County School Board has appointed three students to the board as non-voting members. The student members are, from left, alternate Tyler Flournoy, Alberta Craighead and Rachel Knick.

Monday, September 16, 2013

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Three students from Franklin County High School have been chosen to serve as representatives on the Franklin County School Board.

Alberta Craighead, public relations officer of the Student Council Association (SCA) at FCHS, and Rachel Knick, a career and technical education student, are the new non-voting student members.

Tyler Flournoy, vice president of the SCA, will serve as the alternate representative.

During last month's school board meeting, members unanimously agreed on the idea of student representatives from the high school, but were split on whether to require an extensive application process that would require interested students to gather 50 signatures from fellow students, obtain two teacher recommendations and submit an essay that would be graded on content, clarity and neatness.

"With that application process, it could take several months before the students were chosen and started their new positions," said Sarah Alexander, school board chair. "The board agreed to do away with the open application process, as we felt it would be more important to get the students started right away."

Board members prevailed upon FCHS Principal Debora Decker to consult with some of her staff and choose students they felt would best fill the positions.

The students chosen are all seniors at FCHS and will serve a term of one year.

The student members are charged with sharing the ideas, suggestions and concerns of fellow students with the board, as well as informing their classmates of the decisions made during each board meeting.

Students members serve in a non-voting capacity; however, they are given opportunities to speak during the meetings.

"I think the students are extremely excited to represent their fellow classmates on the board," said Alexander.

The addition of student representatives to school boards is not uncommon. A 2009 poll showed that out of 39 states, 25 (including Virginia) had student representatives on school boards.

California allows their student representatives to vote; however, the student's vote does not affect the final outcome.

 
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