Board Invites Student Representatives

Students Will Take a Seat
Posted on 10/23/2018
Image of Student Representatives Aaron Brown, Brooke Jordan and Lourdes MotesAt the October 22, 2018, Akron School Board meeting, board members heard about an initiative that will soon give students a place at the table with the seven-person board.

At the beginning of the year, some APS seniors began meeting with board President Patrick Bravo to put the plan in motion to form a student group that will be present at board and committee meetings. Board members Morgan Lasher and Lisa Mansfield have also been meeting with seniors to work on the idea that would allow students to voice their opinions at the meetings. They will not have a voting role, however.

Several of the seniors who have been in the planning process — STEM High School seniors Aaron Brown and Brooke Jordan and Firestone High School senior Lourdes Motes — addressed the board Monday night.

The trio of seniors has been heavily involved with the planning and has proposed having principals at each high school select three student applicants to serve: one as the main representative and two alternates.

Brown, Jordan and Motes suggested creating a panel of students that is inclusive, accepting students who are "problem solvers" and "decision makers" rather than just selecting "straight-A students."

Aaron Brown told the board, “As Akron has generational change ... this has to be the next step. Akron Public Schools has to be number one in everything it does including student engagement.”

Board members were highly complimentary of the students and their plan for which they hope to have a committee in place by January so the second half of the school year can be a pilot for the program.

Image of Student Representatives Aaron Brown, Brooke Jordan and Lourdes Motes
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