By Kate Martin, District 32
PERRYVILLE – Perryville High School students in the 11th grade (juniors) have the opportunity to apply for the new Student Representative position on the Board of Education at Perry County School District 32.
An information session for interested students and their parents/guardians will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-6:45 pm in the PHS Library. It is suggested that interested students also attend the school board meeting which begins at 7 pm that evening at the Central Office (Old Senior High). Attendance at the information session is not required for students to apply for the Student Representative position, but it is recommended.
The application period is open through Sept. 25, 2023. Applications can be found at https://5il.co/245sw along with eligibility requirements and procedures. Applications are also available in the high school lobby. The application requires the submission of a 400-500 word essay on the importance of including student voices in matters concerning our schools, along with two letters of reference, one of which must be from a PHS teacher or staff member.
Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and narrowed to a list of a maximum of 4 candidates to create the ballot. Each candidate will submit a 30-to-60-second video introducing themselves to the student body, which will be played during Advisory Class on Friday, Oct. 6, and followed immediately by the election. The new Student Representative will become a member of the PHS Student Council and perform duties during that class time. They will be introduced to the Board of Education at the regular board meeting at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023.
This first Student Representative will serve through June 2024, and is required to attend the open session of the monthly Board meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. The Student Representative will be assigned a mentor in the Central Office to assist them in becoming familiar with board policies and processes and the completion of their other duties.
For more information, please contact Communications Director Kate Martin at email@example.com or 547-7500 Ext. 1559.