Student advisors join school board to give wider perspective

Sean Mullins 
Technology Columnist

Juniors Joe Castleman and Trinity Madison are the first student advisors for the school board. They will attend alternating school board meetings to offer student perspective. “It’s kind of hard for them (the board members) to understand what we’re going through and how we see it,” Madison said. Photos by Elise Keller

Juniors Trinity Madison and Joe Castleman were recently chosen as student advisors to the school board of education.

The school board announced last year that it was looking to get perspective from students when making decisions, since students are heavily impacted by its choices. Sometimes, the board reaches out to a few students, but advisors would help with a wider group.

“It’s kind of hard for board members to understand what we’re going through and how we see it,” Madison said.

To be chosen, students had to write an essay about voice in education and what they want to say, as well as be interviewed by board members.

Madison has been on committees with principal Dr. Jon Clark and superintendent Dr. John Simpson before, so the board reached out to her as a possible candidate.  

Castleman is considering going into education and administration in the future, so he was interested in the position.

“I really care a lot about the system, and I’m just curious to see how it works,” Castleman said.

Madison and Castleman were eventually selected and began training for the position during the summer. However, everyone who applied are still involved. The board started a group for the other applicants that meets twice a month on Friday mornings, in which the students discuss issues and solutions with Simpson.

“There were so many great candidates; it was really a hard choice,” Castleman said.

Every meeting, either Madison or Castleman will answer questions and read material, and the next meeting, they alternate. Both also discuss topics with students to learn everyone’s opinion before a choice is made.

“Going forward, I hope that they’d be more conscious of what the student wants and conscious of the student’s voice,” Madison said. “Not just on the business side of things, but also on the emotional side.”


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