Walkersville High School junior William Anderson will be a senior by the time he begins his term as the next student member to the Board of Education of Frederick County, July 1. Until then he will shadow the Board’s current student member Carter Gipson.
Frederick County middle and high school students participated in an online voting process to elect the 2017-2018 student Board member. This was the sixth year the student member was elected by online voting. William, who goes by Will, received the most votes, running against four other candidates.
In addition to an application that the Frederick County Association of Student Councils (FCASC) Executive Board and SGA advisors reviewed, each candidate answered questions in a Town Hall format that FCPS televised and posted online. Each also submitted a one-page online platform statement. Then nominees participated in a Candidate Forum, answering moderator questions; FCPS also televised this event and posted it to YouTube.
Middle and high school students participated in online voting from February 10-March 10 to determine which candidate the schools’ Student Government Association (SGA) representatives would support in an April 27 General Assembly. Student enrollment determines a school’s number of representative delegates. When Will won the FCASC General Assembly election, the Assembly submitted his name for approval to the Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent to serve a year-long term, beginning in July 2017.
The role of the student member of the Board (SMOB) is to bring a student viewpoint on educational issues to BOE meetings. The function is not to represent any particular special-interest group of students on an issue, but rather to respect the diversity of students’ points of view, to improve communication between the student body, staff and BOE members and to inform students of policies and decisions executed by the BOE.
In his platform, Will wrote, “We all know there is work to be done to change FCPS….students want smaller classes, more freedom in their scheduling, less testing, a smarter budget, and of course, better WiFi. Those are all part of my platform, and believe me, we can find solutions to all of them….We know what problems to address, the question is whether the students speak up together to do so. I will need to hear from students to do my job.”
For additional information about the Student Member of the Board role and election process, please contact FCPS Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Colleen Bernard, 301-644-5265 or send an email. To see Will’s photo, full platform and additional information, please visit: www.fcps.org/boe/smob-nominees.