High school sophomores and juniors who attend Frederick County Public Schools may apply to serve as the 2019-20 Student Member of the Board of Education. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 for the term beginning in July 2019.
The role of the student member is to bring a student viewpoint on educational issues to BOE meetings, generally held two evenings per month. 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.
Interested sophomores and juniors should contact their student government advisor for a nomination packet or visit http://www.fcps.org/boe/Student-Board-Member-Election. Student government advisors and principals may also nominate a student. Applicants must complete the entire student packet, including nomination form, letter of recommendation and response to four questions in paragraphs of no more than 250 words per question (not bulleted lists) by the nomination deadline, submitting materials to FCPS Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Colleen Bernard, 191 S. East Street, Frederick, MD 21701.
First, a selection panel including the Frederick County Association of Student Councils (FCASC) Board and Student Government Association (SGA) advisors will review applications and narrow the field to five candidates on November 9. Candidate orientation will take place November 12. Candidates will present speeches at the December 11 Frederick County Association of Student Councils General Assembly. Next, at a January 10 meeting, each candidate will answer questions in a Town Hall format, 5-6:30 p.m. at the FCPS Central Office Board Room. They will also submit a one-page platform statement to post online. Then on January 17, nominees will participate in a Candidate Forum, answering moderator questions from 5-6:30 p.m., also at the FCPS Central Office Board Room.
This is the eighth year that the selection process will include online student voting. Online voting will occur January 17-31 for students in all middle and high schools. Voting will determine whom the school’s SGA representatives support in a February 14 General Assembly. Student enrollment determines a school’s number of representative delegates.
Finally, the FCASC will submit the name of the candidate with the majority of representative votes cast by school delegates to the FCPS Superintendent. The new student member will have the opportunity to job shadow the outgoing member May-June.
For further information, please call 301-644-5256.