High school sophomores and juniors who attend Frederick County Public Schools may apply to serve as the 2023-2024 Student Member of the Board of Education. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2022 for the term beginning in July 2023.
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 www.fcps.org/boe/Student-Board-Member-Election. Applicants must complete the entire student packet, including nomination form, letter of recommendation and question response by the application deadline – Friday, November 4, 2022, 4 p.m. All materials must be submitted electronically using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6bAoSGsQupEawM1ZNSB4TGgSylvOHb8ks_Tc97BU_CpC97A/viewform
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 by November 11. Candidate orientation will take place November 17. Candidates will present speeches at the December 8 FCASC General Assembly, and participate in a Candidate Town Hall on Thursday, January 5, 4:30-7 p.m. at the FCPS Central Office Board Room. Candidates will also submit a one-page statement to post online.
Online voting will occur January 5 - January 27 for students in all middle and high schools. Voting will determine whom the school’s SGA representatives support in a February 2 General Assembly. Student enrollment determines a school’s number of representative delegates. The FCASC will submit the name of the candidate with the majority of representative votes cast by school delegates to FCPS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl L. Dyson. The new student member will have the opportunity to job shadow the outgoing member May-June.
For further information, please call FCPS Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Colleen Bernard at 301-644-5256.