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Pottstown High School students to be chosen to join school board, Mercury 8-23-13

By Evan Brandt


POTTSTOWN — Students at Pottstown High School do not have to chant “No education without representation” in order to give themselves a voice on the Pottstown School Board.


Monday night the school board unanimously approved a proposal to add two high school students to the board as non-voting members.


“We recommend that one current junior-year student and one senior-year student join the board, with an alternate from each class asked to serve for those selected students if they cannot attend a particular meeting,” read the policy adopted Monday by the board.


The idea has been kicked around for months by the board’s community relations committee and the final proposal contains a number of guidelines.

For example, the students chosen must have good enough grades that they are eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities; there can be no outstanding discipline issues and the students will not be allowed to vote, although they may be allowed to join committees.


The student board members “will be expected to relay discussions” at committee of the whole and workshop school board meetings to fellow students via morning/video homeroom announcements.


Juniors and seniors who are interested must submit a letter of interest, explaining their reasons for wanting to be on the board, and two letters of recommendation, one from a community or work mentor or supervisor and one from a high school teacher or counselor.


The board hopes to select six candidates from among the applicants for follow-up interviews.


Announcements will be made in the high school from Sept. 9 to Sept. 17 about accepting applications from Sept. 16 to Sept. 27.


On Oct. 16, the plan calls for interviews to be scheduled, through Oct. 21 and a decision being made by Nov. 8.


The announcements about those chosen will be made the week of Nov. 11, according to the plan, and the students would be seated during the board’s re-organizational meeting in December.


Those students who are chosen and participate would be provided with a letter of recommendation for college.

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