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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 84
POLICY CODE: JM
TO: Superintendents of Schools and High School Principals
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: March 13, 2007
RE: Expanding Student Leadership
I write to inform you of what I consider to be very exciting
news and to ask for your assistance in moving forward with this significant
project. I am pleased to announce that
The State Board voted last spring to begin the process that would place two students on the Board-one junior and one senior. Each year after the year of implementation for high school student participation, a junior high school student would join the Board for a two-year term. Except for the vote, student members will have full privileges and responsibilities of membership. For example, students will receive the same standard per diem rate for participation as do current members, and they will be expected to review the materials necessary to prepare for our regular meetings.
The grant that we received calls for the engagement of students in identifying candidates and in designing the criteria that will be used to determine who will participate. To that end, we plan to gather students at a conference in late spring to address these issues and to discuss some selected educational public policy issues. What is critical to the success of this gathering is that we have the right students present.
I am asking for your assistance in identifying those students
we should invite to the conference. Please
send us the names of any students who are juniors or sophomores who now serve
on your school committee or school board.
In addition to their names, we would appreciate receiving their
addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address, if possible. Please send this information to the State
Board of Education, Attention: Rhonda
Casey, Burton M. Cross Building,
Unfortunately, our time line is short. Therefore, we would appreciate receiving this information by April 6, 2007. I would also urge you to add the names of students who are not on your local committee or board, but whom you think would be ideal candidates to participate in this program. I hasten to add that we will reimburse for expenses of travel to this conference for students.
I sincerely apologize for creating this additional work, but I hope that you agree with me that this is a good project, worthy of our cooperation to implement it effectively. Thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to hearing from you.
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