The Cortland Enlarged City School District has a new non-voting board member who hasn't even graduated from high school yet. Alex Shaffer was sworn in this past August and has attended five board meetings so far. The district decided to bring on a high school student to serve on the board to give the board an insight as to how the students are thinking regarding educational topics that affect them. Alex doesn’t get to vote but weighs in on decisions and gives the students’ point of view before votes are made. Alex does not attend executive sessions or hear about personnel matters.
Alex likes being on the board and being the voice of the student body from kindergarten to high school seniors. With plans on becoming a Bio Chemistry Engineering major in college, Alex feels that the position on the board will help future endeavors since teaching might be in the future. Alex feels that serving on the board will strengthen professionalism, writing skills, and creating presentations. Alex has a list of schools to apply to with Yale at the top of the list.
Whatever the future holds for Alex, the Board of Education has benefitted from having a student member to give a voice to the student body. And, the student body has benefitted by having Alex as their representative.