Each year, the Springfield Public Schools’ Board of Education invites interested current high school juniors to apply to become the Student School Board Member. One junior is chosen to serve on the Springfield Public Schools’ Board during their senior year.
Throughout the course of the year, the student is expected to attend two evening board meetings and one Superintendent’s Student Roundtable meeting per month. Board meetings are typically held on the first and third Mondays of the month. The schedule for Roundtable meetings is determined based on the Superintendent’s calendar and the selected Student Board Member’s calendar.
The Student Board Member is given time on each School Board agenda to speak regarding student concerns, curriculum, and activities. He or she is expected to develop and implement a service project over the course of the year. The Student Board Member acts as a liaison between the students and school board, gathering student concerns in a variety of ways, and helping to communicate important information from the school board to the students. The Student Board Member also receives time with the Superintendent to discuss student issues and concerns.
The Student Board Member represents the Springfield Public Schools and is expected to act in a way that honors him/herself, the student body he/she represents, and the Springfield Public Schools as a whole.
Finalists will participate in an interview with the Board of Education, with naming of the selected candidate made in time to provide a shadowing opportunity for the incoming Student Board Member with the current Student Board Member. Interested high school juniors should use the link above to complete an electronic application. A copy of the application that can be used for reference prior to completeing the electronic application is also attached above.
A student must meet the following requirements to apply for the position of Student Board Member:
• Be a high school Senior at a Springfield Public Schools’ high school during the 2017-2018 school year.
• Have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
• Submit completed application.
• Submit a one-page biographical sketch outlining the student’s abilities, goals, and reasons why he/she is the best choice as a Student Board Member based on questions listed on this application.
• Provide two written references from teachers, administrators, or community members.
Applications, including letters of reference, are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017.