The members of the Wyandanch Union Free School District’s Superintendent’s Student Leadership Council took part in an informative and important monthly meeting where they were introduced to the district’s board of education trustees.
The group of students, who gather virtually each month since the council was formed in January, had the opportunity to hear the board trustees speak about their roles, how long they have served on the school board, and their goals for the school district and the Wyandanch community. Board President Mr. James Crawford spoke to the students about the important work of the board of education and how having a knowledge of the trustees and the work they do impacts the day-to-day life of a school student.
Following the introductions of the board trustees, the virtual meeting went into breakout sessions with Board President Crawford and trustee Jarod Morris joining the Wyandanch Memorial High School council members, trustee Charlie Reed joining the Milton L. Olive Middle School council members and trustees Yvonne Robinson and Shirley Baker meeting with the Martin L. King, Jr. Elementary School members for an in-depth question and answer session ranging in complexity from “What does a board member do?” to “What are some of the majors issues that you face as a board member?”
High school student Carlos Diaz asked Board President Crawford and trustee Morris, “How can students advocate for our schools and ensure we are getting the funds and resources our district needs?,” to which Mr. Crawford replied with an empowering message to the student group, “Use your voice. Come to meetings and share you concerns. Make sure your parents voice their opinions as well. Know who your local, regional and state representatives are and that they know the issues within our school district. Your voice matters.”
Closing the meeting, students, administrators and board trustees each expressed what they found beneficial from this meeting with a unanimous opinion that this meeting was helpful, informative and interactive for all participants.
This press release was produced by Wyandanch Union Free School District. The views expressed here are the author’s own.