Students to join Brewer school panel

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 11:55 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — School committee members on Monday unanimously endorsed adding to the panel two student representatives, a junior and a senior, Superintendent Daniel Lee said Tuesday.

“The board is interested in what they have to say,” he said.

Students who serve on the school committee for two years will qualify for a $1,500 college scholarship.

“I’m meeting with interested students today,” to fill the junior slot, Lee said.

The person selected will fill the senior post next year, he said.

“In May, we’ll go to the sophomore class to get a junior for next year,” Lee said. “There will always be a junior and a senior on the board.”

To fill the post, students must get candidate nomination papers signed by fellow students, and must get two letters of recommendation.

Once voted into office, the student representatives will be issued school board packets, and get to vote, but officially those votes will not count, Lee said.

They also will be required to meet with the principal once a month, but will not attend executive sessions, he said.

“They can have things placed on the agenda, just like any other board member can, and must follow the board’s code of ethics,” Lee said.

During Monday’s meeting, the board was suppose to hold three executive sessions to discuss possible student expulsions, but those were canceled, Lee said.

“One disciplinary hearing was held last night” instead, Lee said. “No action was taken after the executive session.”

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