The Rome City School District mailing to voters proposes a ballot proposition: “Yes or No on the creation of a student Board of Education member.”
The District mailing offered no justification for the position.
It really couldn’t.
There is no point to have a student on board, especially since the student member could not attend executive sessions and since students already can speak at public sessions.
The misguided premise is that all students speak with a single voice. Over the years at public school board meetings, students have expressed a variety of different opinions.
The exact wording of the proposition is: “Should a high school senior student be designated to serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Education, and thereby be entitled to sit with board members at all its public meetings, and participate therein, but without the authority to vote on matters before the board or to attend executive sessions?”
It’s unreasonable to propose voters allow one special student, through some unknown and changeable guidelines, will get unlimited time to voice a personal opinion as they sit next to board members while others—whose opinions may differ—are limited to five minutes before a microphone in front of that same table.
When you receive your mail-in ballot, support the budget, because classes would be hamstrung under the alternative, and vote ‘No’ on Proposition #3–Student Board of Education Member.
Because of COVID-19, all ballots will be mailed to voters and the District Clerk must receive votes by 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020.