By Tia Lynn Ivey
Two Morgan County Middle School students, Sydney Griffith and McCormick Anderson, were selected to serve on State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board. Only 108 students across the state were selected from both middle school and high school students, with over 800 students applying for the program.
“We are so pleased with the selection of Sydney and McCormick as representatives to State Superintendent Woods’ Student Advisory Council. Both of these fine students are excellent choices who have the ability share ideas from the student’s perspective. State Superintendent Woods will learn a lot from them!” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
According to the Georgia Board of Education press release, the State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 108 Georgia students to serve on his 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.
Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students.
“Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process,” Superintendent Woods said. “To develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we have to hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”
According to the press release, “students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and the ways their own educational experience could be improved. The students selected attend public schools all over the state.”
“It was refreshing and valuable to hear these students’ feedback and ideas,” Superintendent Woods said.
“This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can’t wait to work with them. I’d like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share their thoughts.”
Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held September 12, November 7, February 13, and April 10 for middle school students, and September 13, November 8, February 14, and April 11 for high school students at the Georgia Department of Education’s offices in Atlanta.