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Students Propose School Board Liasons

Hope to improve student, Board of Education communication.

Hopatcong Board of Education President Cliff Lundin said the school board would consider involving Hopatcong High School students more in its decision-making process.

Juniors Cliff Lundin, the president's son, and Richard Lavery, board member Richard Lavery's son, asked the board what kind of information it wanted from students during Monday night's meeting. The student Lavery said he thought the each class should have scholastic, arts and athletic representative.

President Cliff Lundin said the school board he would like the board to meet with student representatives at least once a month. He said the school board had a student representative during the 1970s and 1980s. "The student representative wasn't part of contracts or negotiations," he said. "And it couldn't move to ban homework."

"But we saw it as a good way of getting the student input," he said.

Board member Joan Reilly agreed.

"I thought it worked well until the students' interest waned a little bit because they were not coming to the meetings," she said. "But if they have the enthusiasm and want to elect somebody or rotate it monthly, I think this is something we can look into a little more."

Board member Joanne Passerini said the students might be best served at work sessions, where no formal action is taken.

"I'm looking forward to hearing from you and hearing from the student body," Reilly said.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said Lavery thought there should be a drama, not arts, representative.

Willa Scantlebury May 24, 2011 at 02:09 PM
The Student Councils best represents each class. It's a no brainer to utilize those students and get information to and fro.
Cabcoats May 24, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Agreed but why not have a Scholastic, Arts and Athletic representative. Arts should encompass drama, music, art and possibly dance
Brendan Kuty May 24, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Lavery actually said arts, not drama. I've made the correction. Thank you, Cabcoats.
genesko May 24, 2011 at 05:42 PM
In order for this to be successful, the board MUST take these students seriously. Only when these kids can actually SEE that they CAN affect change, will they put passion behind it. Why did interest fizzle in the past? Probably because they were pat on the head and yes'd. Board: Please don't entertain this, nor waste the kids time UNLESS you have a method for actually being open to their ideas, and implementing the most viable. Otherwise, participation will just go on a few kid's college resumes (likely the ones who need one more bullet point the least) and it will again fade into the mist. Kids!! Get into it, learn how it works and make yourselves heard. Maybe the board should have a liason to the kids as well. ( a non-parent so that it's not too chummy).
Koren Böstrom June 28, 2011 at 09:05 PM
My only concern with this is that those elections are often based on popularity. I think it may be better to have teacher recommendations.

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