At its July 2001 meeting, the Hamilton County Board of Education voted to add a student member to its ranks. This action demonstrated the Board’s continuing commitment to acknowledging the student voice in each of its policy making decisions.
The Student Member of the Board of Education was appointed after a yearlong process of discussion and planning. The leadership of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) generated the idea in conjunction with the positive student-based reforms of the Carnegie initiative. Their plan was offered as a motion by Board member Marty Puryear, amended by Board Vice-Chairman Joe Conner, and approved without a single negative vote.
The Student Member will change each year with the leadership of the SSAC. The Chairman of the SSAC will be invited to serve, but may designate another member of the Council if he or she sees fit.
The Student Member will officially represent every Hamilton County student on issues that come before the Board of Education. He or she will work closely with the members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council to represent student interests.
Hamilton County high school students with questions, comments, or concerns should contact their representative to the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for assistance. Then, concerns will be directed to the Student Member.
Hamilton County elementary and middle school students with questions, comments, or concerns should contact the Student Member directly, as they are not represented on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, D'Andre Anderson of Central High School, will serve as Chairman of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and as a Student Member of the Board of Education.