Why the Board of Education Needs More Student Representation

The Board of Education needs more students at meetings.

I can't help but notice how we vote people in to serve on Toms River's Board of Education, we listen what they have to offer, they handle the finances, budgets etc. Yet, it seems there's one group of people's opinions that are missing, the ones that matter most: the Students.

Yes, there are student representatives from the three high schools that serve on the Board of Education, and they are very fine and exceelent students. But it's not enough.

What truly goes on in the schools, weather negative or positive, seems to not be told in these meetings. Mostly because the students who have a problem are not able to speak. I've had my ups and downs in the district...but the Board of Education doesnt know what those ups and downs are. As these Board of Education meetings are public, I believe that students need to be alerted of these meetings as well.

Whether or not the Board of Ed. wants to hear what they have to say, they should listen to what they want to say. The Board of Education is not in every school classroom, they are not in every gym period, they have not seen every incident, or every valuable lesson.

A slang is thrown around here where everything is "for the children," well then if that is true, let the "children" speak. If I was able to, I'd round up every teenager I could and bring them to these meetings. The fact is, the board needs more student representation, 3 students isn't enough, there's aproximatley 4,500 students combined in all three high schools. I think we should give them a voice.

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karla august January 31, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I agree. I also think they should have representatives from the middle schools too. There seems to be a lot of issues that are brought to the attention of the principals in the intermediate schools, but nothing ever gets done and problems are not solved.
Greg February 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I happen to attend the BOE meetings and the only time that you see any of the parents or the students at any of these meetings is when they are being given some kind if award. These meetings have been the third Tuesday of the month for as long as I can remember. There is also a public meeting notice placed in the Asbury Park Press and lately they have been posted right here on the Patch. I personally don't think that we are in need of a representative from the Intermediate or Grade schools. If you as a student cannot get you problem resolved by someone in administration then you should have your parents get involved and then go to the administration and if they have no luck in getting something done then they should go to the Super and his minions and then if "they" get no resolution then they should bring it out at a public meeting. Then if you don't see a resolution there then you need to go to the State. Perhaps if the parents and the students that receive an award (99% of the time it is a sports award) stayed for the whole meeting they would know what is going on with the district. We are read a "fluff" piece from each of the reps and after they are done reading these pieces they themselves leave the meeting. So,the only people who are left at the meeting are the teachers who are there to shake the pom poms for administration and the taxpayers who have no say in how our tax dollars are being spent. please see next post
Greg February 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The taxpayers have been asking for the public to come out and talk about the good bad and the ugly of this district. Don't sit behind your computer come to a meeting and tell the public what is wrong and maybe you will see that there are many people who feel the same way that you do. Also, if there is something that is good come out and tell us too.


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