For the last two years, the seven-member Niskayuna Board of Education has been joined at the table by student representatives who add student voices to the deliberations of the Board and provide updates on activities and issues of importance to the student body.
Students and Board members worked in partnership to create these non-voting positions, and the Board voted to establish them in the spring of 2015.
A Student Representative Report is a standing item on Board meeting agendas, and representatives share their views at other points throughout the meetings.
In the model that the Niskayuna Board of Education uses, there are student representatives for both the junior and the senior class. New junior representation is added at the beginning of each year. This way, there will always be a student representative with experience who can help newly appointed juniors as they begin in the role.
This "Niskayuna Model of Student Representation" was featured in a panel presentation of students who have been involved in the process at the fall 2016 conference of the New York State School Boards Association. The video below was prepared for the conference.
In the video, students talk about the importance of the role and how their involvement has been a valuable experience for them.
Applications are currently being accepted for current 10th graders who are interested in serving in the student representative role for their junior and senior years.
Students who are interested in this opportunity are should complete this applicaton [PDF] by Friday, May 26. Applications and more information can also be obtained by seeing Principal Rickert in the Main Office.