Dr. Alice M. Davis, administrative director/guidance director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center announced two students attended the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania School Boards Association Student Delegate Program im Hershey October 17-19, 2012.
Emily Swingle, a Culinary student from Montrose High School, and Carley Bennett, a Culinary student from Elk Lake High School, joined Dr. Davis and Mr. Dan McGrath, a Business Education teacher from SCCTC. The two students joined nearly 200 other high school students and teacher-chaperones from Pennsylvania school districts.
The Student Delegate Program is held in conjunction with the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference. It was the first of its kind in the nation to invite student representatives to attend and participate in the statewide conference of public school directors. The purposes of the student program are to:
• Help provide students with a concrete understanding about how public education functions and how school boards operate under the law
• Encourage more dialogue and involvement among students, local boards and administrators
• Provide an opportunity for high school students to learn by looking at the broad problems facing public education
Over the years, the program has grown and evolved to a format that encourages students to discuss hot topics and then to present policy recommendations to the school boards association conference attendees in a simulated school board meeting. Both students and teachers participate in the discussions and as members of the mock school board. The session is one of the most highly rated and attended each year.
The topics discussed by students and teacher-chaperones during the 2012 program were:
• Pay-to-Play (Extracurricular activities)
• Dress Codes, school uniforms
• Technology in School: Bring your own device
• Which programs to cut to balance district budgets
A student advisory committee of teachers and students assists PSBA with the selection of discussion topics and with planning the overall program.
In addition to presenting the simulated board meeting, students also attended the Student Celebration Showcase, the School Leadership Banquet with school directors and administrators from their home school districts and participated in the closing session of the conference.