The Marlboro School District appointed two student representatives to the school board. They are both seniors and will alternate in attending the board meetings that are scheduled on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlborough Town Hall. Each representative compiles a report that they read at the school board meetings and answer questions.
Jimin Beare applied for the position, in part, because of her friendship with current board member Joann Reed.
“She’s been part of the family for so long and I absolutely love her advocacy work, her assertiveness and her enthusiasm that she does for special needs kids,” she said. “I was absolutely inspired by her.”
Beare is unsure if she will study politics in college, “but as a citizen it’s still very important to be more educated about the subject.” She will be voting for the first time in a national election next year.
In order to keep up on what is important to the student body, Beare plans to send bi-monthly google forums, “to the kids emails or doing monthly visitations to the schools and heading out to support them for events, like Power Up Night at the Middle School. I [also] plan on attending parent-teacher conferences and things like that.”
Beare described he view of the role of a student representative.
“I’m here and I’m always willing to discuss anything. I’m enthralled with people’s discussions on what they want to vent to me,” she said.
Students can contact Beare on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all under her name.
Madeleine Brand said she applied for the position, “to represent my class and to make the school a better environment than it already is.”
Brand is glad the board appointed her and Beare.
“I feel we can both help out and make it better,’ she said. “I am looking forward to a good school year.”
Brand expects to be meeting with students in the Middle and Elementary schools to gather information on their concerns, either in person or by a Google classroom poll.
Brand said so far everything has been going very well but trusts she will find issues of concern to the students.
Brand has unexpectedly found the schools administrative issues interesting.
“Usually that’s not what I’m drawn to but I thought it would be a good opportunity and good to put on my resume for college,” she said.