Last Wednesday, Conor Warren was sworn in as the Wallkill Central School District’s Board of Education ex-officio student board member for the 2020-2021 school year.
Superintendent of Schools Kevin Castle is eager to work with Warren.
“Conor, who is this year’s board member, I’ve known since he was in Kindergarten,” he said. “He’s extremely intelligent and he’ll provide us, as all the others have with great insight to assist us in regards to making programmatic decisions for our students.”
Wallkill Senior High School Principal Joseph Salamone recommended Warren for the position. From there, the board voted unanimously to appoint Warren, voting 6-0. The position is always held by a high school senior.
Warren has high hopes for his time as ex-officio student board member. One of his goals is to represent his peers.
“I want my voice to be an extension of the voice of the Wallkill student body,” he said. “I want to amplify the concerns that students have, ask the questions that need to be asked and ensure that education at Wallkill continues to adapt and meet the needs of students even in these strange times.”
Warren also hopes to alert the board of education regarding student perspectives on virtual learning. He plans to evaluate how environmentally sustainable the district is and how they can become more eco-friendly.
Warren is highly involved in and out of the classroom. He has served as his class’ president for the last three years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. As a member of the high school Leo Club, he has done volunteer work and participated in community activities. In addition, Warren volunteered at the Plattekill Public Library where he did clerical work, such as shelving books.
As his high school career comes to a close, Warren is deciding on which university he will attend. He is considering Northeastern University and Princeton University. He is unsure of which major he will pursue.
“I’m thinking in which field could I best contribute to the world and make my impact,” he said. “I’d like to think of something that’s gonna be both fulfilling to me and will allow me to give back.”