By Mark Reynolds
Each year the Highland School Board chooses a new student representative who will offer them a student perspective of what is happening in the three school buildings. This year, the board tapped senior Panagiotis Taki Bakatsias for the position and last week he was sworn in by District Clerk Lisa M. Cerniglia.
Taki is the son of School Board member Mike Bakatsias.
High School Principal Kevin Murphy described the process of selecting the Student Representative. He said toward the end of the 2021-22 school year they began discussing candidates for the position.
“The responsibilities of the student representative include reporting out to the board and to the community on the things going on in the three different schools throughout the district,” he said. “Taki stepped up to the challenge and told us he was interested, and we’re lucky to have him.”
District Clerk Lisa M. Cerniglia swore in Bakatsias, having him repeat, “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York and I will faithfully discharge the duties of my position as Student Representative for the Highland Central School District according to the best of my abilities.”
Taki gave his first report to the board, highlighting the smooth opening of the 2022-23 school year at each of the three campuses.
“It’s great to see everything return to normalcy after the last few years,” he said.