District considering student rep to Board of Education

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Photo by Erin Achenbach

Lindbergh Schools Superintendent Tony Lake at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lindbergh High School in 2020.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The Lindbergh Board of Education may pursue the addition of a student representative after reviewing a possible plan at the May 19 board meeting.

Chief Human Resources Officer Brian McKinney presented the preliminary plan to the board after his department researched other districts with student representatives. 

The tentative plan is to appoint one senior to the board, with a junior appointed as a representative-elect to serve after the senior graduates. Students will complete an application process and be chosen by a committee consisting of Superintendent Tony Lake and members of the board.

To be eligible students must be a junior or senior, attend all workshops and meetings, serve on a board advisory committee, complete the application process and essay and have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or administrator. 

“(Attending all the meetings) is a big commitment, as we all know sitting around this dais is a big commitment and students are busy. Our juniors and seniors do a lot of stuff,” McKinney said. 

McKinney said he spoke to student representatives at Clayton and the students are excited to potentially meet Lindbergh representatives. 

If the board approves a plan over the summer, the students could be chosen by September — the timing would allow enough communication time for students in school.

The students would actively participate in board meetings, represent the student body at those meetings, engage with the board and administrators regularly and would be able to add items to the agenda when needed.

The neighboring Mehlville School District has two high school student representatives to its board.