Oshkosh school board appoints student representatives

The Oshkosh school board named two high school students as non-voting members of the board Wednesday.

David Mathers, a junior and student government president at West High School, and Emma Schunk, a senior and student government president at North High School, will serve on the board for the remainder of the school year.

The board in July had approved a resolution to name student members on a one-year trial basis. If it succeeds, the board will develop a formal policy for student representatives no later than Aug. 1, 2014.

Under the guidelines of the pilot program, the students will serve a term of no more than one year. They will attend the first board meeting of each month, which serves as a workshop session for the board to discuss items it will vote on in the future. Attendance at the second meeting, which is generally reserved for board votes, will be optional.

The student representatives will also deliver a monthly report to inform the board of activities at their high schools, and they will be expected to participate in board discussions when appropriate.

Outside of the board meetings, the students will be expected to meet and work together to create a stronger partnership between the two high schools, serving as a communication network for the two student bodies.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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