Board of Directors, Student Representatives
Role, Responsibilities, and Time Commitment
The Warden School District Board of Directors values students' insights and aims to amplify their voices in district education and decisions. Recognizing the importance and value of student communication and perspective, the board has established the School Board Student Representative positions outlined in Policy No. 1250 and procedure No. 1250P.
Student representatives will be pivotal in advocating for student voices, participating in board committees and meetings, and enhancing communication between the Board and the student body. Through their advisory roles, they contribute diverse perspectives and facilitate productive engagement for informed decision-making and improved educational outcomes. These members, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, will hold advisory roles, participating in board committees and meetings to provide perspectives, advocate positions, and bridge communication between the board and students.
Responsibilities of the Student Representatives
The student representatives will:
- Adhere to all the rules and regulations pertaining to Board members.
- Attend all regular school board meetings (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 7pm).
- Attend special meetings or study sessions, if requested, but not Executive Sessions.
- Come prepared to all meetings by reviewing the agenda and attachments on BoardDocs prior to the meeting.
- Participate in discussions at regular open meetings of the Board. However, the student representative may not make any motions or vote.
- Provide reports to the Board during the agenda item titled “Student Representative Reports.”
- Report Board deliberations and actions to the Student Body as applicable.
- Current student representatives will help orient new student representatives.
- Participate in Board training sessions, when invited, such as WSSDA conference and legislative assembly. When sessions occur on school days, student representatives will follow the established prearranged absence procedures at the high school.
- Communicate all questions and concerns to the assigned Student Representative Mentor. If the mentor is not available, the Board President will fill the role.
Training, Mentorship, and Compensation
To support student representatives, training will be provided by the WSD Superintendent, Mr. Scott West, and they will be paired with a School Board Director mentor to provide mentorship whenever needed. Mentors should attempt to meet with the student representatives at least 3 times during the student representative’s term. For compensation for the role, student representatives will receive a 0.5 Elective Credit for the year.
Expectations include approximately 6 hours monthly for duties. Board meetings will comprise approximately 4 hours per month, with additional time allocated for reviewing materials, engaging with peers, and meeting support staff and mentors.
Who Can Apply?
Applicants should reflect the district's diversity, possess varied interests and backgrounds, and demonstrate awareness of educational and societal challenges.
Eligibility criteria includes:
Current junior (11th grade) and senior (12th grade) that are active members of the campus at Warden High School. Terms include: June 1st - May 31st
- A minimum of 2.0 GPA with no failing grades in their most recent completed semester. Attendance data will also be considered.
- Attendance of a Student Representative training administered by the board, superintendent, or a board approved trainer.
- Completed application and essay.
- Completed interview by school board.
The application comprises of a completed application on the WSD employment website along with submission of a 500-word essay. For the program's inception, the submission deadline is September 22, 2023, at 5:00pm.
- Phase 1 (by September 22, 5:00pm): Submit a 500-word essay and completed application on the WSD employment website.
- Phase 2 (by September 28, end of business day): Internal screening for eligibility by human resources and Warden High School administration.
- Phase 3 (October 12th): Board of Directors interviews as per School Board Policy No. 1250, leading to final student representative selection.
For inquiries and more information about the position and application process, please contact Superintendent, Mr. Scott West by email or by phone: (509) 349-2366, ext. 1400.