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Student Board Members Have an Active Voice in their Education
Posted 11/3/20

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has a Student Board Member Program where a student from each of the high schools, and one from Cloud Campus, serve as student board members. Student board members share updates from their school at each NMUSD Board of Education meeting and have preferential voting responsibilities on student-related items.

The seven student board members serve as spokespersons for their school sites and zones. They are responsible for updating the Superintendent, District leadership, Board of Education, and community with information regarding student interests, activities, concerns, and ideas gathered from their general student populations. 

“Students’ input on decisions we make that directly impact their education and experiences at school is extremely valuable to us,” said NMUSD Board Vice President and current Student Board Member Program Liaison Karen Yesley. “Student perspective and observations of programs and decisions enhance our ability as a Board to provide relevant and purposeful student programs,” she said. 

Student Board Members are elected for one-year terms and are committed to:

  • Maintain good standing in their academics, active involvement in their school community, and with their social peers
  • Attend NMUSD Board meetings,which includes review of the agenda
  • Obtain training on the roles and responsibilities of a student board member, the Brown Act, Robert’s Rules of Order, ethics and other applicable board governance and community relations responsibilities
  • Attend the California School Board Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference 

“I want to give back to my school community, and ensure that students have the same great opportunities and experiences that I have had,” said Corona del Mar High School Student Board Member Troy Tsuboata. “I believe we must use our common ground to create long lasting positive change,” he said.

A formal selection process for student board members includes a submission of an application, resume, transcript, letters of recommendation, introductory video submission, and an interview with the NMUSD Board of Education.

Due to a unique school year, student board members have continually shared thoughts and ideas related to school reopening, student mental health supports, and how students are staying engaged, connected, while apart.