Student Advisory Council

Superintendent Student Advisory Council

I asked Seaman High School freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to consider applying for my Superintendent Student Advisory Council (SSAC) so that I could begin to meet monthly with student body representatives. Applicants had few requirements: be open to share their views and perspectives while engaging in meaningful dialogue with others; commit to serving on the SSAC for the remainder of their high school career; and represent the voice of the student body. I was pleased with the interest and thoughtfulness that went into each student’s application.

In September, we held our first meeting as a group and I have been thoroughly impressed with the understanding and big picture views our high school students are bringing to the table. They are passionate about creating the best learning environment possible for all students. I shared my philosophy on change and how the more people it affects, the harder it is. I can remember being in their shoes and wanting to move quickly towards solutions, but now I’m more systematic in my approach in order to ensure results are long-lasting and beneficial. The students really took that concept to heart in understanding their role in the group and the work ahead of us.

ObjectivesPart of the application process included students submitting items they would like to see on the SSAC agenda. Unfortunately, not all applicants were able to be selected for the SSAC, but the group did discuss every topic that was submitted by every student who applied. Some of the items of concern included: suicide rates/suicidal tendencies; equity of support for different programs; student behavior/lack of respect; free menstrual products in the women's bathrooms; and more support for race, diversity, gender, and sexual orientation. Those are some heavy topics to be on the minds of our high school students but I’m confident the SSAC will be able to move through agenda items like these with grace and compassion.

I’m looking forward to continued conversation with the SSAC and also expanding to include middle school students next year. It is important for our students to have a voice and the ability to share and implement ideas with top-level support.

-Brad Willson