Student representatives will serve with JPS board

Beginning next school year, seven high schoolers from the Jackson Public School District will serve as the voices of their peers and play an active role in district policy-making. Tuesday night the JPS Board of Trustees voted in favor of a policy to add student representatives beginning next school year. One student from each high school will be elected, according to the policy document. Board members will serve as mentors to the students. Board members and students alike see the new policy as an opportunity to factor in student voice and opinion into board decisions. “They shall also provide a communication link with the student body, and by participation, provide a practical governmental experience for the students elected,” the document states.