THOMASVILLE — Thomasville City Schools could revive a push to get more student involvement and input.

TCS Board of Education vice-chair Kejar Butler brought up the topic at the recent finance and school improvement committees meeting.

“We were getting a lot of feedback from the community that our students’ voices are not heard,” she said. “I would really like to see this school year actually have the council functioning." 

Butler said the school board has discussed the student advisory councils for nearly a year.

“i think everybody was on board with starting a student advisory council,” she said. “Other school districts have something similar to this.”

Former superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert asked to have prospective students at different schools identified, and principals selected students to serve.

“But we never got the ball rolling as far as a plan,” Butler said.

Butler said what is being bandied about now is a council of seven to nine students, pulled from seventh through 12th grades and from MacIntyre Park Middle School, Thomasville High School, Scholars Academy and Thomasville City Performance Center.

“I think it’s a good idea to include the middle school,” said interim Superintendent Lance Heard. “We want to have a good cross section of students.” 

Butler added the idea was to have the student advisory council separate from the schools’ own student government associations.

“We want all students to be represented,” she said. “We want students to feel they are being involved and being considered.”

The goal of the student advisory council is to give the students an opportunity to provide meaningful input to board members and to aid them in their decision making, Butler said.

“Students who serve on the council will be a voice for all students and will help school board members achieve a greater awareness of academic programs and school climate,” she said.

Editor Pat Donahue can be reached at (229) 226-2400 ext. 1806.