SCHS Student Named to Student Advisory Council

A Stephens County High School student is one of only 50 from around the state named to serve on a statewide group.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has named Morgan Akridge as one of 50 students to serve on his 2012-2013 Student Advisory Council.

According to Dr. Barge, this council meets twice throughout the school year to advise him on how state policies are having an impact in the classroom.

In addition, the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors in their respective schools.

Superintendent Barge says that the Student Advisory Council allows him to hear directly from students in schools and discuss major initiatives with them. He adds that the council also gives students the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with him, which he and his department can then use to shape future state policies.

Officials say that more than 750 students from 121 districts applied to be a member of the Student Advisory Council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their answers to essay questions asked as part of the application.

Superintendent Barge says it was very difficult to choose the members of the Student Advisory Council because there were so many great applications. He goes on to say that he is excited about working with this group of students. He also says he is excited about working with the students because he knows they will be prepared to share their ideas to make education work for all students.

The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held on November 28 at the state Department of Education offices in Atlanta.