FIS board supports adding non-voting student member to Frankfort's SBDM council

Frankfort High sophomore Audrey Gilbert thinks students need to be heard when decisions are made affecting schools, and on Monday she made her third presentation about adding a non-voting student member to the FHS Site-Based Decision Making Council.

"This whole process is kind of a lengthy process and we are in our final stages here, but the entire point of adding a student member to the site-based council is just to allow a space for students to voice their opinions on a school decision-making body,” Gilbert told the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education at its meeting Monday.

The board voted unanimously to add a non-voting student member to the FHS SBDM council.

That’s just one of several steps that have to be taken to add the member.

Gilbert began working on the proposal in June as part of a national YMCA Changemakers initiative.

She made contact with people at the Kentucky Department of Education, who advised her. She approached FHS Principal Tyler Reed in August, followed by making presentations to the school’s site-based council and the FHS staff, which had to give a two-thirds majority vote for the proposal before it went to the FIS Board of Education.

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