In August, The Washington Post featured the two Osbourn High School seniors who serve in advisory roles on our Manassas City School Board–Faith Mattock and Iris Alonso. We are one of only a handful of school boards in Northern Virginia that have student representatives.
Here’s an excerpt from the article about my involvement:
“The Manassas program is in its fourth year and was spearheaded by board member Pamela J. Sebesky, who said she wanted to make sure current student opinions were being considered when she and colleagues make decisions.
“Who are the people that we serve? We serve the students,” she said.
Manassas’s student representatives, who must be either juniors or seniors at Osbourn, aren’t paid, and they don’t vote on issues.
They also don’t attend meetings that are closed to the public, and they aren’t given access to confidential information, including student or personnel records.
But the students get to sit on the dais in City Hall with the elected Manassas School Board members, and they can participate in board debates and present prepared comments to the audience.” – The Washington Post, August 28, 2016