B'ville Board of Education adds student member

Elizabeth Ventura was selected as the first student member to the Baldwinsville Board of Education.

On July 6, Elizabeth Ventura, a senior at Baker High School, was sworn in as the first student member of the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education.

Voters approved the addition of an ex-officio student member to the Board in May 2010. As an ex-officio member, Ventura is a non-voting member, and she will not sit in on any executive sessions of the Board or be privy to any confidential information. However, she will attend every meeting and have a voice at the table.

Her No. 1 priority is to bring student concerns and ideas to the Board as well as to provide the Board with a student perspective on district issues. Her term on the Board of Education will end on June 30, 2011.

In order to be considered for the Board position, interested students were required to submit an application to a committee composed of Principal Joseph DeBarbieri, Assistant Principal Michelle Crisafulli, and several staff members and students. They also had to interview with the committee before school ended for the summer.

Applicants had to be entering their senior year in September 2010. Other criteria included involvement in community and school activities, leadership qualities, and all applicants had to meet the requirements of the district's academic and athletic codes of conduct.

Ventura applied for the Board position because she believes it is important for the district's students to have a voice on the Board.

"It's important for someone to talk to the student body and bring student concerns to the attention of the Board of Education," she said.

She will make herself available to speak with her peers and listen to their ideas. She plans to periodically sit in on student council meetings, as well as to meet with Baker High School's extracurricular clubs and organizations.

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