Student Representative to School Board Holds Town Hall

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Kate Arnold, the first ever student representative to the PWCS School Board, hosted her first town hall meeting recently to hear student voices on a variety of issues.

“Though our attendance was a bit on the smaller side, we ended up having a much more intimate conversation in the form of a round table discussion,” she said. “As well as having an honest conversation with students about happenings in and around their school, I gained a great amount of insight from the conversation, and I look forward to talking with many more students in the future.”

The town hall, which was held at Battlefield High School, included student discussions on the PWCS proposed budget for 2018-19, the timeline for school renovations, technology in schools, and administration and staff. Alyson Satterwhite, School Board member, Gainesville District, and Ryan Ferrara, principal of Battlefield High School, also attended and listened to concerns.

“The most personally impactful conversation we had was that of mental health in public schools,” Arnold said. “This county is home to high-achieving students, and as we push them to achieve more than ever before, we must also offer them support for any issues intrinsic or extrinsic stress may cause.”

Arnold said, as the student representative on the school board, she would like to focus on expanding mental health programs.

More student hall town meetings have been scheduled for the future:

  • Potomac District town hall meeting – 6:00 p. m., March 1, at Forest Park High School
  • Coles District town hall meeting – 6:30 p. m., March 15, at Hylton High School
  • Brentsville District town hall meeting – 6:00 p. m., March 22, at Brentsville District High School

Additional student town hall meetings are being planned. Details will be shared once confirmed.

Students wishing to speak will be asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers will have three minutes to speak.

Arnold is a senior at Hylton High School and is a non-voting member as the student representative to the School Board. She shares ideas, suggestions, and concerns solicited from students with the School Board.


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