Mayor Purzycki Shares Governor’s Call for Students Interested in Serving on the State Board of Education to Step Forward

Wilmington’s Mayor Mike Purzycki voiced his support for Governor John Carney’s recent call to Delaware students, inviting them to apply for a position on the State Board of Education. Highlighting the significance of student participation, Mayor Purzycki urged local juniors and seniors to seize this unique opportunity. “The voice of youth is a very important component of the State’s influential education governing panel,” said Mayor Purzycki. “I would urge Wilmington students who are entering their 11th and 12th grade of study to consider this opportunity and submit their credentials by using the link in the Governor’s news release below.”

Governor Carney has declared the opening of the application period for the non-voting student representative seat on the State Board, available to students entering their 11th or 12th grade year. Applications must be submitted by May 6, 2024, and can be accessed through the State Board of Education’s website. This initiative continues the Governor’s commitment to include student perspectives in educational decision-making, a practice that began with the appointment of the first-ever student representative in 2019.

“When we make big decisions that impact schools in our state, it’s important Delaware students have a seat at the table,” said Governor Carney. “I have been pleased to hear positive experiences from the Board and the young members year after year.” He encouraged eligible students to apply, noting the enriching experiences reported by previous young board members.

The selected student will join the Board for the 2024-2025 academic year, contributing to discussions and providing insights from a student’s perspective. Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating a commitment to enhancing education quality in Delaware, as noted by Shawn Brittingham, President of the State Board of Education. “Providing an informed youth voice is important to the Board’s work in representing the students’ voice in Delaware,” said Shawn Brittingham, President of the State Board of Education. “We have learned much from our previous five student Board Members and value the insight that students bring to conversations regarding policies and programs impacting all students across our state.”

This opportunity stems from the passage of House Bill 455 in 2018, which was sponsored by Representative Stephanie T. Bolden and Senator Jack Walsh. The bill paved the way for the inclusion of a student and a former State Teacher of the Year on the Board. Board meetings, which are open to the public, are held monthly on the third Thursday evening and rotate across the state’s three counties.

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