2nd Year for Online Voting.
Frederick County middle and high school students participated in an online voting process to elect the 2013-2014 student member of the Board of Education of Frederick County. Frederick High School junior Lillian (Lily) Wherry received the most votes, running against four other candidates.
Voting determined which candidate the schools’ Student Government Association (SGA) representatives will support in an April 16 General Assembly. Student enrollment determines a school’s number of representative delegates.
If Lily wins the Frederick County Association of Student Councils (FCASC) General Assembly election, the Assembly will submit her name for approval to the Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent to serve a year-long term, beginning in July 2013.
In addition to a selection panel that included a review of applications by the FCASC Executive Board and SGA advisors, each candidate answered questions in a Town Hall format that FCPS televised and posted online. Each also submitted a one-page online platform statement. Then nominees participated in a Candidate Forum, answering moderator questions; FCPS also televised this event and posted it to YouTube. Online voting took place March 8-15 for students in all public middle and high schools.
The role of the student member is to bring a student viewpoint on educational issues to BOE meetings. The function is not to represent any particular special-interest group of students on an issue, but rather to respect the diversity of students’ points of view, to improve communication between the student body, staff and BOE members and to inform students of policies and decisions executed by the BOE.
To read more about Lily, please visit http://education.fcps.org/vote .