Beginning in 2020, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is proud to offer this exciting ex officio nonvoting student leadership position and to join the many states across the country that have student representatives on their state boards of education.
The student member on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is expected to:
- Be prepared by reviewing the materials for every board meeting;
- Attend every meeting;
- Participate and engage in discussions;
- Promote interest in and support for education in Kentucky;
- Be courteous and respectful of public suggestions and complaints and refer them to appropriate parties;
- Work harmoniously with other board members and agencies of the Commonwealth;
- Become familiar with state laws, policies and administrative regulations as they relate to education;
- Accept the will of the majority vote in all cases and give support to the resulting policy; and
- Comply with the KBE Policy Manual and all applicable laws governing the service of a KBE member.
What a student member gains from board membership:
- Incredible experience and insight into educational policy in Kentucky;
- Familiarity with state laws, policies and administrative regulations as they relate to education;
- Knowledge about education issues as they relate to Kentucky and the nation;
- The ability to make a difference in Kentucky educational policy;
- A mentoring relationship with a state board member; and
- Opportunities to gain job connections and to learn about career choices.
Student must reside and be enrolled in a Kentucky public high school, be an active member of the KDE Commissioner's Student Advisory Council and be a sophomore or junior in good standing at the time of appointment to the KBE.
Term of Office
The ex officio nonvoting student board member will serve a two-year term beginning with the date of appointment and continuing for two years or until the student graduates from high school, whichever occurs first.
The estimated time required for the student board member will be at least two successive school days every other month to attend regular KBE meetings, usually in Frankfort; sufficient time to review the agenda materials in advance of the meeting; additional time for handling other board-related business; and time to attend selected student meetings, workshops and/or conferences.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, KBE meetings will be held virtually, consistent with state and local public health orders. The ex officio student member will be allowed to attend these meetings virtually, if needed, for academic and distance purposes.
Each prospective applicant should (1) fully understand the time requirement that serving on the KBE would add to his or her workload and schedule and (2) give serious consideration to the frequent travel requirements of the position. If you qualify to serve as a nonvoting ex-officio student member representing the KDE Commissioner's Student Advisory Council and wish to apply, you will need to do to complete the following as part of your application package:
- Application form and a letter of interest;
- Parent statement of support;
- School statement of support.
Completed applications must be submitted via email to Toni Konz Tatman, Chief Communications Officer, Kentucky Department of Education, by 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 18, 2020.
Each completed student application received by the indicated deadline with the parent and school support forms will be eligible for selection for the one current student ex officio position on the KBE. There will not be a scoring process.
The names of all students who successfully complete the application process per the guidelines listed above will be collected and one student will be randomly selected by the commissioner of education. That student's name will then be forwarded to the Governor's Office for Boards and Commissions for approval and issuance of a commission to serve on the KBE.