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Franklin Regional might add student reps to school board

| Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Franklin Regional might add some seats to its school board table.

Superintendent Jamie Piraino has suggested adding student representatives to the school board. Students would give reports each month but would not have a vote in district business.

“From a personal standpoint, it's a management thing from our end,” Piraino said. “From a student perspective, I'd give up those management things to give the students that experience.”

Piraino said he thinks adding a student representative program would offer students the ability to become comfortable presenting in front of groups and decipher the difference between student issues and gossip or complaining.

Board member Roberta Cook said she has some reservations about the idea.

“I don't want to see it become a student gripe forum,” Cook said. “They need to understand that this is a forum to discuss certain things, not student opinions on certain things.”

Both Penn-Trafford and Norwin have student liaisons who present a report each month at voting board meetings. Piraino said the practice also was in place at his former district, Greater Latrobe.

Board members George Harding and Jeremy Samek said they support the idea. Samek suggested inviting class presidents from the high school to participate.

Piraino said he plans to “lay the groundwork” with students to make sure they understand what the position entails.

Piraino said he envisions the program beginning as early as fall.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.

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