Lyons Township High School’s Amanda Bolton, Class of 2015 of LaGrange, was named the 2014-2015 Student Representative to the Board of Education. She starts her one-year term in August.
Bolton says her experiences with a wide range of communities that feed into the overall climate of the school make her well suited for the position. As student representative, she plans to advocate for her classmates regarding student stress by reinforcing the positive momentum toward eradicating class rank, by discussing how homework can be adjusted in order to best benefit the education of the student and also by giving feedback on the kind of learning environment that makes the student more comfortable and willing to learning.
She is a member of the LT Speech Team, Theatre Board, Madrigals, Class Board and the Lyons Township Community Advisory Council. She serves as a volunteer with Helping Hand and Van Buren Youth Camp and is a 10-year veteran of the Theatre of Western Springs.
Bolton will act as a liaison between the administration and students and unite these two groups. She hopes to create a learning environment that encourages self-exploration and a true passion for learning – one where students don’t have to sacrifice passion for learning in order to receive a certain numerical grade or to choose between activities in order to please any given college.
The Student Representative to the Board was created 15 years ago and was designed to improve and increase student participation and presence in school operations. The position requires the liaison to have a broad view of the school and all aspects of the LTHS experience.
As student representative, Bolton will have the dual responsibility of reporting to the Board of Education as well as to the students who she represents. She will be required to:
• Attend all full Board meetings, serving as an advisory, non-voting member. She will be excluded from closed session discussion, as well as committee participation, unless otherwise directed.
• Prepare and present a report for the Board on behalf of the student body.
• Meet with the Superintendent prior to each Board meeting in preparation for items to be discussed.
• Serve as a member of the Student Council Executive Board and attend weekly Executive Board meetings and monthly Council meetings.
• Prepare and present a report for the Student Council on behalf of the Board of Education.
• Attend committee meetings for either organization, as directed.