To help recruit new high school students interested in becoming student leaders, the LCPS Student Advisory Council, a student-led advisory council which provides student input about educational decisions, is hosting a membership information session on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in Conference Room A inside the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main St. Suite 249.

“The Council is a great way to for students get involved with the decisions that impact the entire district,” said Wendi Hammond, LCPS director of secondary instruction. “It helps council members develop leadership skills and gives the student body a voice at the administrative level.”

The information session is open to all LCPS high school students who would like to receive information about the group and the role it plays in offering the student voice to the Board, Hammond said. The session’s keynote presentation titled: SAC 2.0: Student Voice Matters will be given by Outgoing Council President André Gonzales, who will talk about his advisory group experience and answer student questions.

“André has been instrumental in developing student support,” Galvan said. “His leadership has laid the groundwork for the council, so it will be exciting to see how the next group of student leaders will help the council continue to grow.”

The advisory council was established by the LCPS School Board on August 5, 2015 as a way to provide student leaders a direct connection to LCPS decisions, Hammond said. The council is made up of one to two student representatives from each high school and one student who will sit at the dais, representing students, at LCPS School Board meetings.

“The SAC has already helped the school board make decisions on some crucial issues at LCPS,” said Jo Galvan, LCPS spokeswoman. “It helps the students be informed about how we’re growing as a district and encourages them to discuss issues that ultimately affect the entire student body.”

In 2015, the SAC provided input on school board issues such as: high school scheduling, technology and training needs for teachers and the selection of the new LCPS Superintendent.

For more information contact Hammond at: (575) 527-6657 or at whammond@lcps.net.