A new face on the dais this year at the monthly school board meetings is Sonoma Valley High School senior Paulina Prasad.
Each year, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board welcomes a new student representative. This student attends every meeting and is invited to provide a student perspective to relevant discussions as well as a short monthly report on activities and events at the high school.
When she ran for the position of Student Voice last March, Prasad knew that one of her responsibilities was going to be to attend the school board meetings and to develop a relationship with the school board members.
“I have only been to two meetings so far, but I really enjoy being involved in school politics and decision making and am excited to continue attending the meetings throughout the year,” she said. “Although I was nervous in the first meeting, I was also excited to represent the entire student body in front of the public. I enjoyed the opportunity to voice my opinion and give a report on this year’s homecoming, sports and various activities around campus. I also found it interesting to learn how school board meetings are managed and I enjoyed learning about the role that the school board plays throughout the entire Sonoma school district.”
Said Sonoma Valley Unified School boardmember Nicole Abate Ducarroz, “It’s so important to have students in the room for our meetings because they are what its all about, and we need to hear their voice. They are the bottom line, what is in the best interest of the students, so we need to not only get updates about them, but get their feedback as well, and I welcome any student to contact any of us any time.”