Sarasota, FL (May 14, 2021) – The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, which is a board made up of alumni from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ STAR Leadership Training Program with representation from numerous high schools across the Sarasota County Schools district, hosted its annual Superintendent School Forum via Zoom on Friday, May 14. Forty-two teens from seven local high schools participated through the facilitation of open discussions between high school students and school district officials with focus on improving Sarasota County Schools.
Each year, the Council works closely with their classmates and administration at their respective schools to identify challenges and concerns. With the support of the Superintendent of Schools and the Executive Director of High Schools, the Council organizes and holds the Superintendent School Forum.
At this year’s Forum, students worked alongside district officials to find solutions for their identified challenges and presented the proposed solutions to all in attendance. The discussion revolved around a variety of important topics such as mental health, COVID-19 and concurrent learning, and student engagement. Following the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Question & Answer session with Superintendent Dr. Brennan Asplen III.
“I believe Superintendent Asplen wants the best for students in the Sarasota School District. He listens to the issues we present to him and seems very adept at figuring out solutions. Overall, he is easy to work with,” said Quinn, a senior at Riverview High School and the co-chair of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
Over the next month, the Council will be reviewing the recommendations and comments made during the Superintendent’s Forum to compile and present a report to Superintendent Dr. Asplen.
As this event has resulted in real policy change in our school system in years past, teens in attendance remain hopeful that their voices will serve to implement the changes they’d like to see in their schools.
“The most prominent change students want is to have more engagement with teachers and other students, so that students and staff are happy and can learn in positive environments,” said Erick, a senior at Booker High School, and Council member.
To learn more about the opportunities offered through the STAR Leadership Training program, visit theclubsdc.org or contact Cassandra Benjamin, Leadership Program Specialist at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, at 941-366-3911.
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA AND DESOTO COUNTIES:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 50 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.bgcsdc.org or call 941-366-3911.