At last night’s Riverside Unified School District Board of Education meeting, three student members were sworn into the ranks for the first time in the history of the district. Alex Herrera of Riverside STEM Academy was the first student to take the seat next to elected member, Dr. Angelov Farooq, who initiated the effort based on his own time spent as a student board member at another district. Also taking the Oath of Office was Nicole Jacobson of Abraham Lincoln High School, who will serve from December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017, and Zherui “Jerry” Xuan of John W. North High School, who will be on the Board from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.
Chosen from the population of seniors at its eight high schools, the sitting Student Board Member is recognized at meetings as a full member. They receive all materials except those related to closed sessions. Their preferential votes are cast before the official Board vote and do not affect the final outcome.
Any student attending a Riverside Unified School District high school, who met the eligibility requirements for extracurricular activities and will be a senior for the 2016-2017 school year, was eligible to apply to be a Student Board Member. Students who had applied for the office were interviewed by current, publicly-elected Board members Kathy Allavie and Dr. Angelov Farooq. This process will take place again in the spring of 2017 for Arlington, EOC, King, Poly, and Ramona high schools.