Vancouver school board installs first student trusteeOctober 16, 2013
A high-school student made history Tuesday evening when he was sworn in as a trustee with the Vancouver board of education.
Nick Milum, 16, promises to bring a student perspective to board deliberations.
“We are the customers of this educational service,” he says in a release. “One of the best ways for educators to test educational initiatives and get feedback is through students.”
Vancouver is the first B.C. board of education to install a student trustee, but the Sunshine Coast board expects to do the same later this month. At least two other boards are also pondering the idea: the Greater Victoria board, based on a motion by trustee Diane McNally, and the Qualicum board, following a similar motion by trustee Julie Austin.
Nick, a student at Eric Hamber secondary and a member of the Vancouver District Students’ Council, was the only student nominated for the position. While he will participate in debates, he won’t be able to introduce or vote on motions or attend in-camera meetings.
Read more about him in a Vancouver Courier article here.
(Photo credit: Vancouver board of education)
UPDATE: The Sunshine Coast student trustee is Maya Treuheit. Read about her here.