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Annual event promotes student voice in UCS
Annual event promotes student voice in UCS
Posted on 12/06/2019
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Student voice was on the table this morning at Stevenson High School.

Representatives from every UCS high school and special program met face to face with district leaders to share student feedback on their schools.

Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools, said the annual event is a way for students, Board of Education members and administrators to have a “respectful discourse” on important issues in the district.

“If you are going to bring about change, you are going to have to have respectful discourse,” Dr. Johns said.  “You have to be able to talk about issues that are very hard.”

Small groups of four or five students met with district leaders to share their concerns or questions during the two-hour program. The students rotated between tables throughout the morning to meet with different district leaders.

Stevenson High School Student Council president and senior Korey Zelda said that his peers recognize the “amazing opportunities for growth” in Utica Community Schools.

“Because of UCS, I have had the privilege to speak in front of the House of Representatives, my classmates are able to call themselves regional champs and you are able to go out into this world knowing you have the power to change it,” he said.

Student leaders attended the breakfast from all four comprehensive high schools – Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica – as well as the Utica Alternative Learning Center and the Utica Academy for International Studies.

The program featured conversations about UCS programs and services and topics such as late start time, class sizes and curriculum.

Board of Education Vice President Michele Templeton shared their seven elected members have a combined 16 children who have graduated or currently attend the district and have “deep roots” in the community.

“In our decision-making process, we look at how every decision we make is going to affect all stakeholders – especially you, the people we are here to really serve,” she said.