Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Local News

December 26, 2013

Niagara-Wheatfield student takes seat on school board

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There’s a new face sitting at the head table during Niagara-Wheatfield School Board meetings. And he’s there because he can be.

Jake Schoelles, a senior at the district’s high school, has joined the board as an ex-officio member in order to provide a different, student perspective during meetings.

Schoelles, a captain on the varsity football team this past season and the president of his class, among other notable activities he’s taken part in, will serve as an intermediary between student leadership and the school board.

According to School Board President Steve Sabo, he’ll be expected to provide conversation about his experiences in the school and how some of the budget cutbacks of the last two years have taken a toll on life inside the walls of his school building.

“I’m looking forward to hearing your insight on what some of these changes have done,” Sabo said. “You have some experience with what’s been going on in the school, so hopefully we can hear from you about what it’s like in there.”

The ex-officio member was created when voters approved a ballot proposal during this past May’s budget and school board vote. In his position, Schoelles will not be permitted to vote in any board action, nor participate in any executive session the board takes.

Accommodating Schoelles’s presence might facilitate a makeover of the board’s meeting space. Sabo said he’d like to see the board’s work area shifted around to accommodate the extra person.

When welcomed to his seat at the table, Schoelles simply expressed thanks for the opportunity.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Front page
Community Events
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case