CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High senior Emily Lamb solicited the board of education to create a non-voting student representative position and it was unanimously approved by the Chatham Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday night.
Lamb explained that the student representative position was part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
"Part of my project was increasing the level of connection between students and local government," Lamb said. "A lot of people at Chatham High School aren't actually eligible to vote, but they are directly affected by a lot of the decisions that are made every day in local government and the school board.
"My solution to this issue is creating a representative that is from Chatham High School who isn't obviously a voting member of the board but who is responsible for coming to every meeting or every other meeting, and is basically that level of connection between what's going on with the school board and what is actually happening with students in the high school."
Emily Lamb explains her plan to create a student representative position to the board of education
The idea of a student representative was also fostered by Robert Hoffmann, Chatham Township administrator, when he visited a previous BOE meeting to introduce himself to the board.
Lamb said that she hoped to have a student representative selected by January.
In other business, the board announced that Nov. 15 is the deadline for any Chatham Township resident to apply for the open position on the nine-member board of education. A spot for a township resident opened at the last meeting when board member Mary Chambers announced that she would be moving out of town. Michelle Clark and Lata Kenney are two of the board members from the township involved in the application process. Applications can be submitted directly to the BOE.