SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education welcomed three new members at the October meeting.  Erin Scott, Jamie Rennie and Will Nichols will be the new student liaisons to the board.  Scott (not related to board member Karen Scott) and Rennie were at the table on Monday.  The three Sparta High School students will rotate duties.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said he had attended a student council meeting and then met with the executives of the student council.  He said the students will give a report each month and “I will be talking with them.”

Scott and Rennie spoke to the board members about the recent Homecoming dinner cruise. 

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“A lot of planning and expense goes into the dinner cruise,” Scott said, so it will only be offered every other year for members of the junior and senior classes.

“It was well attended,” Rennie said. “Nicer than having it in the school.”

The two also reported an underclassmen dance was scheduled for students in grades nine and 10 to be held at the high school on November 3.  A portion of the funds raised at the event will go to hurricane relief, according to Scott and Rennie. 

The student council is once again sponsoring a Veterans Day salute to the veteran staff members at the high school. 

In addition to their report the students were asked about student use of the late busses.  Rossi had proposed to eliminate them citing “lack of usage.”  He said they had adjusted the times of departure but that did not seem to increase ridership.

Scott said she thought many of the students who would previously have stayed after school to use the computer labs did not have to do so any longer now that they all have chromebooks.

The resolution to cancel the late busses was tabled after discussion among board members, including a question about how well the bus availability and times were publicized to the students and parents.

“We are thrilled to have the students’ voices at the table,” Rossi said.

“It was really important that we are there,” Rennie said after the meeting.  “It was a good opportunity to see how the board of education works.  We got to speak more than I thought we would.”