Student School Board Representatives are the voice of Hopkins High School and are responsible for sharing that perspective with the Board. Although not allowed to vote as members of the Hopkins School Board, Student School Board Representatives are encouraged to be engaged at the Board table.
The main responsibilities of Student School Board Representatives include:
- Attend School Board meetings and present a student report that reflects the news and events of the grade level represented.
- Review Board packets prior to meetings.
- Participate in School Board meetings by providing input and asking questions.
- Share information from the School Board meeting with Student Government.
Benefits of Being a Student School Board Representative
Student Board Representatives have the opportunity to work closely with the Hopkins School Board, provide input, and share their student perspectives. It is a clear leadership position that will enhance future college applications. Students also have the ability to build important relationships with leaders of the Hopkins Public Schools District.
History of the Student School Board Program
The Hopkins School Board began its Student School Board Representatives program in 1991. At that time, two students were appointed to serve as advisory members to the School Board. In 2000, the Board asked to increase the number to three students — one to represent each grade level — and asked each student to serve for three years. That format remains in place today.
A staff facilitator at Hopkins High School is responsible for managing the Student Board Representatives. The role of the facilitator is to guide the students and help them navigate roles and expectations. The facilitator works with students to grow their organization, leadership, and public speaking skills.
Students who would like to be considered for the Student School Board Representative program must be involved in Student Government. They need to be mature and responsible enough to handle the public speaking elements of the job. Ideally, students will begin their terms as sophomores and continue on, representing their respective grade levels, for three years.
If you are interested in learning more about our Student Board Representatives program, please contact Hopkins High School at 952-988-4500 or email the Hopkins School Board at School-Board@HopkinsSchools.org.