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Seattle School Board Adds Student Members 

The Seattle School Board recognizes the organizational structure of the district can create a wall between decision makers and the students the district serves. Board members also believe students possess valuable insight and should have a voice in the education received from the district and the decisions made by the board.   

In response to student advocacy led by the NAACP Youth Council about the need to uplift and increase BIPOC student voices within Seattle Public Schools, student member positions were created. The goal is to work toward a student-centered educational system that helps students understand the educational system around them and share their perspectives with district leadership.  

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, the board will annually seat School Board Student Members to represent student voice through board committees and regular board meetings.  

The students selected for this year’s board are Jenna Yuan, Nassira Hassan, and Luna Crone-Barón. The students will serve as liaisons between the board and students. According to state law, only elected directors can vote on board matters. Because the student seats are not elected, their seats are non-voting advisory positions.  

As the inaugural class of student members, Yuan, Hassan, and Crone-Barón will play an integral role in designing the scope and focus of these positions, advising the board on implementation of newly adopted Board Policy No. 1250, and incorporating student voice into district decision-making.   

Meet the Student Board Members 

Jenna Yuan

Jenna Yuan is a senior at Franklin High School. Outside of school, Yuan enjoys playing video games, baking, and volunteering. She has been a student in Seattle Public Schools since she immigrated to the U.S. in kindergarten.  

As an student board member, Yuan is looking forward to helping bridge the gap between the school board and students. She is passionate about improving extracurricular activities, food/nutrition, and technology access in the district. Yuan also wants to work on the district’s English language learners (ELL) program because she was a recipient of its resources and received a tremendous amount of support. Yuan wants to use this opportunity to give back to the school district that has helped her grow into the person she is today.  

Nassira Hassan

Nassira Hassan is a senior at Chief Sealth International High School. As an African American Muslim woman, Hassan’s experience and challenges navigating the school system with these identities informs her passion for lifting student voice. She hopes to change systems to better serve an increasingly diverse student body.  

In the past, Hassan has participated in a student activism group and crafted social media content to advocate for mental health awareness. These experiences have equipped her with listening skills that allow her to uplift the voices of her fellow scholars. She looks forward to applying those skills to her Student Board Member role.  

Hassan’s hobbies include basketball, reading, photography, and being outdoors. She is currently participating in UW STEMsub, a program designed to propel students toward college degrees, especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.   

Luna Crone-Baron

Luna Crone-Barón is a junior at The Center School.  She is a first-generation Colombian American, trans, queer, neurodivergent student who is a lover of storytelling in all forms. As much as she loves storytelling, Crone-Barón also loves hearing and learning from the unique, messy, beautiful stories every person carries with them.  

Crone-Barón is excited to have the opportunity to bring her passion for the SPS community to the school board, and to have the opportunity to increase accountability of district officials. She wants to partner in creating an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans affirming, decolonized, and joy-focused education experience for everyone in the SPS community. 

Contact the School Board Student Members

School Board with student members and superintendent

Seattle School Board Student Members

The student positions were created under the recently adopted School Board Policy No. 1250, School Board Student Members.  

The Role of the School Board Student Member

The Seattle School Board believes students possess valuable insight and should have a paramount voice in the education received from the district and in the decisions made by the board.  

Inspired by the Angela Davis quote that “Walls turned sideways are bridges,” the board recognizes the organizational structure of the district can create a wall between decision makers and the students the district serves.  

The School Board student member positions were created in response to student advocacy about the need to uplift and increase BIPOC student voices within Seattle Public Schools, to work toward a student-centered educational system, and to help students understand the educational system around them and share their perspectives with district leadership. 

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, the board will annually seat School Board student members to represent student voice through board committees and regular board meetings.  

School Board student members will contribute to discussion by providing student insight and perspective, advocating their positions on district issues or needs, and serving as liaisons between the board and students.  

School Board student members will hold non-voting advisory positions. 

As the inaugural class of student members, students serving during the 2022-23 school year will play an integral role in designing the scope and focus of these positions, advising the board on implementation of newly adopted Board Policy No. 1250, and incorporating student voice into district decision-making.  

Student members will serve as experts through their own experiences and as representatives of their peers. School Board student members are charged with engaging students and student groups for feedback and with carrying forward the diverse perspectives of Seattle Public Schools students.  

School Board student members will have the opportunity to participate in district policy development processes and counsel board directors on the impacts of potential district actions on students. 

Student Board Member Participation Requirements

Who Can Apply?

School Board student members should reflect the impressive diversity of the district and represent a variety of interests, perspectives, and backgrounds. School Board student members should also possess an awareness of challenges and barriers that they or others experience in education and in society. 

Applicants must be a Seattle Public Schools student entering their junior or senior year of high school at the time of selection, on track to graduate, and continue to be enrolled in Seattle Public Schools through the school year of their term.  

While serving, School Board student members must be enrolled in courses that ensure normal progress towards graduation and maintain the number of credits necessary for advancement to the next grade level.  

Time Commitments  

School Board student members should expect to spend approximately ten (10) hours a month performing their duties. The estimated total hours of board meetings that student board members will attend in a month is six (6) hours.

Student board members can expect to spend approximately four (4) hours a month on additional work, including reviewing meeting materials, meeting with peers, and meeting with support staff and board mentor.

The number of hours a month may vary, but should not exceed 20 hours.  

Contact us with questions about applying to be a School Board Student Member.

Committees 

Each School Board student member will be assigned to one of three board committees: the Audit & Finance Committee; Operations Committee; or Student Services Curriculum & Instruction Committee. Committees meet monthly.  

Meeting days and times vary by committee and may occur during school hours. School Board student members will participate in committee discussions and are encouraged to question and communicate their opinions, suggestions, and concerns. 

Student members are encouraged to utilize course credit, service hour, independent study, free periods, or other opportunities, as available and appropriate for their own academic schedule, to modify their class schedule to accommodate committee meeting attendance.  

Regular Board Meetings 

School Board student members will also attend the regular meetings of the School Board of Directors on a roughly once-per-month rotation and will have an opportunity to report on the work of their committee, offer opinions on the motions and resolutions before the board, and communicate other topics of student interest or concern. These meetings are held Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. at John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. 

Preparation for Meetings 

School Board student members will be provided agendas and other materials in preparation for meetings and are also encouraged to attend board work sessions and other special meetings of the board. 

Training, Mentorship, and Compensation

Student School board members will receive an orientation from staff and board directors and will be paired with a School Board Director mentor and staff mentor for ongoing support.

Students will also have opportunities to participate in outside training, such as through the Washington State School Directors’ Association. 

Compensation 

School Board student members will receive $17.27/hour for their work in this role, not to exceed 20 hours a month.  

Once selected, student members will need to obtain written permission to work from their parent or guardian.  

In order to be compensated, students will be considered district hourly employees subject to standard onboarding and criminal background check requirements with parent/guardian consent. 

A criminal history does not automatically disqualify an applicant from serving as a School Board student member.