Student Advisory Board holds first meeting

Student Advisory Board holds first meeting
Posted on 10/16/2019
Student Advisory Board holds first meeting

Nacogdoches ISD student representatives came bearing questions when they got the chance to meet this week with top school administrators.

The district’s Superintendent Student Advisory Board gathered Tuesday, Oct. 15, at NISD’s District Support Center for a noon time meal and meeting. Students from Nacogdoches High School, Malcolm Rector Technical High School and McMichael and Mike Moses middle schools met with interim Superintendent Alton Frailey and Deputy Superintendent Michael Martin.

Frailey encouraged the students to take ownership in their future.

“What does it take to become the person you want to be?” he asked. “What do you want your life to look like?”

Frailey also encouraged the students to become involved in activities – both at school and in the community, reminding them the value colleges and universities place on those kinds of activities when considering enrollment.

Frailey, who grew up in the North Redland community of Nacogdoches County, shared with students details of his own humble upbringing. But Frailey also told students if he can make it, they can.

“If I can get to where I’m at today from where I was, you can do a whole lot better than I did.”

Questions for Frailey ranged from how he presented information when speaking to groups, such as last year’s efforts to inform voters leading up to the bond election, to what his day-to-day duties are as superintendent.

The student board got a chance to go over construction projects ongoing within the district. Much of the work is funded by proceeds from last year’s successful bond proposal approved by NISD voters.

Martin, the Deputy Superintendent, shared plans and artist renderings for several of the projects, including the new Emeline Carpenter Elementary School being built across Southeast Stallings Drive from McMichael Middle School. Martin described for students the impact each project would have on the district.

Students also saw preliminary drawings of the Malcolm Rector Career and Technical Education Center planned at Nacogdoches High School, expansion of McMichael Middle School and the new press box/classroom planned for Dragon Stadium.

Students had a number of questions regarding the projects, including queries about expected completion dates, construction costs and estimated impact to district taxpayers.

The Superintendent Student Advisory Board will meet monthly in the District Support Center, with the next gathering set for Nov. 12.

Students on the advisory board include:

Mike Moses Middle School – Nayeli Carrillo, eighth-grade; Mark Sifuentes, seventh-grade.

McMichael Middle School – Jacob Norman, seventh-grade; Kayla Reeves, eighth-grade.

Malcolm Rector Technical High School – Shaelyn Westbrook, 12th-grade.

Nacogdoches High School – Abeni Brown, 11th-grade; Kendall Douglass, 12th-grade; Zaira Garcia Gallegos, 12th-grade; Kami Hathaway, 11th-grade; Kolton Koonce, 11th-grade; Kristine Maulion, 12th-grade; Braxton Roberts, 11th-grade; Maya Smith, ninth-grade; and La’Kia Tilley, 10th-grade.

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