Parkville High Senior Kayla Drummond Sworn In As Student Member Of The Board Of Education
BALTIMORE COUNTY - On Wednesday, Kayla Drummond, an honor roll senior from Parkville High School, was sworn in as the 2023-2024 Student Member of the Board of Education.
Drummond is known for her involvement in various leadership roles at Parkville, including the AVID Club, Student Council, and the One Love Club. She is taking over the role from outgoing student board member Roah Hassan.
In her campaign, Drummond advocated for representation and support for all students, regardless of their background or identity.
"Your student member of the board must be determined, passionate, and overall willing to take on the challenges that come with the position. Someone that listens empathizes with and appreciates the students unconditionally. A SMOB who admires the power of all BCPS students. A leader who believes that each and every student of color, LGBTQ+ member, and those who have been marginalized by society feels secure and loved. Someone who believes that a student's quality of education should always be at the forefront of concern," Drummond said.
The Student Member of the Board's primary purpose is to provide an informed perspective from the student body and advocate for the best interests of all Baltimore County students.
Previously an innocuous role, the Student Member of the Board was granted a vote on budgetary decisions by Governor Wes Moore in May. An educational program on the budgetary process has been established to equip the student representative for this added responsibility.
With this new law, Baltimore County joins seven other school districts in Maryland that allow student representatives to vote on budgetary matters.
The Baltimore County Board of Education consists of 12 members, including four appointed members, seven elected for four-year terms, and one student member who is elected annually by their peers.
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