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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is seeking the next Student Member of the Board of Education of Charles County, also known as the SMOB. Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for a term serving the 2022-2023 school year. Any interested student must also meet CCPS academic eligibility requirements.

The position of Student Member of the Board of Education in Charles County includes voting rights. The Student Member is a full member of the Board and can vote on most matters with the exception of the following: legal appeals; personnel matters; collective bargaining; the hiring, salary and evaluation of the superintendent; operating and capital budgets; and school openings, closings and boundaries.

The candidacy filing period opens Feb. 22 and closes March 11. The filing process includes the following requirements for interested students.

  • Completion of the candidacy form by 2 pm, March 11.
  • Submission of a 500-word issue statement by 11:59 pm, March 14.
  • Submission of candidate meet-and-greet video by 11:59 pm, March 14.

The candidacy form, along with other materials related to the process, are posted on the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC) website. Click here to access the CCASC website. To access the website, students will need to use their CCPS-issued technology username and password to log in. The website is not accessible to the public.

Students must submit the candidacy form, issue statement and video to Gary Winsett, regional CCASC advisor, by email at gwinsett@ccboe.com.

In the issue statement, students should highlight an issue of student concern and propose a possible solution. The statement should include 500 words or less.

In the meet-and-greet video, students should introduce themselves and discuss goals they would work toward as the next Student Member of the Board. The video should not be longer than five minutes.

If more than three candidates apply for the position, a primary election will be held between March 28 and April 1. The general election will take place May 9-20. Results will be announced on Friday, May 27. The elected Student Member of the Board will be sworn in to office after July 1.

An election timeline, including important dates for students interested in running for the position, is posted on the CCASC website.

Students with questions can contact Gary Winsett at gwinsett@ccboe.com.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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