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Student Advisory Council 2013-2014

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By Tom Wilmoth

    The best comment at the Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night just might have come from Thomas Messier, a student at Bedford Middle School.

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    Messier, a member of this year’s Student Advisory Council, speaking about the need for improvements at Liberty High School, noted that LHS was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of being open, adding “so is its gym.”
    The comment brought a chuckle, but also drove home the point Messier was trying to make during his portion of the SAC presentation to the school board: improvements are needed at the high school.
    Students from the county’s six secondary schools made up the Student Advisory Council, which met three times this year, along with School Board members Kelly Harmony and Julie Bennington, who served as advisers, along with Ryan Edwards, policy and public relations coordinator for the school system.
    The students presented the results of their meetings to the board Thursday night, looking at a variety of subjects.
    Shayne Collins of Staunton River High School was among the speakers, and said studies need to include more real-world applications. The grading formula was also questioned, though the consensus was students did like the new 10-point grading scale.
    Students spoke on club activities, their desire for a new Liberty High School and the need for improved training for substitute teachers.
    Their presentation covered the entire gamut of education, with each of the SAC members presenting a portion of the program.
    Following the presentation, the students were recognized by the school board for their efforts.