As highschool college students head towards commencement, many of those girls and boys have two widespread wishes: to earn cash throughout evenings or weekends, and to carry out group service assignments that may strengthen school purposes or résumés.
For Madison Excessive Faculty sophomores or juniors who need to accomplish each of these objectives via a single alternative, it could be value testing a new initiative supplied by the Madison Joint Recreation District.
The rec district’s Board of Trustees is looking for a Madison Excessive Faculty scholar to serve on its panel as an at-large member.
That’s the intent of a brand new Pupil Participation Program launched by the recreation district. By this endeavor, the recreation district board would improve its roster from eight to 9 members.
That ninth seat can be reserved solely for a Madison Excessive Faculty scholar who’s “absolutely invested in the neighborhood and can signify the varsity system and the subsequent era,” in keeping with a promotional flier for the Pupil Participation Program.
Duane Frager, who’s vice chairman of the recreation district board, not too long ago appeared at a Madison Faculty Board assembly, asking for assist in distributing the promotional flier and a program software at Madison Excessive Faculty.
The rec board is hoping to pick out a present sophomore who may serve for 2 years on the panel.
“The concept is that they get in initially of their junior 12 months, they’re an at-large trustee, with all the privileges and necessities of a trustee, for his or her junior and senior 12 months,” Frager mentioned. “They’ve voting privileges, they attend conferences.”
However Frager mentioned present Madison Excessive Faculty juniors are also invited to use for a one-year time period.
Candidates should have a minimal 2.5 grade-point common and be keen to take part within the rec board conferences and related actions in the course of the college 12 months, at minimal.
“We clearly have conferences in the summertime, too, however they’re not necessary for this place,” Frager mentioned.
The rec board usually holds night conferences on the fourth Thursday of every month.
All college students who apply should fill out an software and take part in an in-person interview. Rec district leaders are aiming to make the interviews a studying expertise for college students, Frager famous.
“Clearly just one individual will probably be chosen, however we’ll give all people suggestions afterward and say, ‘Throughout your subsequent interview, your subsequent software, you may need to take into account this, that and the opposite,’” he mentioned.
The coed who’s appointed will obtain a scholarship of $250 for annually they full as an at-large rec board member.
“To allow them to rise up to $500 by the top of their senior 12 months,” Frager mentioned.
The rec board additionally determined that the panel’s vice chairman — which is Frager, at the moment — will function mentor to the scholar, all through their tenure.
If a sophomore is chosen for the at-large seat, one of many tasks for his or her second 12 months on the rec board will probably be to function a subcommittee chairman for one of many district’s group occasions.
“We’re considering if it’s within the college 12 months, it is going to be Christmas in Village Park, or if it’s in the summertime, it is going to be our Summer time Volleyball Traditional,” Frager mentioned. “Each of them are one-day occasions.”
Any Madison Excessive Faculty sophomores or juniors who’re excited about serving as an at-large rec board member ought to safe an software from their steering counselor as quickly as potential, Frager mentioned.
The deadline to submit an software is 5 p.m. April 28. It’s anticipated that interviews will probably be accomplished by Might 19, and the rec board may vote at its June assembly on appointing a scholar to the at-large seat.
“We’re hoping this expertise will not be solely a résumé builder for the individual chosen, however offers them actual stay sensible experiences in issues like philanthropy, networking with the group and the way authorities works,” Frager mentioned.
The Information-Herald hopes that this chance will draw a very good response from Madison Excessive Faculty sophomores and juniors. Whichever teen is chosen for the place will get the prospect to play a significant function in planning and finishing up leisure alternatives for the Madison group.