• Board of Education Student Member Selection Process


    In the spring of each school year, the Superintendent appoints up to two high school Juniors/rising Seniors to serve the Board of Education for a one-year term for the following school year. The student members function as advisory board members and do not have voting rights. The students are not able to participate in closed sessions. This document outlines the selection process and contains a copy of the application.

    Eligibility Any student who is an Olean High School Junior/rising Senior, has attended OHS for at least two years prior, who will be enrolled in good standing in the twelfth grade in the upcoming school year, and is dedicated to being an advocate may apply.

    Benefits: The student representatives will gain a wide array of leadership skills that can strengthen future college applications and/or resumes. 

    Time requirements: The student representative on the school board will attend all regular school board meetings while school is in session, typically the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m. The exact schedule and other information about the board is available at https://www.oleanschools.org/domain/11

    Term of Office The Student Member will serve a one-year term from August 1 through June 30 of that school year term. 

    Initial Screening Students may download an application from the Olean City Schools website or pick up an application from their school counselor. Students must submit their application by the identified deadline and sign the Statement of Understanding for the selection process to the Superintendent’s secretary. All applications will be screened for completion by the Superintendent’s secretary. A committee made up of a principal, teacher, school board member, and superintendent will review completed applications and interview all eligible

    candidates. The committee will review applications looking for those that best demonstrate their leadership skills, ability to set and follow through on goals, public speaking experience, dedication to public education, and other relevant

    experience. Applicants will not receive evaluations on their applications, nor will their application materials be returned. The School Board will vote on up to two recommended candidates to serve as student school board representatives.

    The student(s) will be advised by the Superintendent, along with an appointed School Board member.

    Click here for the application.