P.O. BOX 2120




October 14, 2003







Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction



Student Advisory Committee to the Virginia Board of Education


The Virginia Board of Education is seeking applications for the Student Advisory Committee for the 2003-2004 academic year. Student members will be selected to serve a one-year term. Nominations may be submitted as follows:


Ÿ                     Each public high school may submit one nomination;

Ÿ                     Each public middle school may submit one nomination; and

Ÿ                     Each statewide student organization may submit one nomination.


Student membership will consist of one high school student from each of the eight Superintendents Regions and four middle school students selected at-large from the commonwealth. All students may be considered for nomination by their school or statewide student organization; however, only one nomination can be accepted from each school or organization.


Nominees should demonstrate:


Ÿ                     Solid academic performance;

Ÿ                     Strong communication and leadership skills;

Ÿ                     Involvement in a variety of co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities; and

Ÿ                     An interest in learning about and contributing to state policies adopted by the Virginia Board of Education.


Please note that all students selected for the committee must have access to e-mail and the Internet, either through their home or at the school. Frequent communications to and from the Board of Education and the student members will be necessary. The e-mail addresses will be for department and committee use and will not be distributed publicly.


The Student Advisory Committee will meet in Richmond at least three times during the 2003-2004 academic year. The first meeting will be held on December 15, 2003. Subsequent meetings are tentatively scheduled for February 24-25, 2004, and April 27-28, 2004. The latter two meetings are scheduled to coincide with the Board of Educations business meetings.


Each student member must be accompanied by a supervising adult for the committee meetings. Travel expenses for both the student and the supervising adult will be reimbursed by the Board of Education in accordance with state guidelines.


Each student nominated by his/her school should complete and mail the attached application packet. Applications will be accepted by mail or by fax. Applications must be postmarked by November 12, 2003, and mailed to Dr. Margaret N. Roberts, executive assistant to the Board of Education, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Applications sent by fax must be sent by the close of business on November 12, 2003. The fax number is (804) 225-2524.


A selection committee consisting of members of the Board of Education will review the applications and will notify the applicants of the final selections by December 4, 2003.


For further information, please contact Dr. Margaret N. Roberts, executive assistant for Board Relations at (804) 225-2924; Fax: (804) 225-2524; e-mail: