For about 50 Westminster High School students who met with the Board of Education last week in a public question and answer session, they came away with only one regret; their request for a live wolf for a school mascot didn’t seem to get much traction.
As the meeting has become a tradition, the Board of Education pulled a group of students together for a frank and honest conversation about what they like at Westminster High School and what could be improved upon.
“This is your chance to tell us what you really think,” said Board President Ruben Pacheco who bounded from student to student, mic in hand, to hear what they had to say. “Most boards of education don’t do this, but we do, because we value your input.”
This year’s senior class is the first group of graduating students to have spent all of their high school years in a Competency Based System where students have to show mastery of a learning level in order to get credit. Some of the students said there were early bumps in the road in the system, but many said they now like it because they were able to move ahead at their own speed.
There were also questions about how resources are shared for athletic programs and how to improve the school’s image in the community.
Most important, board members told the students not to wait for an organized meeting to voice their opinions.
“It’s important to tell us what is going on from a student perspective,” said Board Member
Dino Valente. “We want to make these high school years a memorable experience for you.”