TOWSON, MD— Expanding to the voices contributing to the Team BCPS dialogue,
Superintendent S. Dallas Dance will meet for the first time this school year with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and the inaugural Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council.
Both groups are charged with providing advice and feedback to Dr. Dance on school system initiatives as well as sharing views and concerns and discussing ideas, goals and challenges within the system. Members of both councils, who will serve for a year, will meet quarterly with Dr. Dance and his leadership team.
“Our students and their parents and guardians are key stakeholders in our school system, and their perspectives are important to consider," Dr. Dance said. “Hearing many voices with many viewpoints – all with the shared goal of
advancing student academic achievement – is necessary to making the right decisions and moving our school system forward."
The 17-member Student Advisory Council is composed of high school students selected to represent each of the county’s five geographical areas, along with the student member of the Board of Education and the president of the Baltimore County Student Council. Members also were evaluated on a variety of other factors, including grade levels and areas of interest.
While superintendent’s student advisory groups had been appointed in the past, Dance said he sought to open the selection process to capture a wider range of students and perspectives. Members of the superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for 2013-14 are:
Oluwapelumi Ajayi, New Town High School
Yuri Chia, Towson High School
Jonathan P. Galla, Hereford High School
Viswanath Gorti, Perry Hall High School
Reena Goswami, Loch Raven High School
Brandon Johnson, Parkville High School
Mandeep Kaur, Sparrows Point High School
Michael Luckert, Patapsco High School / Sollers Point Technical High School
Sumaiyah Mahmoodi, Western School of Technology
Rebecca L. Meseke, Catonsville High School
Michaela Murry, Woodlawn High School
McKenna Porter, Hereford High School
P. Blaire Ross, Franklin High School
Spencer Schenker, Pikesville High School
Jada Simone Shannon, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Muluken Tekle, Chesapeake High School
Deeksha Walia, Kenwood High School
The 16-member Parent Council is new to BCPS. It is composed of parents and guardians who have at least one child in BCPS schools, along with the president of the PTA Council of Baltimore County. The members were selected based on a range of factors, including geography, their children’s grade levels and their areas of experience and interest. Members of the superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council are:
Michael L. Carnahan
Todd A. Carpenter
Samuel B. Johnson
Maria Pio Roda Klein
Lori A. Meehan
Wendy A. Parks
John R. R. Seymour
Keisha L. Torney
Dr. Dance will meet with both groups for the first time on Thursday, October 3.