Students from Sherwood, Richard Montgomery Face Off in Election to School Board Post

Students from Sherwood, Richard Montgomery Face Off in Election to School Board Post

Candidates want to expand access to early education, fight inequities between student groups

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Matt Post (left) and Alex Abrosimov are running to become the next student member of the Montgomery County school board.

Via Matt Post and Alex Abrosimov

Teens from Sherwood and Richard Montgomery high schools are pitching ideas for closing opportunity gaps and improving school dining as they seek to become the next student member of the Montgomery County school board.

Matt Post and Alex Abrosimov are the two finalists to replace outgoing student board member and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior Eric Guerci, who is completing his second one-year term.

The student board member’s power expanded during Guerci’s tenure, and the role shifted from largely advisory to one that carries full voting rights; Guerci was the first student member to vote on the annual school budget. Post and Abrosimov have tailored their campaigns to the strengthened role by promising to purse major policy and funding reforms if elected to the board position.

“I think students are really looking for someone who can get things done and has a record of making meaningful progress,” said Post, who worked as Guerci’s chief of staff.

Post wants to see more funding for the federal Head Start program so that all children have access to preschool education, bolster the school system’s mental health curriculum and let middle school students use their cell phones during lunch. Abrosimov, who ran against Guerci last year, wants to make sure funding for renovations goes to the schools that are most in need and to address school-to-school inequities in student access to technology. He also believes officials have overlooked the unique needs of individual schools.

“We plan these new resolutions and policies which affect the entire county, but we seem to forget that each school has its own individual story,” he said.

The teens agree on several issues. Both want to remove county legal barriers to bringing food trucks onto school campuses. And they both argue for correcting disparities that can leave some groups of students at an academic disadvantage.

Abrosimov, a junior at Richard Montgomery in Rockville, garnered 76 votes at the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association nominating convention. Post, a junior at Sherwood in Sandy Spring, was the top finisher with 171 votes.

The county’s middle and high schoolers will choose between the two candidates during an April election. The new student member will take office after Guerci’s term expires June 30.

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