Sherwood High School Junior Wins Election as Next Student Member of School Board
Post promises to create student advisory board to weigh in on school system policies
Matthew Post of Sherwood High School won election as the next student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education.
High school junior Matthew Post on Wednesday won election as the 40th student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education and the first ever from Sherwood High School.
The roughly 70,800 middle- and high-schoolers who participated in the vote chose Post by a decisive margin, with about 62.7 percent picking him over his rival, Alexander Abrosimov of Richard Montgomery High School.
Post, 17, said the election results were revealed according to a longstanding tradition: A document showing the vote count is placed face-down on a table, and the incumbent student board member, two candidates, student leadership coordinator and county student government association president flip over the paper to learn the outcome at the same time.
“I was ecstatic,” Post said Thursday in a phone interview. “Having the opportunity to do this work is humbling and something that I will not take for granted.”
Post’s one-year term will begin July 1, when he is sworn in to replace outgoing student board member Eric Guerci, who was elected to two terms. Post has served as Guerci’s chief of staff and said he’ll take a similar approach to the official role.
During Guerci’s tenure, the Maryland General Assembly granted the Montgomery County student board member expanded power; now, the student representative can vote on the Montgomery County Public Schools budgets, school openings and closings and issues related to collective bargaining, according to a press release.
Post said a top priority as a board member will be forming a student advisory council that can offer insight to MCPS central administration. The need for a diversity of student perspectives emerged on the campaign trail, he added.
“It’s something I’ve reflected on and grappled with a lot as vice president of the county SGA: How can we make student leadership reflect what this county looks like, whether it’s race or socioeconomic status?” he said. “I’ve heard my peers loud and clear. I understand that this is a priority and something I’ll work every day to make happen.”
In his first 50 days as student board member, Post has promised to work with the board on removing internet blocks on social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter in schools, allow open lunches at every school and add mental illness awareness to curriculum for sixth- through eighth-graders.