2021 | Schools

Student school board candidates can begin filing Jan. 4

Election will be held in April

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The process for Montgomery County Public Schools students to elect the next representative on the school board will begin in early January.

Students can begin filing on Jan. 4 and have until Jan. 27, according to school board documents.

The student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education serves a one-year term and has full voting rights, aside from voting on negative personnel actions.

The current school board member, Hana O’Looney, is a senior at Richard Montgomery High School. Her predecessor, Nick Asante, was also a Richard Montgomery student.

The student school board member is elected annually by middle and high school students across the district.

After the filing period ends on Jan. 27, a nominating convention will be held, during which delegates from each school will vote to narrow the list of candidates to two finalists. The convention will be held on Feb. 16.

The two finalists will campaign between Feb. 16 and April 10. The countywide election will be held on April 10.

All middle and high school students are eligible to vote in the election. Last year, about 33,000 students cast a ballot.

The next student board member will be sworn in in July.

The student school board member receives a $5,000 college scholarship, student service learning hours and one honors-level social studies credit.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com