ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke City Public Schools added two new seats to their School Board this year. Student Representatives now contribute to every board meeting, offering student insight and listening to policy decisions.

Senior Connor Sink is the William Fleming High School representative, who is also joined by a Patrick Henry student. While they don’t have the power to vote, Sink says it fills a gap because many students can’t make it to board meetings to voice their opinions.

“They decide just about everything, so they are really making the decisions for our students, they are making the decisions for our staff, that is affecting all of us. So, it’s important for them to be informed on students’ and teachers’ thoughts and opinions,” said Sink.

He says coming out of COVID, many big decisions have been and will be made, and the district needs to offer new solutions for new problems. He says peers have approached him about issues they care about, like the recent problems with transportation. Sink says, as a Student Representative, he has the ability to funnel those comments and concerns back to his colleagues on the School Board.