Students rally to be part of superintendent selection committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hundreds of high school students from across Kentucky, including from Henry Clay in Lexington, rallied on the steps of the state capitol for a chance to help choose their school district’s leader.

They say they want to be a part of the superintendent selection committee. Under current state law they cannot. A bill was introduced in the house last week to allow that to happen, but it didn’t pass.  Students say lawmakers still have time to change their minds.

"Students make up 100 percent of the superintendent constituents, yet they have zero percent representation on the committee that selects the superintendent. It’s a discrepancy that should not exist, and we think the student perspective needs to be heard," says Eliza Jane Schaeffer, School Governance Committee Chair.

The search for a new superintendent is now underway in Fayette Co.  The campaign to be a part of the selection committee started with a group of Henry Clay students.

If lawmakers decide to vote in favor of an amended version of the bill, they only have one day left to do it.  The 2015 general assembly comes an end tomorrow.

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