Pasco County high school students to help shape district direction
The Pasco County school system has quietly put together a Student Leadership Congress to provide input into activities and programs at the county's high schools.
Created at the district's annual Together We Stand anti-bullying conference in June, the Congress is made up of two students from each high school campus. Its goal is to come up with actions that schools can take to make "meaningful change."
River Ridge High School has already reported revamping its student government, with a greater focus on service projects and increased student representation, as the result of the group's first meeting.
At its next session on Sept. 13, the group plans to tackle one of the district's longstanding problems -- low attendance among some students. Superintendent Kurt Browning has often spoken of reducing chronic absenteeism, and the students will aim to offer ideas.
They also intend to begin discussing ways to improve promotion and graduation rates.