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State school chief seeks student advisory panelists from Forsyth County
Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods signs autographs for students at Chestatee Elementary in November after naming it a Family-Friendly Partnership School. The official is looking for middle and high school students to serve on his fall 2015 Student Advisory Council. - photo by FCN file photo

FORSYTH COUNTY — Local public school students interested in education policy or who want to impact their local community have been offered the opportunity to voice their opinions at the state level.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his fall 2015 Student Advisory Council.

Those selected will meet with Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education. They also will serve as his ambassadors to their respective schools.

“Students feel the impact of our decisions every day,” Woods said in a statement. “If we are going to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we must hear directly from students.

“We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”

Middle school students on the council will meet Sept. 28, Nov. 9 and March 28. High school students will meet Oct. 1, Nov. 12 and March 31.

The council will also have two virtual meetings, whose times and dates will be discussed at the first meeting.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2015-16 school year.

Applications can be found online at the Georgia Department of Education’s website, at They must be sent to Ron Culver at by 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

Selected students will be contacted by email. All students can check under “News & Announcements” on Sept. 11 to see if they have been appointed.