Those closest to the schools are the students. What emerge as issues in the election contest are the conditions they see every day. Since the D.C. Board of Education election is Nov. 6, reporter Vernon C. Thompson visited several Washington schools and asked students to identify problems they think school board members should solve. CAPTION: Picture 1, John Young, 16, a junior at Ballou High School, at Fourth and Trenton streets SE: "I think they should improve the security around here. Several teachers have been assaulted, and I think the security is very poor. I also think some of the teachers are not that interested in educating the students. They are just here to get money.";

Picture 2, Jennifer Jefferson, 17, a junior at Cardozo High School, at 13th and Clifton streets NW: "We need more books. In my history class we don't have any books. And in the art classes we don't have construction paper or scissors. There is also a problem in the hallways where paint is peeling and the ceiling is falling down in some places."; Picture 3, Jean K. Greenwood, 16, a sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High, at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW: "The prejudices here among students is a real problem. You can't go anywhere in the school without having someone saying something to you. There is also a problem with teachers who are here just to pick up their paychecks. I can't stand the school."; Picture 4, Mark Dirks, 16, a junior at Woodrow Wilson: "Right now, I would say it would be the safety of the kids. Two weeks ago a security officer was shot trying to break up a fight. I would also like to have teachers more interested in students than leaving on time. In some cases, they won't even look over tests or exams if there is a small problem."; Picture 5, Lorraine Reeves, 18, a senior at Eastern High School, at 17th and East Capitol streets NE: "I am concerned about outsiders coming into the buildings. I am also concerned that when I was in the 10th and 11th grades, my teachers didn't teach me what I needed to be taught. I found the things I was supposed to be taught I did not know.";

Picture 6, Darlene Stinger, 16, a senior at Woodson Senior High School, at 56th and Eads streets NE: "The loitering for one is a problem here and, although it is not bad here today, the litter problem and the sickening school lunches.";

Picture 7, Donna Gray, 16, a junior at Dunbar High School, at Third and O streets NW: "There should be two lunch periods instead of one. It is too crowded in the lunch room. There are supposed to be 300 students eating in there.Instead, we have all students coming to eat lunch. What happens is that people steal your lunch tables when you want to sit down and eat.";

Picture 8, Sharon Davis, 15, a junior at Dunbar: "I don't know nothing about no problems. Everything is fine for me at Dunbar. I'm happy. If you want to learn something, they will teach you. Dunbar is perfect for me. I would move in if I had to, to attend Dunbar.";

Picture 9, Conway Gordon, 17, a junior at Cardozo: "We need more money for our athletic program, and we need better courses like the humanities. There also have to be some repairs in the buildings."