Jeffrey Taylor, a junior at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, will serve as the newest student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
Taylor, 17, was recently elected to the post by members of the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments. Taylor, who is president of his school’s student government association, currently serves as PGRASG’s treasurer.
Taylor, who observed his first board meeting Thursday, said he is excited about having the opportunity to advocate for students.
“I hope to bring a fresh, new perspective from Prince George’s County students,” Taylor said. “The reason I ran for the position is because I want . . . to have an impact on students in the whole county, rather than just in my school or community.
“I was born, raised and educated in this county. I want to give back.”
Taylor, who wants to get into politics after attending college, said he looks forward to discussions on the school board about how students learn.
“The major thing is the transition into Common Core standards,” Taylor said referring to the new academic standards that are changing classroom instruction. “I’d like to ease our way into Common Core standards.”
As a student member, Taylor can vote on most issues facing the board, except those dealing with the budget and personnel.
“The student member of the board plays a key role on the Board of Education by representing the student voice when voting on issues and policies,” Board Chairman Segun Eubanks said in a news release. “Mr. Taylor brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to the position, and we look forward to working with him during the upcoming school year.”
Taylor, 17, who served as president of his sophomore class, is manager of the high school volleyball team and captain of the swim team. He enjoys swimming and volunteering at food banks.
Taylor, who will replace Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, a graduating senior, will be sworn in later this year.