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Indian-American student appointed to Contra Costa County Board of Education

Indian-American student appointed to Contra Costa County Board of Education

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Indian-American student Ishaan Savla, a junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, has been appointed as a student member of the Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) for the 2024-2025 school year. Savla was selected from a competitive pool of 35 candidates representing eight school districts and 11 high schools. Savla’s appointment underscores the Board’s commitment to including student voices in critical decisions that impact their education and future.

Another member is Luke Wilson, a senior at El Cerrito High School, as a student member of the board for the 2024-2025 school year.

Chairman Mike Maxwell commented, “We are delighted to welcome Ishaan and Luke to the Board. Their impressive accomplishments and dedication to communities stood out among a talented group of applicants. We look forward to their contributions and are confident they will provide valuable insights on behalf of their colleagues.”

Ishaan’s role in the CCC Board of Education

According to the Contra Costa County Office of Education, Savla will play an active role in board meetings as a student member of the CCCBOE, offering ideas on issues that affect students and collaborating with other members. Prior to the final board vote, Savla will have the opportunity to officially voice her opinions on motions through a preferential vote, ensuring that student perspectives are considered in the decision-making process.

They have served the California Association for Student Councils as the Bay Area’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Policy, as an ambassador for the San Ramon Teen Council, and as a classroom officer and part of the leadership team at Dougherty Valley High School. Their extensive backgrounds in advocacy and leadership make them an invaluable resource for the CCCBOE.

“I am excited to begin this journey as a student member of the county Board of Education,” Savla told the Contra Costa County Office of Education. “I want to connect with students with special needs and build more sister school partnerships, where student-led clubs and organizations connect students across the county. I want to ensure that student voices are present in the conversation about education policy and priorities.”

Savla’s first meeting with the CCCBOE is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 at 5 p.m. This marks the beginning of a promising term that will amplify student voices and influence education policy in Contra Costa County.

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 3:08 PM IST

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