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La Grande High School student body president Hayley Crews has been named the new student representative to the La Grande School Board. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
La Grande High School students have a new voice.
Student body president Hayley Crews, a senior at LHS, has been named the new student representative to the La Grande School Board.
Crews will not be a voting member of the board but hopes to provide meaningful input and speak for all students. She is also excited about the opportunity to see firsthand how a governing organization like a school board works.
“It will be cool,” she said.
The student representative also wants to make students more aware of what the board is doing. This is why she helped lead an effort to get a reporter from Tiger Hi-Lites, the LHS student newspaper, at every school board meeting. Tiger Hi-Lites reporters will write articles on issues the board is addressing that affect LHS students.
As a student representative, Crews will be gathering input from classmates and sharing it with the school board. Issues like the school’s plus-minus grading system, which was put in place several years ago, may be one she will be talking to the board about. Letter grades students receive at LHS can be accompanied by a plus or minus if they are high or low.
Crews said some students dislike the system because it makes it hard to accurately compare grade point averages with students from other high schools that do not have plus-minus grading.
The LHS senior also said that she will speak to the board about issues like bullying if she feels it is necessary. Crews stressed that she does not believe the school has a bullying problem.
The school has had a student representative on the school board each year since the mid-1990s. La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze said student representatives are a valuable resource.
“It is an opportunity for the student representative to give a student perspective,” Glaze said.
Glaze said he and the board want the student representative to not only keep the board “appraised of current events (at LHS) but also topics related to students from a student’s point of view.”
Students selected to serve as board representatives are always with LHS student government, a group Crews has been active in since her freshman year.
“I like to be involved and I like public speaking,” said Crews, the daughter of Jeff and Karen Crews.
Student government is among many things Crews is involved in. She is also a member of the cross country team and plays piano for the jazz band.
LHS Principal Andrea Waldrop is confident that Crews will make a valuable contribution as a student representative.
“She is well spoken and not afraid to be honest and speak about things the way they are,” Waldrop said. “She is also respected by her peers.”