HAZARD — Stacie Fugate of Hazard High School made history Feb. 16 by becoming the first student representative on the Hazard Independent School Board. Fugate was nominated for this position by the Student Leadership Council at Hazard High School.
After her nomination, Fugate approached the School Board with the proposal to have a student representative. On Feb. 16, the School Board voted in favor of the proposal and Fugate was sworn in.
Fugate will not have a vote on the Board. However, she will have a seat at the table and play an important role in the meetings. Fugate will act as a liaison between students and board members. During meetings, she will have the opportunity to present student opinion and items of student interest to the Board. Fugate will also relay information from meetings back to the students.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity and look forward to seeing students’ voices really be heard throughout our school system,” Fugate told the Hazard Herald.
Stacie Fugate is the first student representative on the Hazard Independent School Board, but she will not be the last. The process is intended to be ongoing. Since Fugate will be graduating this year, another student will be nominated in May to fill her seat. Although her term will only last through one semester, the mark Fugate made on this initiative will be everlasting in ways that are far more than symbolic.
Stacie Fugate did much of the research in creating this position and much of the work drafting the proposal to the Board herself. So, along with serving as the first student representative, Fugate’s work and vision also assured that the position will be available for all of the representatives to follow.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.