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Student achievement, parental engagement, poverty and community safety were among some of the topics covered during a student forum on Wednesday at the Central Office of the Rochester City School District.
Dozens of students from several city schools met at the town hall style meeting which was designed to identify possible solutions to improve district problems by asking for students' input.
Sophie Gallivan, a student representative for the board of education, was one of dozens of teens from different city schools.She says the forum was an opportunity for them to share with adults what's on their minds.
"There's a lot of issues that occur in schools and in student's lives that adults don't know about. so it's kind of an opportunity for all of the information from all stakeholders to be brought to the table to so everyone has the knowledge and everyone can stop talking and do something about it."
Gallivan says teachers, administrators, community members and outside organizations all want to help students, but they often don't include them in the conversation.
Suggestions from the meeting will be combined and tracked and put forth during a public presentation next week Tuesday at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center. Gallivan says she and School Board President Van White hope to make this type of student conversation an annual event.