EDITOR’S NOTE:  See list below for local students serving on the Student Advisory Council.

NEWS

Student Advisory Council: “Ask us about school violence”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2001

FOR INFORMATION:
(312) 814-1486 or (217) 782-4648

Springfield – Who knows better than students what other students are thinking, feeling, and often, planning?

No one. Including the adults who run the schools, according to the State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council (SAC.)

As part of its annual report to the State Board, the SAC last week presented an audit on school violence designed to help school administrators garner student input on school violence, which can then be used to help shape schools’ safety plans.

The group of high school students from around Illinois was created 25 years ago to give the State Board advice on pertinent education issues from a student’s perspective. About 30 juniors and seniors comprised this year’s SAC.

The State Board endorsed the audit and agreed to send it to every public and private Illinois school. The SAC also asked the State Board to provide training, funding and technical assistance to help local districts implement the audit and any safety initiatives that it may generate.

“I strongly encourage schools to take advantage of this great opportunity to see what their students think can and should be done about school violence,” said State Superintendent Glenn W. McGee.

In nearly all of the school shootings that have occurred in the past 10 years, the shooter had told someone (usually other students) about the plan to do the shootings.

Yet, students often don’t share such information. “As much as we don’t want to see our friends get hurt, we also don’t want to see them go to jail,” said Josh Thackston, a senior at Eldorado High School.

“The audit is a good way for schools to help students understand, recognize and assume more responsibility for their own safety at school,” McGee said.

“By engaging them this way, we hope to change the school culture and improve the school's learning environment,” he said.

The audit contains five surveys. Each can be administered to students individually or together with any or all of the others. Students wrote each survey in in clear, uncomplicated language designed to produce unambiguous answers.

Ideally, students will administer the surveys to other students and school administrators will use the information to foster and support further dialogue and planning, Thackston said.

Not every student is likely to be as interested or willing to share his or her opinions as those on the SAC, who tend to be student leaders, Thackston admitted. But the audit’s success doesn’t require total involvement, he added.

“Everybody and their brother doesn’t have to be behind this. There will be five, 10, 15 people who will talk about this, be serious about it and take it to the administration,” Thackston said.

Students will take the audit seriously if they see adults taking it seriously, added Eva Byerley, a junior at Lemont’s Mt. Assisi Academy.

“As long as the administration is behind it and makes it clear that it’s important and they want the information,” students will participate, she said.

“I mean, it’s our lives that we’re talking about,” Byerley said.

Student Advisory Council to the State Board of Education

2000-01 Membership List Information (as of 11/01/00)

 

Member Name, hometown

 

Class/Status

School Name, Address and

Telephone Number

 

Principal’s Name

 

County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny M. AuBuchon

Vernon Hills Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Libertyville High School

708 W. Park Ave.

Libertyville Illinois  60048

847/367-3100

 

Joseph Wojtena

 

Lake

 

Katherine A. Avery

Decatur Illinois 

 

Junior
Returning

 

MacArthur High School

1155 N. Fairview Ave.

Decatur Illinois  62522

217/424-3156

 

Edward Boehm

 

 

Macon

 

Eva M. Byerley

Lemont Illinois 

 

Junior
Returning

 

Mount Assisi Academy

Lemont Illinois  60439

630/257-7844

Sr. Mary Francis OSF

 

Cook

 

Kelli L. Barnard

Chenoa Illinois 

 

Sophomore
New

Chenoa  High School

700 South Division

Chenoa Illinois  61726

815/945-2361

Tom Bock

 

McLean

 

Gacob Nate Carter

Fairfield Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

Fairfield Community High School

300 W. King St.

Fairfield Illinois  62837

618/842-2649

Rena Talbert

 

Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krupal K. Desai

Springfield Illinois 

 

Junior
Returning

Springfield High School

101 S. Lewis

Springfield Illinois  62704

217/525-3100

Charles Flamini

Sangamon

 

Erin Dooly

Mulberry Grove Illinois

 

Junior
Returning

Mulberry Grove High School

801 West Wall St.

Mulberry Grove Illinois 62262

618/326-8221

John Denton

 

Bond

 

Mark R. Gleim

Mendota  Illinois 

Senior
Returning

Mendota High School

302 16th St.

Mendota Illinois  61342

815/539-7446

Robert Atherton

LaSalle

 

 

Ozie L. Goodwin

Harvey Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Thornton Township High School

15001 Broadway

Harvey Illinois  60426

708/225-4101

 

William O’Neal

 

Cook

 

 

Matthew G. Halvorson

Crete Illinois 

 

Junior

New

 

Crete Monee High School

760 W. Exchange

Crete Illinois  60417

708/672-2800

 

Kevin Carey

 

Will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Heffner

Chicago Illinois 

 

Junior
Returning

 

Chicago Vocational High School

2100 East 87th St.

Chicago Illinois  60617

773/535-6100

Phillip O’Bannon

Cook

 

 

Corrie Heck

Galesburg Illinois 

 

Junior
Returning

Galesburg High School

1135 W. Fremont St

Galesburg Illinois  61401

309/343-4146

Bill Scheffler

Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Johnson

East St. Louis Illinois 

Junior
Returning

East St. Louis Senior High School

4901 State St.

East St. Louis Illinois  62205

618/583-8200

Fonzy Coleman

St. Clair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin S. Kerr

Troy Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

Triad High School

9539 US Highway 40

St. Jacob Illinois  62281

618/667-8851

Michael Scroggins

 

Madison

 

 

Kyle M. Krejci

Villa Grove Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Villa Grove High School

400 N. Sycamore

Villa Grove Illinois  61956

217/832-2321

 

Bob Doan

 

 

Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Manriquez

Dolton Illinois 

 

Senior

Returning

Thornton Township High School

15001 Broadway

Harvey Illinois  60426

708/225-4101

William O’Neal

 

Cook

 

Muhammed Mekki

Riverwoods Illinois 

Senior

Returning

Deerfield High School

1959 Waukegan

Deerfield Illinois   60016

847/405-8470

Jon Crawford

 

Lake

 

 

Emily C. Melick

Danvers Illinois 

 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Olympia High School

RR 1, Box 149

Stanford Illinois  61774

309/379-5911

 

James Dunnan

 

 

McLean

 

Pete H. Mockaitis

Danville Illinois 

Junior

New

Danville High School

202 East Fairchild

Danville Illinois  61832

217/431-5461

Nanette Mellon

 

Vermilion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan A. Miranda

Chicago Illinois 

 

 

Crystal M. Myers

Macomb Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

 

Junior

New

Holy Trinity High School

1443 West Division St.

Chicago Illinois  60622

 

Macomb High School

1525 South Johnson

Macomb IL  61455

309/837-2331

 

Charlene Szumilas

 

 

 

 

Michael L. Sartore

Cook

 

 

 

 

McDonough

 

Imran Naeemullah

Barrington Illinois 

Senior

Returning

Barrington High School

616 W. Main St.

Barrington Illinois  60010

847/381-1400

Edward DeYoung

 

Lake

 

 

 

Erin L. Noble

Belleville Illinois 

 

 

 

Emily K. Pell

Rockford Illinois 

 

 

 

Senior
Returning

 

 

 

 

Senior

Returning

 

 

Belleville Twp. High School West

2600 W. Main St.

Belleville Illinois  62222

618/222-7500

 

 

Stillman Valley High School

425 S. Pine St.

Stillman Valley Illinois 61084

815/645-2291

 

Phillip Silsby

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Prusator

 

St. Clair

 

 

 

 

 

Ogle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana D. Petrovic

Geneva Illinois 

Senior
Returning

Geneva High School

415 Logan Ave.

Geneva Illinois  60134

630/262-2770

Gregory Fantozzi

 

Kane

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary L. Ross

Glen Ellyn Illinois 

Senior
Returning

Glenbard West High School

670 Crescent Ave.

Glen Ellyn Illinois  60137

630/469-8600

Pamela Zimmerman

 

DuPage

 

Meredith D. Seckman

Manito Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Midwest Central High School

910 S. Washington St.

Manito Illinois  61546

309/968-6766

 

Kathryn Cihlar

 

 

Mason

 

Joshua B. Thackston

Eldorado Illinois

 

Senior
Returning

 

Eldorado High School

2200 Illinois Ave.

Eldorado Illinois  62930

618/273-2881

 

Gary Siebert

 

 

Saline

 

Benjamin E. Thonar

Lockport Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

Lockport Township High School

1333 E. Seventh St.

Lockport Illinois  60441

815/588-8300

 

Robert Meader

 

 

Will


 

Gail E. Wolfmeyer

McHenry Illinois 

 

Senior
Returning

 

McHenry High School East

1012 N. Green St.

McHenry Illinois  60050

815/385-1145

 

Thomas Carl

 

 

McHenry