Student Leadership → Student Member of the Board
The Student Member of the Board (SMOB) is a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The SMOB can vote on matters related to collective bargaining, capital and operating budgets, and school closings, reopenings and boundaries. The SMOB cannot vote on negative personnel actions. The SMOB is not paid, but receives a $5,000 college scholarship, Student Service Learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.
Students exercised their right to vote on April 24, 2019 and elected Nathaniel Tinbite, a junior at John F. Kennedy High School, as the next Student Member of the Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Tinbite’s term begins on July 1, 2019. All secondary students were eligible to vote in the SMOB election and 85.19 percent cast ballots. Mr. Tinbite received 74 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Zoe Tishaev, a junior at Clarksburg High School, received 26 percent.
2019 SMOB Election Results
2019 SMOB Election Results by School
Mr. Tinbite currently serves as president of the Montgomery County Regional (MCR) Student Government Association (SGA), and is a founding member of MoCo for Change. He also served as the MCR vice president and chief of staff for former SMOB, Matthew Post. Mr. Tinbite will replace the current SMOB, Ananya Tadikonda, a senior from Richard Montgomery High School who will graduate in June.
Listen to what students had to say about the importance of voting in this election:
Ms. Tadikonda is the 41st student member of the Board of Education. She is a member of the Board's Fiscal Management Committee and the Policy Management Committee.
2018 SMOB Election Results
2018 SMOB Election Results by School