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, but not on negative personnel actions. Montgomery County is one of two counties in Maryland to give this position full voting rights. The SMOB is not paid, but receives a $5,000 college scholarship, Student Service Learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.
Listen to what students had to say about the importance of voting in this election:
Nicholas Asante, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, has been elected the Student Member of the Board of Education for the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Asante’s term begins on July 1, 2020.
All secondary students were eligible to vote virtually in the SMOB election and nearly 11,000 students cast ballots. Mr. Asante received 59 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Ms. Victoria Kidder, a junior at Col. Zadok Magruder High School, received 41 percent. This SMOB election was held remotely as a result of the extended emergency school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Asante will replace Mr. Tinbite, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, who will graduate in June.