A few Prince William County students may be feeling more informed after a recent town hall meeting.
Kate Arnold, a Hylton High School senior and student representative for Prince William County Public Schools’ (PWCS) School Board, led a meeting at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, according to a release.
School Board member Alyson Satterwhite and Battlefield High School Principal Ryan Ferrara attended the meeting.
PWCS Superintendent Steve Walts’ proposed fiscal 2019 budget and school renovations were among the topics covered.
“Though our attendance was a bit on the smaller side, we ended up having a much more intimate conversation in the form of a round table discussion,” Arnold said in a release. “As well as having an honest conversation with students about happenings in and around their school, I gained a great amount of insight from the conversation, and I look forward to talking with many more students in the future.”
The students also discussed mental health.
“The most personally impactful conversation we had was that of mental health in public schools,” Arnold said. “This county is home to high-achieving students, and as we push them to achieve more than ever before, we must also offer them support for any issues intrinsic or extrinsic stress may cause.”
Arnold is interested in expanding mental health programs.
Additional town hall meetings have been scheduled. Here are the dates, times and locations of the meetings:
- Potomac District town hall meeting – 6:00 p.m., March 1, at Forest Park High School
- Coles District town hall meeting – 6:30 p.m., March 15, at Hylton High School
- Brentsville District town hall meeting – 6 p.m., March 22, at Brentsville District High School