Board Continues to Welcome Student Leadership

The Goochland County School Board is pleased to welcome a new student representative to the board, Jaymi Bell. Ms. Bell is an eleventh grader at Goochland High School and comes to the new position with principal Michael Newman’s highest accolades.

Jaymi Bell, GHS Junior, addresses the board after their unanimous approval of her appointment as student board member.

Matt Austin, a senior, completed his final meeting as student board member December 9th, during which time board chair, Michael Payne, passed the gavel to Austin and allowed him to lead the entire meeting. Mr. Austin was the recipient of the VSBA Scholarship Award, awarded to only three individuals in Virginia and presented during the annual conference in Williamsburg in November.

“These students bring an invaluable contribution to our work as a board,” explained Mr. Payne. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to partner with the students and to get an authentic view of what’s going on in our schools through their eyes.”

Front, L to R: exiting student member, Matt Austin, newly appointed student member, Jaymi Bell, Jaymi’s mother, Princess Bell, Bath Hardy.
Back, L to R: Kevin Hazard, John Wright, John Lumpkins, superintendent James Lane.


Jamie Bell will assume her seat on the school board for the first time during the January 13, 2015 school board meeting.

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