Two years ago, the Leonia Board of Education passed a policy allowing the addition of two elected Student Board Members. At their November meeting, Leonia High School Student Board Representatives Senior Dennis Bajanov (right) and Junior, Chris Morello (left), introduced the first student drafted resolution. The Student Representatives decided to take on one of the most significant issues confronting America’s youth, vaping.
Specifically, their resolution calls for increased educational events both inside the classroom and through school assemblies. Notably, the resolution also calls for the installation of anonymous drop boxes for students to safely turn over their vaping products.
After their presentation, the Leonia Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the resolution.
The Board applauded the hard work of Mr. Morello and Mr. Bajanov and over the next several months, will determine precisely how to execute the proposals.
Regarding the student’s resolution, Superintendent Dr. Edward Bertolini said, “We are proud of the leadership of our Student Representatives on the Board of Education. The Leonia School District is attempting to be proactive in reducing vaping by our students.”
Board of Education President Bryce Robins also said during the meeting, “Perhaps the best people to fight the vaping epidemic are the very students who deal with this issue every day.”