NCMS is proud to partner with the City of Conover to establish a “Youth Council.” Under the direction of Bryan Dellinger and Kim Kaylor, twenty middle school students attend the City Council meetings each month and explore a topic of interest that relates to some aspect of Conover city government. The idea for the council started as a conversation between Kyle Hayman and Ms. Kaylor. The students applied for a position on the council and provided a teacher reference to support their candidacy. Twenty students were selected from all three grades and have explored thus far the topics of Community/ School Policing and Recycling.
At each council meeting one student serves as the “Mayor ” of Conover with six others acting as councilpersons. Three students present a view of the topic that is countered by another group of three students. The debate is lively, and the actual members of the council provide additional background and critiques of the presentations. This experience has been a tremendous learning experience for all of the students.