With no music, theater, or foreign language, the schools in Sandoval, Ill., don’t offer kids much to put on a college resume. Kade Gambill, 17, defies that. The junior is the school board’s first student member and he tried to rally support for a new school funding bill in Springfield.
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He accompanied his district’s superintendent, Jennifer Garrison. “We have cut over 20 percent of our teaching staff,” said Garrison, “we have cut over 20 percent of our non-certified staff. Building-level administrators, we have cut 50 percent. Central office staff, we have cut 50 percent.” Extracurricular activities are run by volunteers.While Gambill and Garrison are pushing for a change that would direct most state school dollars based on need, Gambill is upbeat about the future: “I believe the teachers and the administration both push everybody to move on as far as they’d like to go,” he said after his appearance at a Capitol news conference.