We trust you. We respect you. And gosh darn it, we want our student council members to be easily accessible, too.
The district handed out 26 cell phones to members of Metro's student advisory council to promote communication between students and the grown-ups who govern them.
Assistant Superintendent Ralph M. Thompson says the phones also let the students know that their role as advisers is taken seriously.
"This is a leadership position … most leaders are equipped with some form of communication," he said. "I told them when we gave them the phone, 'We trust you.' If you want to build trust, you have to give trust."
Advisory council members are encouraged to use the phones to call one another and discuss meeting times or council business. But students are not allowed to use the phones during school hours, and must abide by existing cell phone guidelines.
Students are given 500 minutes a month, no text messaging, and are responsible for any overage charges or personal calls.