Westborough Youth Commission Looks To Add Student Members

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A warrant article is being drawn up by Town Manager Jim Malloy to add four high school positions to Westborough's Youth Commission.
A warrant article is being drawn up by Town Manager Jim Malloy to add four high school positions to Westborough's Youth Commission. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — High school-age students have helped the Westborough Youth Commission for the past six years, and now they may become voting members of the board. 

Westborough's selectmen voted Tuesday night to have Town Manager Jim Malloy draw up a warrant article for the March Town Meeting that would create four youth positions on the commission. 

"We already kind of consider them associate members," Youth Commission Chair Michelle Grasso said. "They're at every single meeting." 

The five-member commission would be expanded to nine, with four two-year alternating terms for the youth positions. Per a proposal by Grasso, two of the positions would be for juniors and the other two for seniors. 

Students have been volunteering as non-voting members, and it is a natural progression to add them as voters, she said. 

"They are going to bring a fresh perspective," Grasso said. 

Selectmen Denny Drewry, noting that he was thrilled to get high school volunteers involved, said he was also concerned that nearly half the committee would be students. He pointed to choosing a committee chairman and budgeting as possible concerns. 

"I think it's important to at least put it on the table and have us mull it over," Drewry said. Teens would need only one adult member to vote with them to decide how the board acts, he said. 

That shouldn't be an issue, said commission members at Tuesday's meeting, because the students' help is vital to the success of the Youth Commission.

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