Boise High School student enters trustee race

A Boise High School student entered the race for Boise School Board.

“It is time for our district to listen to the students,” Shiva Rajbhandari wrote on his campaign webpage. “We deserve to take action on issues that matter to young people today, like climate change and the student mental health crisis.

Rajbhandari formally announces his candidacy on Tuesday, with an afternoon press conference scheduled at Boise High.

On his website, Rajbhandari pledged to push for later, “healthy” school start times, in line with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, and training teachers in climate education. “As an administrator, I will fight to ensure that all students are adequately prepared to deal with the climate crisis.”

A co-founder of a local youth arm of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion, Rajbhandari works for the Idaho Conservation League as a youth engagement coordinator. He was also active on education issues at the Statehouse, testifying before legislative committees and Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin’s Task Force on Indoctrination in Schools.

Rajbhandari is running for a two-year term in Boise’s No. 4 trustee race. The seat is held by Steve Schmidt, a mechanical engineer and parent named to the board in December.

Unlike most school districts, which hold their trustee elections in November, Boise operates on a pre-statehood governance charter. This charter provides for elections of administrators in September; in all, five director seats will be on the ballot on September 6the day after Labor Day.

The application period begins on Monday and ends on July 8.

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