Student discusses being on Leon County School Board: Masks, LGBTQ issues

Student discusses being on Leon County School Board: Masks, LGBTQ issues
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When Connor McCord accepted the position as the student member of the Leon County School Board, he wasn’t expecting hours-long meetings about masks and LGBTQ guides.

McCord, 18, just wanted to learn the inner workings of policy making. He still hadn’t learned how to tie a tie.

But by the end of the school year, the former Lincoln High School senior learned much more.

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Connor McCord poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in Tallahassee, Fla.

McCord sat on the dais, along with the five other school board members and the superintendent of Leon County Schools, and listened to hours of public comment. Those heated meetings about masks and the LGBTQ guide lasted until 9, 10 at night.

“It would eat up a lot of my time,” he said. Sometimes he would have to leave early to finish homework or study for an exam. But he didn’t complain.

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