I couldn't be happier to see students energetically pursuing more involvement in local government, and to see the Town Council welcoming them with open arms. There is clearly a need for more students to serve on Town advisory boards. But I have to ask: Where you been, students?
Student voter turnout in local elections seems to be getting worse, in spite of the fact that there have been candiates that were under 30 in the last 3 municipal elections, and an actual real-live student in the 2003 race! In fact, I campaigned on these issues myself in 1999, but got no traction with students.
So now they are asking for reserved seating on the Planning Board and boards. Students might want to try applying for it like every one else does.
I'll admit that the normal application process is bit cumbersome. But I applied and was appointed to the Transportation Board when I was a student in 1991. There were a few students serving on other boards on 1990's, not to mention one elected to the Town Council.
I don't recall any students applying for any seats we've filled on the Planning Board in the last couple of years that I've been on it, so I really don't think it's the Boards that have been keeping students out. Dare I mention the A-word?
Again, more power to 'em for wanting to to get involved. There is a real need for student involvement in local issues. But please, don't wait around for a gold-plated invitation. Students can have all they want (and more) with just a little effort.