Student talks about being on the Leon County School Board: Masks, LGBTQ issues

When Connor McCord accepted the position as a 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 policymaking. 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 five other school board members and the Leon County Superintendent of Schools, and listened to hours of public comment. Those heated meetings about masks and LGBTQ guidance lasted until 9, 10 p.m.

“It would be very time consuming,” he said. Sometimes he had to leave early to finish homework or study for a test. But he didn’t complain.

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