Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has said that one of his goals for the new school year is to communicate more with parents. Yesterday he added students to his list, too.
In an exchange during Mr. Walcott's visit to Susan E. Wagner high school on Staten Island, at the end of his back-to-school tour, the chancellor asked student leaders what he could do to improve their high school experiences.
"Aside from money, how could I as chancellor make your high school life better?" he said.
Wagner's student government president, Deborah Kim, 17, a senior, said she wanted more communication.
"It's really an honor to have you here," she said. "But quite honestly, it's very hard to know who the chancellor is, what the chancellor wants to do, his goals for us. So I feel like as student government, how can we lead the student government if we don't hear the goals of the chancellor?"
Mr. Walcott said he would look into asking principals to provide his office with the e-mails and Web sites of student governments. "It would be difficult for me to say I would be out here on a regular basis, but I could definitely communicate with you," he said.
The Department of Education did not elaborate yesterday on the chancellor's remarks. A spokeswoman for Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, said, “We think it’s admirable that the Chancellor is trying to develop a relationship with student governments.”
Seventeen-year-old Sofya Zeylikman, another senior on the Wagner student government, said she liked the idea, too.
"We kind of need to know what the students want from us and we also need to know what the administration wants from us," she said. "Our job is to put those two together and try to make the school environment as enjoyable for everyone as possible."