Student school board rep from Dundalk makes his debut
Muhumuza: Work hard and even sacrifice some, in the pursuit of a better life for others
Josh Muhumuza, the Dundalk High rising senior who is the new student representative to the Baltimore County School Board, made his debut last week during the board meeting of July 14.
In spirit, if not physically. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school board “met” virtually.
After being introduced by county school Superintendent Darryl L. Williams, Muhumuza introduced himself and two resolutions. Both passed.
“Josh has distinguished himself both academically and through community service,” Williams said.
Muhumuza talked about immigrating from east Africa, where he lived in Rwanda and Uganda, with his family 10 years ago when he was 80 years old.
“What I remember of the moment, wasn’t just the fear of the unknown but the hope and optimism I had for this new journey,” he said.
He recounted the message he learned from his mother: “Work hard and even sacrifice some, in
the pursuit of a better life for others.
“As us Gen Z’ers like to say: ‘Don’t be a Boomer.’ And for those wondering what that means, you don’t have to Google it, or even go on Tik-Tok. Just listen to what BCPS is calling on you to do.”
Muhumuza introduced a motion to name the, to that point unnamed, Equity resolution the “Black Lives Matter” resolution.
“This is an important resolution, and important to title it as such,” he said.
After some debate as to whether it was appropriate for a non-partisan group like the school board to use a name associated with an incorporated political organization without stating the board does not endorse or condone the actions of that organization, the motion passed.
Muhumuza then made a motion to have the superintendent investigate a potential prohibition by the Board of hate speech and symbols such as, but not limited to, Confederate flags and Swastikas.
The superintendent would present the results of his investigation to the Board by January 19, 2021.
“The reason for this motion is because this issue has been prevalent in our county for a very long time,” Muhumuza said. “Yes, there are laws that give out superintendent and principals the right to prohibit certain dress attire, but as you know, the dress code is not being enforced formally and consistently.
“Our dress policy alludes to this, but is not as clear and concise regarding symbols; sometimes students abuse this policy.”
The superintendent would supply data, and the county legal council would be able to look over it thoroughly.
The motion also carried.
Dundalk High School rising senior Josh Muhumuza, the elected student representative to the county school board, made his board meeting debut last week.