The Responsibilities and Duties of Middle School Officers

Before running for office your child should know what's expected

The student government has certain rules and responsibilities they are responsible for.
Being on student government can teach your tween about leadership. Flickr/hepingting

One of the upsides of attending middle school is the opportunity to get involved in student government, or other leadership roles. If your tween is thinking about running for student council or for a specific position in school government, he or she should know a little about the job he or she may be elected to carry out. Below are some of the duties middle school officers might have. Keep in mind that these duties might be different from school to school.


What Middle School Officers Do

President: The middle school class president often has more responsibility than the other officers, but the president also has an interesting and challenging position. The president presides over all government meetings and works closely with the school administration and with parent boosters. The president also makes sure that the other class officers perform their duties and responsibilities. In addition, the class president may represent the school at functions outside of school, such as school board meetings, or in the community. 

Vice-President: The vice-president is responsible for taking over the duties of the president if the president is unable to perform them, or has to resign due to a move or a change of school. So, the vice-president may oversee meetings or functions if the president is out of town or sick from school. In addition, the vice-president is often in charge of decorating for school functions and for recruiting volunteers and delegating responsibilities to volunteer committees.


Secretary: The class secretary's main responsibility is to keep track of records or minutes from meetings, functions, projects, and activities. The class secretary is also in charge of communicating news to the student body, boosters, sponsors and to the school administration. If the student government sends out a newsletter or eblast, the secretary will most likely be responsible for that activity.


Treasurer: The class treasurer is responsible for the money of the class and for making sure that class projects or activities stay within the class budget. In addition, the treasurer makes sure that any bills are paid and accounted for. The treasurer also keeps records of financial transactions and communicates the budget and account balance to the administration and the other class members. 

Class Historian: The class historian is in charge of documenting the year by taking pictures, writing stories for the school newspaper and creating a scrapbook of class activities, functions, milestones, etc. The class historian also attends government meetings and supports other members of the student government. 

Class Committees: In addition to the student government officers various committees may help plan and execute various functions or activities throughout the year. For example, some schools have a decorating committee, a food committee, or an activities committee. If your tween wants to be involved in student government but isn't ready to hold office, or doesn't have the time to take on an office, volunteering for a committee might be a nice option. 

Note: If your child takes an interest in student government be sure to encourage him or her. Being involved in student government gives your child the chance to learn how government works and to make a difference at his school. It's also a wonderful way to learn leadership skills and to learn how to work with others.