By DONNA B. STINNETT, City of Henderson Public Information Officer
HENDERSON, Ky. -- The items on the agenda for the “commission” meeting were pressing and controversial.
To be considered:
Surprisingly, and after some thoughtful debate on the pros and cons, pets won’t be allowed at school, everyone will have to pay $1 for lunch and there will be no candy and soda for those who ace the reading.
All of these hot topics were dealt with at a mock City Commission meeting that took place in the real City of Henderson Board of Commissioners Assembly Room during a downtown field trip for third-graders from East Heights Elementary School in early May.
City Commissioner Brad Staton and Mayor Steve Austin gave the students a basic civics lesson in how City government works before the visiting citizens elected a Mayor and seated four commissioners, a city attorney, a city manager and a city clerk to help decide the matters on the agenda.
Two citizens were drafted to be on the “pro” side and the “con” side of each issue, and then the students talked it out and decided what they wanted to do.