After three months on the job, one of Fort Smith Public Schools' new superintendent's plans for the upcoming school year is to create an organization designed to get feedback from students, he said.

"We really want to have a set time and a set group that I can meet with and interact with periodically throughout the year to talk about their perceptions of our school district," Superintendent Doug Brubaker said.

The other purpose in creating a student advisory council is to help students learn about some of the issues, such as legislation and finances, that affect the district, he said.

"Part of the education process is learning how to be an informed citizen," Brubaker said.

The council will be open to junior high and high school students, said Zena Featherston Marshall, director of communication and community partnerships.

The district has received about 30 applications from students in ninth- through 12th-grades and is no longer accepting applications for the fall, she said.

Although there are no specific requirements other than grade level for students who may be a part of the council, the goal is to have students who represent different facets of the student body, Featherston Marshall said.

"We want a good mix of young people," she said, stating that the district wants students with a variety of interests such as music, student government or science.