Tonight’s School Board candidate forum will be held at the Stardust Ballroom on Backus Street at 6:30 PM.
The Beechwood forum questioned candidates on;
support of the budget – Campos and Evans supporting
neighborhood schools – all in favor
transparency – all in favor
condom distribution in schools – Evans, and Flagler against, the others in support with counseling and parent “opt out” caveats.
administrative evaluation – all agreed on a more stringent process
racial achievement gap – all agreed there is a problem
choice for new superintendent – Campos, Flagler, Adams, and Hodgins prefer a Rochester native.
Candidates Howard Eagle, Wallace Smith, and Glenny Williams did not attend this forum.
The Threshold forum, hosted by Rochester’s youth constituency concentrated on the health issues and problems of teens. Insight into candidate positions on those specific issues were more personal than political. Incumbents Campos and Evans did not attend this forum however, incumbents Powell and Allen Williams were in strong opposition with regards to the effectiveness and efficiency of the current sitting Board with Powell supporting Board decisions.
The issue of condom accessibility in schools was again addressed with Howard Eagle wanting more information on the issue, Smith favoring community support, and Glenny Williams being against. Collaboration with the community, another reoccurring issue, was supported by Eagle, Smith and Williams.
When deciding which candidates should receive your vote it is important to align their views with yours. However, it is more important to know and understand the views of all candidates so that regardless of who wins the election, they can be held accountable for their actions and decisions.
Four Board positions are “up for grabs” and four positions represent a majority vote. Incumbents Evans and Powell have consistently voted yes on the budget. Though Powell voted “No” on the 2011-12 budget it was because, as she stated, her vote “doesn’t matter” because it had already been approved. The district is $70 million dollars in debt.
Our process of government gives citizens the power to remove ineffective leaders and vote new leaders into office. We must begin to exercise our rights and responsibilities as citizens if we truly want change.
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