More than 170 people attended the Oct. 14 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and FutureHeights, I moderated both the CH-UH Board of Education and the Cleveland Heights City Council sections. Here are the questions that were asked of the Board of Education candidates. Candidates responded at the forum, but if they would like to post additional comments, I invite them to do so here (Please refer to the question you are responding to by number).
The City of Cleveland Heights video-taped the event. If you missed it (or just would like to see it again), it will air on the city’s cable channel (Channel 20) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily until the election. You can also view the video on the city’s YouTube channel.
If you were not able to attend the forum and have a question for any of the candidates, please post it here.
All School Board Candidates:
1. What can the Board do to not just encourage, but convince African American parents to become more engaged in their children’s education?
2. Will you encourage the school superintendent to hire a sustainability administrator?
3. How will you close the gaps between perception and reality of quality of our public schools?
4. How do you plan to attract new students and families?
5. Please name the last good book you have read?
6. Do you support retaining the union required policy of no study halls in the high school when union contract is renegotiated in 2016?
7. The past years have seen serious curtailment of school libraries, particularly at the elementary level. What is your position on restoring library services?
8. How do you see the relationship between public and private schools? What are the areas for support or competition with private schools?
9. What do you offer private school parents, and do you view those students as your responsibility as children in the district?
10. How do you propose to improve the diversity of students participating in our gifted programs?
11. How does the district deal with our money going for Ed-Choice vouchers?
12. What do you see as the primary advantage to be gained from the reconstruction of Heights High School?
13. To avoid raising taxes or raising them more than necessary, what budget items do you see as trim-able or cut-able?
1. Please tell us what your educational background is. It is not in the Voter’s Guide.
2. Could you please explain why you did not attend the interview of School Board candidates by the Media Group/Plain Dealer.
1. How familiar are you with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools?