A+ Coalition plans public forum, learn about School Board candidates

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The A+ Coalition, an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, mailed the questions (SEE BELOW) to each School Board candidate on Oct. 4, giving them 2 weeks to reply with their written responses.

The intent is to provide the public with relevant information to help inform their vote in time for early voting, October 23 – 30 (not Sunday 28th), and on election day, November 6, 2018. Candidates’ answers received by the deadline will be published on October 22.

The Coalition has also scheduled a Candidate Forum, to take place at the Natchitoches Arts Center Building at 716 2nd Street on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm. Candidates will each be given three minutes to speak. The Forum will be live streamed.

The Chamber does not endorse any candidates but does support policies that align with A+ Coalition Goals, outlined below. By the end of the 2025-2026 school year:

Zero C, D or F schools in the district
50% mastery or better on 3-8 assessments
More than 50% of students should graduate with some form of dual enrollment credit
District ACT score ≥ 21
95% graduation rate

For more information about the A+ Coalition and how you can get involved, visit apluscoalition.com.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire

What experience do you have with complicated budgets? When you are given a very lengthy budget for the district, what will be your process to determine if it is a good budget for the system?

In an era of more limited financial resources, how will you enlist support for bond issues or public-school spending from conservative voters or taxpayers with no children in the public schools? How can the school board prove itself accountable to those citizens?

In your view, what has the district done well over last five years? What has the district done poorly that you would change? Please provide specific examples.

You represent a specific part of Natchitoches Parish—how will you balance the needs of your specific constituents with the needs of the overall school district?

If a parent or a principal comes to you regarding, for example, a maintenance issue at a campus or a situation involving a particular teacher, how do you see your role as a school board member in resolving that issue?

Consider the goals of the A+ Coalition, listed on the attached cover letter; do you believe those are achievable goals? Why or why not? Are any of particular importance to you? Why?

One thought on “A+ Coalition plans public forum, learn about School Board candidates

  1. I wish someone had asked these questions of all SB candidates during the last two election cycles. Too many misunderstand the Board’s role in making policy for the operation of a multimillion dollar business.

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