The A+ Coalition, an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, mailed the following questions to each School Board candidate on October 4 with a deadline to reply of October 18. Of the 23 candidates running, 13 submitted responses to the questionnaire. Of the ten who did not reply, two are running unopposed. You can view each candidate’s response below.
The intent was to provide the public with relevant information to help inform their vote in time for early voting, October 23 – 30 (excluding Sunday 28), and on Election Day, November 6, 2018.
- 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?
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
Rhonda E. Guidroz – School-Board-Candidate-Questionnaire-Rhonda-Guidroz
Carla Rachal – Did Not Respond
Thurman J. Baptiste Sr. – Did Not Respond
Harry Graham – Did Not Respond
Bernard “B.J.” Johnson – Did Not Respond
Tan’Keia Palmer – Did Not Respond
Katrina Demars – School-Board-Candidate-Questionnaire-Katrina-Demars
Dorthy McGaskey – Did Not Respond- District 3 – McGaskey – Received 10/22/18
Katrina Fowler Willis – Unopposed/Did Not Respond
“Reba” Phelps – Questionnaire-Phelps
Elvin L. Shields – Did Not Respond
Shelby Borders – Did Not Respond – District 9 – Borders – Received 10/23/18
Beverly J. Broadway – A-plus-coalition-response-Beverly-Broadway
Carroll E. Daniels – School-Board-Candidate-Questionnaire-Carroll-Daniels
Russell “Russ” Danzy – Unopposed/Did Not Respond
“Jed” Cain – Jed-Cain-District-11-2018-A-School-Board-Candidate-Questionnaire
Emile E. Metoyer Sr. – School-Board-Candidate-Questionnaire-Emile-Metoyer
For more information about the A+ Coalition and how you can get involved, visit apluscoalition.com.
The A+ Coalition will hold a School Board Candidate Forum, to take place at the Natchitoches Arts Center Building at 716 2nd Street on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 pm. Candidates will each be given three minutes to speak.
The Forum will be live streamed on the Natchitoches Parish Journal.