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Parkway School Board Election: Submit Your Questions for Candidates

Patch will send questionnaires to the eight candidates running in the April election for two seats on the Parkway Board of Education. What questions should we include?

Eight candidates have filed to run for two seats on the Parkway School District Board of Education in the Apri 2 election. As we approach the election, Patch will send each candidate a questionnaire to help empower voters to cast their ballots for the candidates they believe in.

And we would like to include all of you in the process. 

What questions do you have for the candidates? Do you have a question about an issue in a particular school? Or would you like to know the candidates' viewpoints on a more general question for the whole district? 

Please share your questions in the comments section at the bottom of this article. We'll include as many as we can in our candidate questionnaire.

We ask that you please ask questions that are on point and deal with the issues — this is not a forum for personal attacks on one candidate or a specific issue.

What information do you need before heading into the voting booth? Please submit your questions here by noon on Friday, March 1. 

Nora Biggs February 27, 2013 at 05:19 PM
1. What is your direct experience with public education? At what levels are you most experienced (elementary, middle, high)? 2. What is your experience with budgets and making financial decisions for a large-scale institution? 3. How do you view the current state of education in Parkway (Board, Superintendant's office, admin, teachers, and students)? 4. What educational theories or philosophies do you follow? What professional publications have you recently read and agreed with/disagreed with? 5. Have you attended any education-related conferences in the past year? What have they been and what was your impression after? 6. Describe the last time you spent any prolonged experience physically in a Parkway school? 7. What are you committed to continuing/maintaining for Parkway? 8. What do you desire to change in Parkway?
Megan Denell Huether February 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Manchester Arts, understanding that the arts support student achievement and prepare young people for the workforce, applauds the Parkway School District for its strong K-12 arts programs. What role should the arts play in a student's education? What would you do to protect, strengthen, and celebrate the arts programs within the Parkway School District? (Recently The Washington Post highlighted the contributions of arts education: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/) Submitted by Manchester Arts
parkwaydad March 01, 2013 at 04:45 PM
1. If elected, what will you tell families hurt by the Parkway Board's decision to racially divide and segregate families by race with colored people PTOs and non-colored (white) PTOs? How will you reverse the Board's Jim Crow offense to our community; or do you agree that racial division is necessary and that 'separate but equal' is sometimes good for Parkway? Considering I raised my children to be color-blind, what lesson do you as a Board member want to teach by example? What do you advise we mixed families do when our own Board divides us from each other and separates us from our neighbors? Will you choose color-blind unity or continue this Board's racially divisive "people of color" approach to policy, practice, and problem solving? 2. If elected, will you make your complete voting record public and transparent, unlike current Board practice? Hope these questions are not censored away by the School Board.
crs March 01, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Have you participated in partnerships with the Parkway Board members, and if so, in what regard; if not, in what ways would you, endeavor to solve the misdirection of Parkway funds intended for education, and financial problems? How would your presence on the School Board affect the Board directed segregation of white and non-white families? Shouldn't our school directors be COLOR BLIND as Parkway communities and families are?

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