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Alameda Schools: Candidates Forum Set for 10/19

Alameda’s PTAs and the Alameda Education Foundation are co-hosting a forum of candidates running for the Alameda Unified School Board at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, in the Alameda High School Cafeteria (not in the Little Theater).

Four candidates have confirmed their participation — Mike McMahon, James Pruitt, Margie Sherrat and Rand Wrobel. (Sheri Palmer withdrew from the election on October 12.) There are two open seats on the board to be filled.

According to the AEF, the format for the event will be as follows:

6:30 p.m.: Opening remarks from Christine Strena, president, PTA Council (PTAC); and introduction by Bill Sonneman, president, Alameda Education Foundation (AEF).

6:35 p.m.: Opening statements from the candidates (one minute each).

6:40 – 8:15 p.m.: Candidates respond to five questions from the public; these have already been submitted and reviewed by the AEF and PTAC.

8:20 p.m.: Closing statements of 2 minutes each.

For those who cannot attend the discussion, PTAC says the candidates forum will be video-taped and then posted on the AEF website.

Also, while some candidates for the Alameda City Council and mayor’s office are pledging to support the schools (always a good thing), it is the school board that has the greatest impact on the Island’s educational system.

Janet Levaux

  • scott

    I am so glad that there is a renewed focus on our schools. The movie about bad teachers is a sign that people are so unable to accept responsibility for their own in-action that they blame those doing the work. A significant issue in all of this concerns the difficulty of people to come together and get stuff done because we are so out of practice doing it. We need the people in the community to help the schools. ALL the people. This takes coordination and planning. It is very hard to get a group together to agree how to improve education and more difficult to get them to act together. This is why so many sat on the sidelines and just paid taxes. There are more people who have volunteered and quit than are still in the game because it is hard to work together. First plan on how to work together, then call the big meeting asking for more help.Take small steps but keep stepping!