CMU Hosts School Board Candidate Forum
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday evening the public was invited to hear from candidates running for the District 51 school board. The forum was hosted by Colorado Mesa University's Associated Student Government in conjunction with Strong Schools, Strong Community.
There was a packed house at the University Ballroom, filled with students, teachers, parents and other community members.
Candidates were asked four questions by the panel, which they were given ahead of time, plus several questions from the audience.
One hot button issue included budget cuts. Candidates were asked, 'If School District 51 faced further cuts, how would you propose handling them?' Some candidates agreed that both increasing fees and classroom sizes may be necessary.
Another question was, 'what major issues do you see in education and also here in District 51?' A lack of funding and resources were two issues recognized by the candidates.
This forum was a unique way for the community to hear what these contenders plan to bring to the table.
A representative with Strong Schools, Strong Community said, "It's very important to us that everybody gets to hear from all of the candidates, so we can have a good understanding of where everyone's coming from."
Ariel Diamond, president of ASG, said, "You know, most students at Colorado Mesa University can vote. So these things not only affect the students but the community as a whole."
Mail-in ballots will be sent out on Oct. 15.