MANCHESTER, NH — For those wanting to learn more about the platforms and policies supported by the various school board candidates, they are actively engaging in public forums.
On Oct. 19, nine candidates gathered at the Nackey Loeb School for a two-hour session (see the complete video above) during which they fielded a series of questions submitted by audience members and moderated by NH State Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.
Candidates in attendance included:
Kelly Thomas, Ward 12
Jon DiPietro, Ward 6
Lisa Freeman, Ward 5 (incumbent)
Jimmy Lehoux, Ward 8
Art Beaudry, Ward 9 (incumbent)
Mary Georges, Ward 3 (incumbent)
Leslie Want, Ward 4 (incumbent)
David Scannell, Ward 2
Mark Flanders, Ward 4
Rich Girard, (incumbent at large)
A second candidate roundtable is planned for Oct. 26 at UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St., Room 201, from 6-8 p.m. The forum, hosted by Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP), is designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to hear from students about issues that are important to them.
“Student voice offers a perspective that is often lost, and the forum allows students, parents, and teachers to learn about candidates that will lead our city to make public education better. The forum empowers students to help influence policy that is beneficial to both students and schools,” said Sue Chretien, a retired school teacher.