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School board candidates’ respond to the public’s questions

At the Sept. 29 candidates forum West Life hosted for the seven persons running for three seats on the Westlake City Schools Board of Education, we asked audience members to submit written questions for the candidates. However, time limitations prevented most of them from being asked.

Therefore, West Life selected six of the submitted questions and passed them along to the seven candidates. We offered to post their unedited answers on West Life’s website.

The questions are:

1. What is your first priority – the taxpayers or the students?

2. What is your opinion about merit pay for teachers and how would merit be determined?

3. Have you attended many school board meetings in recent months? Have you attended many school activities, such as band concerts, school plays, etc., in recent months?

4. One questioner said when she worked at a polling location in Parma two years ago, she noticed teachers leaving school to hold signs for the ballot issue. Would you agree to a plan where citizens could monitor political activity in the schools in the weeks leading up to a school levy vote?

5. What is your position on House Bill 136, which would create a limited number of scholarships for students to attend nonpublic schools, for which eligibility would be based on family income. (Scholarships would be funded by deducting amounts from the state education aid provided to the student’s public school district.)

6. What is the best attribute of the Westlake City Schools?

Click on each candidate’s name below to read his or her answers:

Past West Life article:

Seven BOE candidates debate future of school district (Video included)



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