MISD school board candidates speak to voters at forum

MISD school board candidates speak to voters at forum

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Carrasco Room at Midland College was packed for Thursday night's forum hosted by the League of Women voters in Midland the group's chair person, Patricia Stevens said this was about giving knowledge to the people.

"We need to be thinking ahead, more ahead than just a few months in term of how are we going to map this out," said Stevens.

The six candidates were given three minutes to answer questions from the issues with the budget to what they plan on changing if elected.
Ernie Garcia who's running for the District 1 seat said, "I think we need to address the issues we have hiring and retaining teachers. Also looking at some of the structures we have which includes possibly adding a third high school."

Margy House who's running for the District 7 seat said, "I would like to see teachers given more control over what's being taught or how it's being taught in their classrooms."

The incumbent on the District 1 seat, Robert Fuller said, "I want to make sure that I'm instrumental in helping to address academic achievement which is the obvious focus at this particular time at MISD."

The candidates stressed the importance of finding a new superintendent for the district and with each of them explaining their background and where they fit on the board, they hoped tonight's forum helped those in attendance understand the importance of the election in a few weeks.

Rachel Stone who's running for the District 4 seat said, "I am committed to my community. I've been here all my life and I've spent many, many years with MISD."

Bryan Murry who's also running for the District 7 seat said, "I want to make a difference for those kids. When I was a PTA president I liked the fact that I could walk into a school on a campus and the kids would light up."

John Kennedy who also is running for the District 4 seat said, "I want them to know that I've got a financial background so I can help with the budgetary needs because that's huge. I also have the desire and the time to make this school district great."

On November 8th, voters will have the hit the polls and decide the best candidates for the open seats.

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