Greencastle-Antrim School Board candidates to debate tonight

GREENCASTLE – More than 10 candidates vying for a seat on the Greencastle-Antrim School Board will debate tonight at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 Kauffman Road East, hosted by the Franklin County Republican Committee.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the debates beginning at 7.

News Talk 103.7FM’s own Michele Jansen will moderate the debate.

There are four, four-year seats up for grabs on the school board and one, two-year seat available.

There are a number of issues facing school board members across the country right now, including budget concerns as to how districts will spend the stimulus money they’ve been given as well as curriculum issues, such as Critical Race Theory.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “These are all things that are very valid that board candidates need to answer. We need to get them on the record. What is there position on this?”

Additionally, do the candidates have any kind of a strategic plan for the district? What do they see happening in the future?

What are initiatives that they would like to try to implement if they get on the board?

How about contracts? What do they think about contracts and how it should work when they expire?

With more than 10 people on the stage tonight, Jansen plans to keep a close eye on the clock.

“We’re going to try to give some pretty strict rules to the audience,” she said. “If they want to hear lots of answers to many questions, they’ve got to not be responding, negatively or positively.”

So any kind of extended clapping or response from the audience will be curtailed so that the candidates can be heard.