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Six people are running for four seats on the Summit School District Board of Education Nov. 4. Who wins will say how voting goes on the seven-person panel.

Do you know who’s running? If you do, who represents your views?

A good way to find out is to attend a school board forum 7 p.m. Thursday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco. The forum is sponsored jointly by the Summit County Republican and Democratic central committees. The election is nonpartisan.

The newly constituted school board will have a full agenda, both financial and educational.

On the business side, the members direct a $24 million education budget and a construction program that relies on a special mill levy that puts about $7.9 million cash financing on the table.

The mill levy also directs another $2.1 million into the general fund for maintenance and technology.

The mill levy needs to be renewed in 2004. Voters will have a lot of questions. Should it fail, the 10-year construction and renovation program will be stopped one third of the way through.

What might be worse, maintenance and technology would have to be funded from general revenues, which will cause the district to trim educational programs.

On the art of education, the new board will be responsible to follow through on a new commitment to higher standards in our schools. Some candidates believe in kindergarten and preschool, but both those programs charge fees which inhibit participation.

Voters should attend the forum to hear what Stuart Adams, Jim Shaw, Jay Brunvand, Ruth Hertzberg, Jon Kreamelmeyer and Robert Bowers think about their prospective jobs.


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