Guest blogger Latasha Myers is an intern at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund for the summer. She is working with coalition partners to make the public aware of the Duval County School Board Elections and inform the community about the candidates that are running.
Duval County School Board candidate forums take place Monday and Tuesday!
While the nation’s attention for the last year has no doubt been turned towards the presidential campaigns, here in Duval County we haven’t forgotten about local elections, which have a great impact on our everyday lives. Among many other elected offices, community members will be voting August 30 for new school board members in Districts 5 and 7.
The Duval County School Board is a crucial group of elected officials that have a big impact on our children and our community as a whole. The School Board is the official policy-making body for all education-related issues in Duval County Public Schools. One of the most important roles of the seven school board members is to appoint and oversee the superintendent, as well as make decisions on classroom curriculum, some budget allocations, among other important responsibilities.
In an effort to educate the community about their choices for school board and promote the importance of voting in school board elections, a coalition of 23 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations will be hosting public forums this week for each district. All are welcome to attend, and we encourage the audience to ask their questions to the candidates.
District 5 Candidate Forum
Monday, August 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Edwards Waters College - Milne Auditorium
1658 Kings Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32209
District 7 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, August 9
6:00 - 8:00pm
Mandarin High School – Auditorium
4831 Greenland Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258
We would love to see you there! But if you can’t make it, Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s Facebook page will provide a link for a live stream of the event. You can also tweet your questions in using the hashtag #SchoolBoard2016.
Education-related issues affect everyone in our community. When Duval County students graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, our city, our state and our country become more vibrant and economically strong.
To learn more about candidates’ views before the forum, check out their answers to a candidate questionnaire. You can find responses from the District 5 candidates here, and District 7 candidates here.