Apparently we owe a big thank you to the hosts for not only plugging our parent blog, but also having 3 of the 6 questions focus on the blog. Readers, what do you think? Is this the best use of time for the candidates and attendees? Ok, we can't lie - we love the publicity - but the attention should have been on the major issues our district is facing.
Since we know for a fact that none of the current board members or candidates are "the Bloggers," it strikes us as a bit odd that 1/2 of the questions they were asked focused on the blog. Why not ask a question about the upcoming teachers' contract negotiations, which will be one of the first and major tasks the new board will undertake, since the current contract will expire in 15 months? Why not ask a question about each candidate's understanding of the tax levy process and what approach they will take in setting the next levy? Why not ask each candidate to discuss the state of the district finances, which Turek described as currently having a "balanced budget," when in fact the last fiscal year (2013-2014) ended in a $1.28 million deficit (See 6/23/14 Amended Budget Report)? All of these topics, would have been more relevant to the campaign issues.
But thank you, Clarendon Courier, for the free publicity. We appreciate it. And to our Readers, please share the link to the video by email, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, so the candidates (and the blog) will get more coverage!