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Recently, Barrington resident Bruce Byrne reached out in hopes of getting more information about the candidates in the upcoming school board election. After a short discussion, we settled on the traditional “Letter to the Editor” format so he could ask his questions directly in this public forum. This is a first for the Barrington Bulletin, but I’m always interested in increased community involvement. So If anyone else is interested in writing a letter to the editor, please contact me directly at email@example.com. Write a letter to get a question answered, to say thanks to a neighbor or for some other reason.
Questions for candidates
In June, the Barrington Bulletin published the names of the candidates who filed for the Barrington Board of Education posts and invited them to comment on their candidacies. To date, there has been no follow-up.
In an effort to spur some level of communication for an election that is less than a month off, would any or all of the candidates care to make a pitch for their elections? The order they will appear on the ballot are: Mindy Berwick, Robert J. Klopp (incumbent), Carla J. Bolling (incumbent and board VP), and Holly McCauley.
To get the ball rolling, I’ve cribbed and adapted questions from the League of Women Voters for other municipalities. I’d encourage other Barrington voters to amend this list of questions if they so choose.
Questions for Barrington School Board candidates:
1. How many years have you lived in the Barrington School District?
2. How many children in your family attend or have attended Barrington schools?
3. How many school board meetings have you attended in the last two years?
4. In what capacities have you evaluated budgets?
5. What non-budget interests or skills can you bring to the school board?
6. What are the two or three greatest challenges facing the Barrington School District, and how should we address them?
Thanks in advance to board candidates for their responses.
The author of the Barrington Bulletin, Mark Correa, is also a member of the Barrington School District Board of Education as of Jan. 6, 2013. Please be aware that I do not speak for the board in any way. The thoughts, views and opinions contained within the posts on this site are mine and mine alone. And the comments after any given posts are the thoughts, views and opinions of the author of the comment.
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