Five of the seven candidates for School Committee candidates took part in a candidates forum Thursday, Oct. 16, at New England Tech. Hosted by East Greenwich News, the event was sponsored by the EG Chamber of Commerce and the EG Rotary Club and moderated by ABC6 newsman Mark Curtis. The candidates were Michael Fain, Christen Meyer, David Osborne, Jack Sommer and Yan Sun.
Candidates David Green and Mary Ellen Winter were unable to attend due to previous commitments.
The forum is available for viewing on the EG News youtube channel in segments (Opening Statements are above):
Keeping Costs Down – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYEWcd7Jfyw
Later School Start Times – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBETefBS7GU
All-Day Kindergarten – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grIhqPQN4Aw
Status of District’s Strategic Plan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i6ukBvmSho
Closing Statements – (to come later today)
The forum will also be aired in full (following the Town Council candidates forum) on Cox Channel 17 and Verizon Channel 37 five times before the Nov. 4 election, starting Monday, Oct. 20:
I was hoping to hear what the other school committee candidates had to say. Green did attend the all day K forum but not the candidates forum and Winters was not present at either. It does concern me that something this important should be a priority for all candidates running for school committee. I have no idea what they think about an all day K or much of anything else. Maybe it’s time for a change and we need some new, innovative thinkers on the school committee instead of status quo.
A different school committee member is assigned to each ad hoc committee. It’s likely that Green was there because it’s his committee and there was really no need to other members to go. The point of the ad hoc is to gather all of the financial info and community input and present it all to the School Committee.
And remember, no one on the School Committee has said they are against full day K. They are waiting for the ad hoc to work out the numbers and then they have to see if they can make it work.