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Open forum scheduled for EPISD board candidates


POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:10pm

In light of recent scandals in many of our school districts, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce has decided to do something about it. The Chamber partnered with multiple TV stations and other media to host an open forum next month, in advance of the upcoming school board elections.

The forum is scheduled for April 16th at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Auditorium from 5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.

It's meant to be an open forum for the candidates running for positions on the EPISD school board. Parents feel it is a step in the right direction.

"We want it to be a board where there's no hidden background, no hidden agencies, where there's clarity," said EPISD parent Perla Michel.

Schood board elections are on May 11th and three positions are open on EPISD's board of trustees.

The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and El Paso Community College are partnering with KTSM and our sister station KDBC, and other media to host a candidate forum.

"It's definitely a step forward. I mean unfortunately these news candidates, they need to prove themselves, for people that have done wrong before. So they're in the hot seat, so they do have a lot of work to do. People over all need to be held to higher standards," said EPISD parent Sylvia Rabelo.

It's all part of a move towards transparency and voter turnout.

"So really our two biggest goals are to get the votes out in larger numbers to vote and then to hopefully elect people to those seats that we think as a community could do the best job," said Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce CEO, Richard Dayoub.

The public will have the opportunity to submit questions that will then be asked by a moderator.

Perla Michel hopes the call to attention will help prevent another cheating scandal.

"If anyone had really looked they would've seen Lorenzo Garcia, when he was in the Dallas Independent School District also had problems with ethics," said Michel.

Rabelo says she votes during every election and looks forward to the open forum in April.

"What's in the best interest of the community and overall students. How are they gonna fix what's been broken in the past," said Rabelo.




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