CLINTON - The six candidates vying for a seat on the Clinton School Board pleaded their cases to area voters Wednesday during a school board forum, less than two weeks from school board elections Sept. 10.
The forum was hosted by the City PTA and the Clinton Education Association for candidates to answer questions ranging from budget challenges to changes that could be made within the district. Candidates were allowed opening and closing statements and two minutes to answer each question, which they were not provided before the forum.
Incumbent candidate Gregg Obren was not at the forum, but he was given a chance to answer the questions under the same time constraints as the other candidates before the forum. His answers were read by moderator and Iowa PTA President Liz Mink.
Obren, along with fellow incumbents Missey Sullivan-Pope and Jack Wenzel, will face challengers Eric Gettes, Dana Evers and Eunice Schexnyder-Short for the four open seats on the board. Incumbent Mercia Wolf did not seek re-election.
The Clinton recreation director is pushing for his second term on the Clinton School Board, serving the past year as board president. He said his support to do what is best for the kids since being elected four years ago has not wavered.
His position as the director of the Clinton recreation department gives him an advantage in terms of familiarity with the school district, he said.
“I am seeking re-election because I have a good, solid, fundamental knowledge of the administration of the school district and through my job I have contact with students, staff, teachers and administrators on an extreme routine basis,” Obren said.
In his answers, which were given prior to the forum, he said the district’s facility, staff, faculty and programs are second to none and didn’t note any changes that needed to be made to the district’s curriculum.