MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Schools staff associations sponsored a Meet the (School Board) Candidates event Tuesday, and about 40 individuals turned out to hear what the candidates — Mary Rugola-Dye, Daniel Hamman and Stephen Thompson — had to say.
Each candidate, in turn, gave opening remarks, answered the same specific questions and gave closing comments. The candidates were sequestered until it was his or her turn to be on stage.
The questions, which the candidates did not see before they were asked, ran the gamut from national- or state- level education issues that affect the local schools to handling parent or community member complaints about a school to outsourcing school jobs.
In his opening remarks, incumbent Thompson said one of the reasons he is running for re-election is to give back to the community. Hamman said he believes instruction begins in the home, and schools should support the home morals and values. Rugola-Dye said it is important to teach to the whole child, not just to the intellect.
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