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District B Candidate Forum Scheduled for Oct. 8

The North Ridge Citizens Association is organizing an event for Alexandria School Board candidates.

A forum for candidates running for Alexandria School Board in District B will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Beverley Hills Community United Methodist Church, located at 3512 Old Dominion Blvd.

The North Ridge Citizens Association is organizing the event.

Five candidates are running for school board in District B: Kelly Carmichael Booz, Michael Brookbank, Chyrell Bucksell, Justin Keating and Marc Williams. Williams is the lone incumbent candidate in the district. All five have agreed to attend the Oct. 8 forum.

Chris Yianilos withdrew his candidacy from District B in August, citing family health issues.

Voters in each of the three Alexandria school board districts will vote for up to three candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Just three District C candidates—incumbent Ronnie Campbell, former school board member Pat Hennig and newcomer Chris Lewis—remain in the race after Jeff Zack dropped out in late August. All three are guaranteed a spot on the nine-seat school board.

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Edmund Lewis September 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM
The candidates should address spending within ACPS. While the Superintendent loves to taught the line that ACPS spends most of its budget on salaries, a majority of the public would be shocked to learn of the amount of administrative salaries paid in a district so small. They would be equally as shocked to learn that teachers in Alexandria are taking home LESS pay this year because the Superintendent has shifted more retirement, health, and life insurance costs onto our children's teachers. How can the School Board justify this treatment of the men and women entrusted with guiding our children? How can they spend hundreds of thousands on consultants and take money out of the paychecks of teachers? How can they ask more of teachers in all areas and not compensate them for their hard work? How can they expect quality education while paying subpar wages? This is shameful and must be addressed.

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