Unique forum to let students question school board candidates

Stonington — A candidates forum in which high school students will ask questions of the five people running for four seats on the Board of Education will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Superintendent of Schools Van Riley said representatives of the Democratic and Republican town committees approached him about holding a forum for school board candidates. He said the idea then developed to have students ask the questions, especially since some of them are new voters and the school is trying to get them interested in participating in government.

“The idea is that they are the customers. They are the recipients of whatever the school board does. So let them ask the questions,” he said.

Expected to participate in the forum are the five candidates running for the four-year terms. They are incumbent Democrats Gail MacDonald and Alisa C. Morrison as well as newcomer Terry Stefanski. MacDonald is currently the board chairwoman. The Republican candidates are incumbent Faith Leitner along with Alexa Garvey.

Meanwhile the first of two debates for those running for first selectmen and Board of Selectmen will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Community Center. The second is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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