BCSC Candidate Forums Scheduled Online

Local teachers’ organizations are hosting two virtual events to help voters learn more about the 11 people running for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp school board.

The Columbus Educators Association (CEA) and the Bartholomew County Retired Teachers Association (BARTA) will co-host School Board Candidate Forums from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29.

All candidates for the BCSC Board of Directors have agreed to participate in the forums, which will be held via Zoom. CEA officials said these sessions will also be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

“We appreciate the candidates taking the time to speak with current and retired educators,” CAOT Second Vice President Dakota Hudelson said in an official statement. “We hope to provide a platform for applicants to share their unique visions for BCSC schools.”

The September 27 forum will feature candidates from District 1 (Anakarina Hurtado, Jason Major and David Vincent) and District 2 (incumbents Rich Stenner and Roy West). Members of the public can register to watch the event live at bit.ly/BoardForum12.

The September 29 session will feature candidates from District 4 (Dale Nowlin and Eric Grow) and District 6 (incumbent Kathy Dayhoff-Dwyer, Mark Douglas, Cheryl Miles-Vieth and Logan Schulz). Registration is available at bit.ly/BoardForum46.

Members of the public are invited to submit questions to applicants, which can be done via a Google form at bit.ly/BoardForumQuestions.

A team of current and retired teachers will review the submissions and select the final questions for the forums. Organizers said that due to time constraints and anticipated interest, it is unlikely that all questions submitted will be asked.

CEA and BARTA held a similar event during the 2020 BCSC Board of Directors elections, with candidates answering questions submitted by CEA members.