League of Women Voters Forum – USD 383 candidates

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The six USD 383 school board candidates participated in the League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County candidate forum Sunday, heard on News Radio KMAN. Below are the questions and responses from each candidate, along with opening and closing statements.

Opening Statements

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

 

      Morris-Hardeman Opening Statement

Steven Ruzzin

 

      Ruzzin Opening Statement

Karla Hagemeister

 

      Hagemeister Opening Statement

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

 

      Mattingly-Ebert Opening Statement

Teresa Parks

 

      Parks Opening Statement

Christine Weixelman

 

      Weixelman Opening Statement

1. What actions will you take to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate for students, family and staff of USD 383?

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 1

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 1

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 1

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 1

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 1

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 1

2. USD 383 is being monitored for improvement for students who aren’t meeting expectations, including African-American, homeless, English language learners and disabled students. In addition, a disproportionate number of African American and Special Education students are in in-school and out-of-school suspension. What role do you think the board has in improving these situations?

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 2

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 2

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 2

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 2

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 2

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 2

3. The district’s pandemic response team recommended mask wearing through Oct. 22. Do you support this plan, and what sources of information will you use to guide your decisions?

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 3

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 3

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 3

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 3

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 3

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 3

4. Evidence shows that sexually transmitted infections are increasing in Riley County, specifically in the younger population – middle school and high school aged children. What changes do you suggest for ending and reversing this trend?

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 4

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 4

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 4

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 4

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 4

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 4

5. As you survey available financial resources, what shifts would you propose in funding? How would you fund these priorities?

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 5

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 5

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 5

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 5

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 5

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 5

6. What, if anything would you change about school security?

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman - Question 6

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin - Question 6

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister - Question 6

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert - Question 6

Teresa Parks

      Parks - Question 6

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman - Question 6

Closing Statements

Steven Ruzzin

      Ruzzin Closing Statement

Karla Hagemeister

      Hagemeister Closing Statement

Betty Mattingly-Ebert

      Mattingly-Ebert Closing Statement

Teresa Parks

      Parks Closing Statement

Christine Weixelman

      Weixelman Closing Statement

Jayme Morris-Hardeman

      Morris-Hardeman Closing Statement
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