Every two years when elections are held for seats on the School Board, candidates must face the candid questions posed by the students at
Santa Barbara Open Alternative School.
This year all four candidates—incumbent Kate Parker and challengers Dean Nevins, Loren Mason and Monique Limon—faced the student council questioners at a forum held yesterday at the public school.
Candidates fielded a dozen questions including:
What experience do you have working with children and in education?
Do you support outdoor education?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
When asked about their views of alternative education, all candidates expressed their support. Limon noted it’s good to have educational options; Parker said we’re lucky to have choices because kids are different; Mason added that he would like to see more vocational programs; Nevins, too, supported schools of choice.
Among those in the audience were Dr. Brian Sarvis, Superintendent of Schools and Gwen Phillips, one of the founding members of the school, which began 35 years ago. Students—first through eighth graders—might have been a little more fidgety than attendees at most forums, but were no less interested in what the candidates had to say