By Curt Yeomans
The leaders of the Clayton County Council of PTAs is hoping a large number of people will show up for a forum on Monday to see at least a dozen board of education candidates answer questions about their backgrounds.
Beverly Vann-Woods, the coordinator and moderator for the forum, said she will "probe" the candidates about their beliefs and goals as potential board of education members. She said the council is holding the forum to fulfill its obligation to keep parents, students and teachers informed about what is going on within the school system.
The forum will take place from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., and it will be held at New Macedonia Baptist Church, 7725 Hwy. 85, Riverdale.
"This is an opportunity to meet the candidates who will [potentially] be running the board of education and making decisions which affect our children," Vann-Woods said. "It is very important that we, as voters, make informed decisions when we elect these people."
Candidates were still RSVPing with Vann-Woods and Cyd Cox, president of the Clayton County Council of PTA's on Friday, but invitations to participate were extended to all 34 people running for the seven open school board seats.
Vann-Woods and Cox said they expect more candidates will RSVP throughout the weekend and early on Monday as organizers make phone calls and re-extend invitations. Incumbent District 2 board member, Lois Baines-Hunter, is among the twelve candidates who confirmed their participation by Friday morning, Cox said.
Each candidate will be allowed one minute to give an introductory statement, and an additional minute at the end of the forum to give a closing statement. Vann-Woods said the candidates will be grouped by district, and they will come on to the church's stage, one district at a time, to answer questions.
Also on Monday, the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association, will host a forum for candidates running for district attorney, sheriff, solicitor general, and those seeking open seats on the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, and in the State House and Senate.
That forum will begin at 6:15 p.m., in the theater room of Clayton State University's Arts and Sciences Building in Morrow.