In Butler County, 10 candidates are running in the democratic primary for the school board. We talked to parents and community members about what they want to see happen for the school system.
Many people say they are ready for fresh perspectives on the school board, and after hiring a new superintendent this year, they believe the school system is on the right track going into the elections.
There are the 10 candidates vying for five seats on the Butler County School Board. The only candidate not facing opposition in the primary is Brandon Sellers, who is running for District 3.
After several months of controversy over the superintendent position, many people say they now have a leader they believe is up to the task, and they hope the elections will bring more change, "I think some of the current board members that we have have gotten comfortable in their positions. They are stale in their positions and it gives us something new to choose from," says Butler County parent, Aliana Norman.
Veronica Worsley adds, "A lot of the older members, you know, they do things the older way, and like I said, times are faster, the kids are smarter, so you need people to keep up with the kids these days."
Two of the five seats will be open; three incumbents are running for reelection. People also say they hope any new board members will be active in the schools and find creative ways to improve the system, "Participating and showing up and doing different things in the school system. Every school, not only one school," says Shauna Mobley, another Butler County parent.
A political forum is being held on May 22nd at L.B.W.'s Wendell Mitchell Conference Center where the public is invited to ask questions of all candidates.
The primary elections will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd.