AUSTIN (KXAN) — This November voters will have some big decisions to make when it comes to city leaders. In addition to deciding on a new Austin city council and mayor, voters will also elect a new Austin school board. Wednesday night the public can meet the candidates. A total of 18 candidates are vying for five different districts. Current board member Robert Schneider is the only incumbent seeking reelection.
One reason the school board is so important is because they shape what happens at 128 schools in the district, impacting about 85,000 students. And this year a new superintendent will be selected. The current board president Vincent Torres said earlier this year that the current board will likely identify the candidate but the next board will vote on that person’s appointment to the job.
Wednesday night the Coalition to Strengthen Austin Urban Schools will hold a public forum so voters can get to know the candidates. All of the candidates will talk about what they feel are the two most important issues facing the school board and what the qualities they want in the next superintendent.
“So it’s very important this time around that parents be very aware of that and be aware of who the candidates are, and what their priorities are, and what their values are, and how they view public education,” said Lorie Barzano, Coalition to Strengthen Austin Urban Schools.
The public forum happens Wednesday night at Space 12 in the 3100 block of east 12th Street from 7 to 9p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.