Candidates for the Juneau School District Board of Education recently fielded questions on the major issues.
Incumbent Phyllis Carlson, Michelle Johnston, Will Muldoon, Destiny Sargent, and incumbent Andi Story, are running for three open seats that each have three-year terms.
The following audio files include relevant excerpts of forums organized by the League of Women Voters on September 19th and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on September 20th. During both forums, candidates addressed a variety of issues such as the pupil-to-teacher ratio, busing, delayed start time, and nurses in the schools.iFriendly Audio of LWV forum moderated by Barbara Belknap. iFriendly Audio of Chamber forum moderated by Lance Stephens.
Candidate Will Muldoon did not participate in both forums and candidate Destiny Sargent did not participate in the Chamber forum.
The municipal election is October 2nd.
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