School Board candidates forum to address arts, Oct. 15

The third biennial Seattle School Board Candidates Forum is part of the continuing efforts of the Office and Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee to promote increased arts education opportunities for all Seattle public school students.

The candidates forum is Monday, Oct. 15, at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St. on the Seattle Center campus. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments and meet Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools' new district manager of visual and performing arts. The candidates forum is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Paul de Barros, author and Seattle Times jazz critic, will moderate.

With a new superintendent at Seattle Public Schools and four of seven school board positions up for election, this is an important time of change for the district.

The Office is also proud to serve as a co-presenter of CityClub's Civic Participation Month. The lineup of events includes A Conversation with Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, a Sept. 25 luncheon forum, 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Washington Athletic Club introducing Seattle's new superintendent of schools. Mona Lee Locke, founder of the Foundation for Early Learning and Washington's former first lady, will moderate.

We encourage all who care about excellent public schools in our city to attend the Oct. 15 candidates forum and hear from the candidates.

The candidates are Peter Maier and Sally Soriano (incumbent) in District 1, Sherry Carr and Darlene Flynn (incumbent) in District 2, David Blomstrom and Harium Martin-Morris in District 3 and Maria G. Ramirez and Steve Sundquist in District 6.

Supervised art activities and pizza will be provided for school-age children. To sign up for this free service, call (206) 684-7372 by Oct. 10 to let us know the number of children attending.

The candidates forum is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters, ArtsEd Washington and the Washington State Arts Alliance, along with many other friends of arts education.

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