By Shawn Roney/Richmond News
curring topics of discussion during Monday night’s Hardin-Central Board of Education candidate forum in the school gym.
Lasting roughly 90 minutes, the forum began with opening statements from the seven candidates running to fill the two spots up for election on April 8: incumbent Kyle Foster, Jeff Doyle, Malcolm Cunningham, Stacy Nolker, Chantell Johnson, incumbent Jeff Smith and Kim Davidson. In introducing herself to the audience, Nolker discussed the importance of “overt communication” among board members, staff members and community residents to school districts. She also stressed the importance being technologically up-to-date.
“The use of technology in education has … (proved) to be extremely effective,” she said. “This is the way kids learn today – and we need to be on board with them.”
“We have to start with the district’s Internet (system),” Nolker added. “It has to work, it has to be faster. We need to have larger bandwidths in order to accommodate the larger amounts of data that … (go) along with technology.”
Johnson cited “communication between … the school and (the) community” and among “the parents, the students, everybody that’s involved” as one of the key areas where improvement is needed. She also suggested technological improvements were needed.
“I’d like to see our school give these students (of ours) an advantage (in pursuing an education) with technology, whether it’s in an educational trade school, going to a four-year college or just … going out and getting a job,” she said.
Sandwiched in between the opening statements and the candidates’ closing remarks, the candidates answered questions written and submitted by audience members and read aloud by moderator Kirk Thacker. The first question asked the candidates to provide their thoughts about addressing “the lack of communication” in the district and the district’s problematic Web site.