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State College School-Board Forum Set for Oct. 18; AAUW, to Co-host

by on October 04, 2011 4:53 PM

A local nonprofit organization has teamed with this fall to help inform voters about the State College Area school-board race.

On Oct. 18, the website and the State College branch of the American Association of University Women will co-host a public candidate forum. Open to all eight announced board candidates, the roughly 90-minute forum will center on the defining issues before the school district.

It's scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.

"With our public schools facing so many critical questions -- including about vouchers, budget reductions and evolving curricula -- we want to help educate State College-area voters before the Nov. 8 general election," AAUW branch Co-President Candace Davison said. "We've adopted a less-traditional, more-directed format to help incorporate a wide variety of relevant issues into the evening's discussions. We're asking community members to relay their questions and topics of discussion ahead of time."

Adam Smeltz, the senior editor and a news reporter at, will moderate the forum. District Judge Carmine Prestia will serve as timekeeper.

In the meantime, is accepting suggested forum questions from the public. They may be submitted via e-mail to [email protected]

Readers' suggestions will be used in the development of a formal question list for the forum. Each question will be directed to a particular candidate or group of candidates; each allotted response period will be adjusted to reflect the complexity of the given question.

Questions will not be accepted from the audience floor on the evening of the forum, though the gathering will be open to the public. It will be recorded and shown later on C-NET, including through the C-NET website.

Patton Township, the Borough of State College and C-NET are cooperating partners in the forum.

Candidates in the school-board race are competing for five seats on the nine-seat body. They are incumbents Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk and Dorothea Stahl, and challengers Dave Cannon, Amber Concepcion, Lydia Glick, Samuel Settle and Laurel Zydney.

Board members are not paid for their district work and serve four-year terms.

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