School Board candidates to participate in forum
Candidates for the Lansing School Board have been invited to take part in a candidate forum cosponsored by the Lansing Education Association and The Lansing Current.
The forum, the first of the 2005 election season, will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the auditorium at Lansing Middle School, 509 Ida St.
The six candidates each will be given time for opening and closing statements; in between they will answer questions posed to them by a moderator.
"This will be a great opportunity for district patrons to come out and hear firsthand from the candidates their views of Lansing schools and how they would approach their duties as board members," said John Taylor, editor of The Current.
Five candidates - Gary Courtney, incumbent Stuart Lyon, Rob Nicholas, Mike Nielsen and Beth Stevenson - are battling for three seats on the board in the April 5 election. The sixth candidate, Karalin Alsdurf, is running unopposed for the right to retain the seat she was appointed to in August 2004, when Michelle Fattig-Smith moved out of the district and left the board. A condition of the midterm appointment was that the seat, with a term that doesn't expire until 2007, would be put up for election in 2005.
Two other candidate forums are scheduled later this month.
A forum sponsored by the Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce is set for 9 a.m. March 26 at Leavenworth City Hall. Candidates for the Lansing School Board and City Council and for the Leavenworth City Commission and School Board have been invited to participate.
At 1:30 p.m. March 26, Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring a forum for Lansing City Council and School Board candidates. The forum is scheduled to be in the Lansing Community Center.