Clark Magnet High School students injected a bit of color into the Glendale Unified School Board race, quizzing candidates during a forum on Friday about program cuts, creationism in the classroom and tuition-based summer school.
The questions came during a biannual forum hosted by Clark Magnet history teacher Nick Doom and his students. Launched during the 2005 school board race, it allows students direct access to those who will be setting the policy that shapes their educational experience in Glendale, Doom said.
The forum also generates creative, student-specific prompts that aren’t typically aired at traditional events.
Six of the eight school board candidates — including incumbents Nayiri Nahabedian and Mary Boger, and challengers Jennifer Freemon, Daniel Cabrera, Todd Hunt, Vahik Satoorian — participated. Challengers Ingrid Gunnell and Ami Fox did not attend.
With Glendale Unified facing as much as $8 million in funding cuts to its 2011-12 budget, the conversation returned again and again to financial management. Candidates were asked to prioritize extracurricular activities, arts programs or sports teams for elimination. None of the six directly answered the question, stating instead that they would hate to lose any of the three.