Questions for Prospective School Board Candidates
Community members need to know as much as possible about a candidate. These questions should help prospective school board members think about the broad range of issues that come before a school board.
Background/Reasons for Seeking Election
- Why are you running for the Board of Education? If elected, what will be your priorities?
- Is there a particular issue that motivates you to serve on the board of education?
- What particular experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member?
- In what school district or community activities/organizations have you been involved?
- Why should you be elected to the Board of Education?
- What differentiates you from the other candidates and/or board members?
- Are you running with any organized slate of candidates?
- Have you received any donations or endorsements from any group(s)? If so, which groups?
- How will you promote your school board candidacy?
Board of Education Governance
- What attributes and behaviors are essential for school board members?
- What do you see as the primary work of the board of education?
- What is a school board member’s role and responsibility? How does that role differ from the role of the superintendent or administration?
- How can a school board know if its goals are being accomplished and its policies are being implemented?
- What is the best way to address differences of opinion on the board or between the board and the administration?
- Could you support a board decision you did not vote in favor of? Why or why not?
- How can the board be accessible to the community? To specific community groups?
- What is the public relations role of the board?
- How can a board of education best communicate with its constituent groups?
- What issues do you believe your district needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?
- What should your school district do to better prepare students as citizens?
- What can be done to improve student achievement and ensure everyone who graduates is college-ready?
- What is the role of schools in teaching children about topics such as: sex education, cyber-safety, AIDS, wellness, bullying?
- What are your thoughts on your school district's programs for special education students, English Language Learners (ELL), and gifted students?
School Board Issues:
- What is your vision for education in this community?
- What do you see as the major issue(s) facing your school district? Public education?
- What are your areas of concern regarding student achievement in your district?
- Do you have specific suggestions for improvement?
- Given all the issues that arise, how can the board stay focused on student achievement?
- How does a school board balance the need to provide a quality education with the need to respond to the local taxpayer burden?
- What are your thoughts on the current and the proposed budget for your school district?
- As a board member, where would you look to make budget cuts?
- Are there any areas you would not consider cutting?
- How would you determine your budget priorities?
- What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?