Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education candidates wrapped up their last forum Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Six of the seven candidates attended the forum hosted by the Hogan Farms Precinct of Orange County Democratic Party at the Lake Hogan Farms Club House in Chapel Hill.
James Barrett, Jamezetta Bedford, Mia Burroughs, Kris Castellano, Mike Kelley and Annetta Streater attended. Raymond Conrad was unable to attend because he was out of town.
During the forum candidates were asked about the pressure put on students, budget cuts, solutions for narrowing the achievement gap and about the proposed sales tax.
The candidates have similar views on the issues the district will have to deal with in the coming years.
Additional budget cuts are a real possibility and will most likely be felt in the classroom, narrowing the achievement gap is going to take more time and effort from teachers and the sales tax is needed to make repairs on old school facilities.
The school board in Chapel Hill and Carrboro is unique because we all have a similar vision, said James Barrett.
With the candidates united on many of the issues, this election is going to come down to who voters think will do the best job.
"(Voters will have to) decide who will be the most effective," Barrett said.
Five candidates will be elected on Nov. 8. The candidate with the least amount of votes will be awarded a two-year term while the rest will receive four-year terms.
Look for more details on the CHCCS Board of Education Candidates in Sunday's Chapel Hill News.