Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board. Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election. Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.
And it's a crowded field with ten candidates running, and four year seats going to the top four.
The Ann Arbor PTO Council is using their annual launch party as an opportunity to have a school board candidate mixer and forum. PTO Council Vice-Chair Lauren Steele says the organization's over-arching theme for the year will be included in the discussion. "What is a quality education and how do we define a quality education. It is an issue that has been puzzling lawmakers for years. So we're hoping to build on that theme as part of our questions," Steele says.
While a lot of attention is being paid to the proposed Whitmore Lake Public Schools Annexation, Steele hopes the forum will get into other issues that matter as voters will be choosing board members to serve for years.
Tonight's event kicks off at 6:30 at Haisley Elmentary School.