Dozens of people gathered Thursday evening to listen to the thirteen candidates running for Calhoun County Board of Education express their opinions on a number of topics. One issue candidates discussed is the declining enrollment numbers in the county. Current board president, Mike Almaroad says when he started, 29 years ago, there were 12,000 students enrolled, but now there are only 8,800.
Republican candidate Carl Hinton says the board should offer students more, by having art electives and a strong career tech program. Another topic was school safety. Law enforcement officer, Brian Casey says Calhoun County lacks a School Resource Officer program.
Police Officer Michael Webb also commented by saying… “our police station is 10 times more secure than our schools. Let’s lock them down and make sure they’re safe.”
Only seven of the 13 candidates will make it on to the ballot for the general election.