PTA will host school board candidates at forum Wednesday

The Milford PTA Council invites all Milford residents to a Board of Education Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, October 23, at the Jonathan Law High School auditorium.

The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be moderated by local radio celebrity Brian Smith. The 20 endorsed candidates for the Board of Education will answer randomly selected questions and share their views on the future of the Milford school system.

The school board members who are elected this Nov. 5 will have the responsibility of administering an approximate $89 million operating budget for the Milford Public Schools. They also will consider several top-priority educational issues currently affecting Milford, such as the Long Range Planning Study, the Special Education Review, and the Common Core State Standards, among many others, PTA officials pointed out.

“The BOE Candidate's Forum will give the public an opportunity to learn what the candidates believe about these and other important educational issues affecting Milford,” the PTA said in a prepared press release.

Candidates will have the opportunity at the beginning of the forum to give a brief introductory statement. From there, pairs of candidates — one from each political party — will be asked a question chosen at random from a list submitted by the various Parent Teacher Associations from throughout Milford

Each candidate will have three minutes to answer that question. Then, another pair will be asked another question chosen from that list, and so on.

In addition to the questions asked at the event, the PTA Council will be handing out a booklet of collected responses to a few broad-based questions that were submitted to all candidates in advance. This booklet will give concerned citizens the chance to learn even more about the people running for office.

Council President Carol Thomas said she expects a great turnout, especially with so many big issues on the table.

“For the citizens of Milford to make an informed decision on Election Day, they deserve every opportunity to learn about the candidates and the issues,” Thomas said. “The Milford PTA Council coordinates this forum every two years to allow the public to hear directly from their Board of Education candidates. We believe it is essential to provide this service to the community, and we hope our fellow citizens, our neighbors, will join us for this interesting program.”

The Milford PTA Council represents approximately 1,500 members of the schools' PTA and PTO units in Milford and serves as their advocate to city leaders and state legislators on educational and family issues.