Candidates for the vacant Bakersfield City School Board seat representing Area 3, had a chance Thursday, to meet face-to-face with the community members they’ll be serving.
Last may, Ray Gonzales left his seat on the board because of health issues.
The four remaining members of the board initially chose to appoint a new member, but at their July meeting, could not agree on who, leading to the need for a special election.
Only two of the four candidates — Edgar Aguilasocho and Vicky Billington — attended Thursday’s forum hosted by the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Among the topics discussed were buses, student safety, discrimination toward LGBTQ students, active shooter situations and immigration.
17 News asked the candidates what they would bring to the school board.
Edgar Aguilasocho said:
“I want to be there to put our children first, to make sure they receive the best education as possible. I want to make i want to work actively with our parents to make sure we have maximum community involvement and i want to make sure the schools are, the student achievement is growing and the achievement gap is shrinking”
Vicki Billington told 17 News:
“I want to be able to go out and visit the classrooms and see what’s going on in the classrooms. I want safe schools. I want every child to succeed no matter what socioeconomic status is. I just want to be there to make sure the funds are going to the right places and make good decisions and get our community involved and the parents the teachers the children all involved.”
The special election will be held April 10.
Organizers said Ralph Anthony declined the invitation to Thursday’s forum and Rupert Gregorio never responded.