people are running for a seat on the Toledo Public School Board, which means
there are many choices for voters.
eight candidates are vying for only three open seats. They participated in an
hour-long debate Wednesday morning.
Parker is a local pastor and father of three TPS students.
strength that I want to bring to the board is that community alliance," Parker
said. "I believe that education is the foundation of a thriving community, but
we need partnership. If we come together as partners, and we invest into our
children, then our children have the ability to invest back into our community."
Taylor-Gerken has more than 30 years invested in TPS. She has played different
roles, including secretary and school psychologist.
think that we need to continue to expand the social/emotional learning
initiatives, and the positive behavior supports that will reach more kids, and
keep more kids in the classroom," she said.
Varwig has been a part of the TPS family for more than 15 years as a parent,
and is from an entire family of TPS graduates. Varwig says she is most
interested in creating opportunities for students.
opportunity, family engagement – that's a priority," she said. "I've done that
for the last 15 years and I'm going to continue to do it."
Henold has called Toledo home since 1987, except for the nine years she spent
in Romania as a missionary. She also wants to focus on the students.
need to work really hard and get a lot of people involved in helping children
learn to read because that's the cornerstone of their education," she said. "Once
a child can learn to read, the sky is the limit."
only incumbent in the race is Bob Vasquez. He has served the district since
2008. He says he was chosen to lead the effort to implement recommendations
from a recent performance audit.
other thing is the transformation plan," Vasquez said. "I was there at the
beginning of the transformation plan, working with the administration and
others, and I want to make sure that I see that through."
Lefevre is a teacher at Sylvania Northview, but a resident of Toledo, with
children that graduated from TPS. He says he wants to address the district's
want to do that from the very early ages," he said. "We know that students that
are reading at grade-level at the first grade are successful in high school. We
need to work on pre-school reading programs."
Green is a member of the Lucas County Democratic Party's executive committee, a
husband of a TPS teacher, and father of a TPS student. He is concerned with the
number of students lost to charter schools.
are we going to stop the outflow of children leaving, going to parochial schools,
Catholic schools and charter schools? We need to start showing the positives in
Toledo Public Schools, and showing people that we are making changes. Toledo
Public Schools is the best choice for the citizens and children of Toledo," he
thing all the candidates mentioned was that the ballot is stacked with people
that have the best interest of the students at heart.
The eighth candidate, Darryl
Fingers, was not available for questions.