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ELECTION PREVIEW: District 186 Sub-district 5
If you think the Springfield Public School system is not heading in the right direction, you'll have a say in changing that next week. That's when you can cast a vote for the District 186 School Board.
Residents in sub-district 5 will have a new face representing them on the District 186 school board. Donna Moore faces Katharine Eastvold. We asked both candidates how they plan on improving the board's relationship with the next superintendent.
"You find common ground," Moore said. "You share your vision. Then, you work together to achieve that vision."
"It starts with getting the community involved in the selection process," Eastvold said. "Making sure we are selecting someone we know, we can work with, and most importantly, know the teachers and the administrators can work with."
The current board cut more than $6 million from the budget, but the next board still has millions more to go, to stop the district's bleeding financial picture. So what would these candidates look at cutting?
"I can't speak to any specific cuts, because from the outside looking in, we don't know everything that is on the table to cut," Moore said. "One thing I would like to propose is an efficiency study be done of the district."
"We need to do an audit of what everyone in that central office is doing," Eastvold said. "See if we are getting the best value and if all those positions are needed."
Sub-district 5 encompasses the central part of Springfield. What are the needs in that area?
"What I have heard from a lot of people is the salary of the superintendent," Moore said. "They want to make sure he is not overly paid."
"We have a trust deficit," Eastvold said. "We have to regain the trust of the community."
Election day is April 9.
See Andrew Hansen's raw interview with Katharine Eastvold.
See Andrew Hansen's raw interview with Donna Moore.