Parma Council of PTAs to host Board of Education candidates night Sept. 29 –

Parma Senior High School. (John Benson/
PARMA, Ohio — The Parma Council of PTAs’ Board of Education candidates night is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 29) at the Parma Senior High School Little Theater.
“Everything that I’ve heard, people are very interested in the candidates night,” Parma Council of PTAs President Melissa Wolfe said. “We have eight candidates running, so that’s quite a bit.”
Invited to the forum will be those candidates seeking a four-year term, which includes incumbents Amanda M. Karpus, John Schweitzer and Steven Vaughn, as well as contenders Michelle Burgos, Horatiu Lungu and Mark Ruda.
Also invited are Cyndee Bratz and Michael Johns, who are vying to fill the remaining two-year term of former Board of Education member Karen S. Dendorfer, who died early this year. Bratz was appointed to fill the seat in late 2020.
Board members earn $125 per meeting ($5,000 maximum earnings in a calendar year).
While attendance is open to the public, the event also will be live-streamed and recorded. Questions for the candidates may be submitted via notecards or submitted online in advance.
“Obviously, we want the candidates to be answering questions that the community wants to know the answer to and not just ones we come up with,” Wolfe said. “A lot of the questions will probably surround the current trends with schooling, as well as Parma’s failed (strategic consolidation levy), consolidating the schools and rehabbing the old buildings.
“I think those will be the hot topics. The community will want to know what the candidate’s future vision of Parma City Schools looks like and what they’ll be supporting.”
The event falls squarely into the Parma Council of PTAs’ mission statement.
“The mission of the PTA is to advocate for all children,” said Wolfe, a Parma resident. “We just want the community to be educated and have a chance to get to know those who are running for the important seats that will be determining the future of our kids.”
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