The six at-large candidates for the Clay Community School Board of Trustees met with members of the public for the final time Thursday prior to Tuesday's Primary election.
The candidates, Barbara Nicoson, Rob Miller, Amy Adams, Ron Scherb, Philip Greenwell and Leo Southworth, conducted a question and answer session with members of the Clay County Senior Citizens Center.
This was the third forum the candidates have been involved in. One forum took place at Brazil City Hall March 5, while the second took place at the Clay City First Financial Bank Community Building March 14.
The candidates were offered the opportunity to briefly tell the audience about themselves before the question/answer session began.
When asked what they would want to try to change within the corporation, all six had quick responses.
"I would like to make the board meetings a little more open to the public," Miller said. "But obviously, we can't have a free-for-all."
"We really need to change the way we do things," Southworth said, suggesting the corporation look from within but look at other corporations as well.
Scherb told the audience he wanted to be proactive rather than reactive.
"We need to study our costs," he said. "And we need to see where we can cut costs now."
Scherb added he had no interest in cutting teachers, but looking into administration or other items could be a possibility.
Adams said she had visited with principals at the schools and hoped to add more to the corporation in order to keep "Teacher's skills sharp."
"I want to focus on the quality of education," she said.
Greenwell said after the current building renovation project is completed, he did not want to see another project, but said the bus barn had to be a priority.
Others agreed regarding the bus garage.
"They need a new facility," Southworth said.
"We need to do something about the bus garage," Adams added, specifying education would still be the top priority.
All six candidates agreed students in the Clay Community School Corporation are receiving a very good education.
"I think you hear people are frustrated with part of it, but I think we have good schools," Miller said. "The graduation rate is improving but anything can be better."
"It's not that bad," Nicoson added. "My experience has been with Clay City, but when they graduated, they were ready for college."
Adams said during her visits to some of the schools, she has been impressed.
"I saw what I needed to see," she said. "I saw good interaction. I think we have a wonderful school system."
Greenwell and Southworth all agreed.
"I feel the students in Clay County are getting a great education," Greenwell said.
"We are rated higher than average in the state," Southworth said, "but there's always room for improvement. There are always things we can do better. But it could be a lot worse."