Sherry was up first. She spoke in a clear, professional manner. The host was pretty blunt in asking her why she should be returned to office when the State Auditor called out lack of oversight as a problem in the recent audits. She said they "embraced the feedback" and created a governance project to implement a stronger governance structure for SPS.
She also said - twice - that central administration has been cut by one-third over the past three years. (Again, central adm is NOT central office; it is many more staff that do not work out of headquarters. It's something to be aware of as the election goes forward.)
Jack Whelan was next and was a little tentative at first but he carried his message through about needing change because of the lack of oversight from the Board. He said the Board needed to be a little more "suspicious" of what is going on. He thought they needed a "trust but verify" mentality. The host challenged him about what he would do differently and he said increase Board support by having some interns for the Board.
Kate Martin spoke calmly and clearly about the need for the focus to be on students and schools and not the district management. She spoke of the need for help for ALL students - upper, remedial and those in the middle who can get overlooked. She talked about social promotion that gets students moved on but left further behind academically. She also talked about more outreach to families.