One candidate turns out for Wake County School Board forum

September 12, 2013 8:25:08 PM PDT
Candidates were supposed to go head to head Thursday evening for a spot on the Wake County School Board, but only one showed up.

Candidate Matt Scruggs was not able to attend the event in Garner due to a scheduling conflict.

Scruggs' absence meant it was just Monika Johnson-Hostler at the podium for what turned into a question and answer session between her and the few dozen who were in attendance.

Among many things she talked about was the need to keep teaching assistants in lower grade levels, and support for special education classes. Johnston-Hostler also talked about the need to address overcrowding in classrooms and buildings that can't support the number of students within its walls.

These are just some of the issues she says would be helped by the more than $800 million bond coming up on the ballot.

"For me, it's important for people to know that the bond isn't just for buildings, but also for technology upgrades," said Johnson-Hostler. "Those two things together, for me, equal academic success for our kids."

That bond has been challenged publicly by the Wake County Republican Party as well as the Wake County Taxpayers Association.

Johnson-Hostler and Scruggs are running to replace John Tedesco, who is leaving his spot on the school board. He has said he wants to focus on his business and young family.

Voters will decide who gets that spot next month.

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