Pasco School Board candidates offer a few new ideas during debate
All 12 candidates for Pasco School Board turned out late Thursday for a low-key debate attended largely by family members and friends wearing t-shirts supporting their preferred hopeful.
For the most part, the discussions revealed little new. In several instances, it became clear that the candidates shared nearly identical views. All three men running for the District 5 seat agreed, for instance, that the state's class size amendment needs revisions. Every candidate also took swipes at lawmakers for imposing mandates without providing money to implement the new requirements.
Still, there were a few new ideas that came out during the forum. Among them:
- District 3 candidate Anthony Terranova proposed cutting the pay of all district employees who make more than $75,000 annually, contending that could save $6 million.
- District 4 candidate Steve Kanakis suggested eliminating all overtime pay for the year as a cost-cutting measure.
- District 5 candidate Mark Swartsel called for a cost-benefit analysis of implementing a four-day school week.
The aspirants still have 11 days to make their case before the Aug. 24 election. The top two vote getters in each district will head to a general election if no one receives more than 50 percent of the ballots.