WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) For the first time, all nine Pitt County School Board seats are up for grabs.
To help the community get a better understanding of the candidates, Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County is hosting a forum for all School Board candidates at Pitt Community College Tuesday night.
“It gives us an opportunity to meet these people, put a face to the name, and create those open lines of communication that are extremely important,” said Melissa Adamson, Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County.
Ebony Rogers’s children attend Pitt County Schools, and she said it is important to be informed about the candidates.
“We need to know who’s making the decisions for our children and our teachers,” said Ebony Rogers, a parent.
Rogers said she wants the best for her children, and there’s no way that can happen without an emphasis on school.
“I want them to be as successful in life as possible,” Rogers said.
Even for those who don’t have children attending Pitt County Schools, Adamson said the School Board’s actions will still affect them.
“Great school districts attract people to want to come live here, which attracts revenue and young people,” Adamson said.
While national candidates continue to make headlines, parents like Rogers don’t want voters to forget the candidates living closer to home.
“With these local candidates, you’re able to speak to them ask questions, kind of see their demeanor, and they can answer your questions face to face,” Rogers said. “That makes a big difference.”
Each candidate will get the opportunity to share his or her platform and answer pre-selected questions