Voters to elect 2 Boise School Board members on Tuesday

Voters in Boise will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect two members to the Boise School Board.

Voters in Boise will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect two school board trustees

Three candidates -- David Wagers, Beth Oppenheimer and Monica Walker – are vying for two six-year, at-large seats on the board.

Speaking at a forum last month, all three candidates discussed their strengths and leadership skills.

Walker is a loan officer who says she advocates for smaller class sizes, more advanced placement courses, and an anti-bullying campaign to ensure a safe learning environment.

"My biggest thing that I bring to the board is the ability to truly listen to the broad spectrum," Walker said at the forum. "I'm not there with one specific agenda. I like to get all the facts, listen to what is going on, listen to the community, listen to the children, listen to the teachers."

Wagers is a veteran of the school board. In his candidate profile, he says he supports teachers and their negotiation process, engaging families in learning and ensuring college and career readiness for students.

"I bring a business perspective," Wagers said at the forum. "I also bring school board experience. I have a very good knowledge of how schools work - how to deal with tight budges, how to get the most out of those budgets to educate kids."

Oppenheimer is the executive director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. She says, if elected, she plans to address the increasing demands on the school budget, Boise's growing population, and advancing opportunities for students and teachers.

"All of the wonderful programs that we have that are meeting and challenging our students to be successful for college and beyond," Oppenheimer said. "One of the things that I will bring to the table is to continue to advocate for some of those programs that are helping our students."

You can vote between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at most Boise schools or the district service center.

Candidate profiles and other information about the election are available online.

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