With election day less than two weeks away, La Cañada school board candidates on Wednesday night delved deeper in the nuances of district management — including hours spent on the job, the exploration of alternative revenue streams and teacher evaluations — at a debate hosted by the La Cañada Republican Club.
The event at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge drew about 30 people who heard from three of the four candidates in the Nov. 8 election: Jeanne Broberg, Ellen Multari and Ernest Koeppen.
Andrew “AJ” Blumenfeld, a 20-year-old Princeton University student, did not attend, a fact that did not go unnoticed by his fellow candidates.
“You need a board that is around, that is here, that is easily accessible,” said incumbent Broberg when describing the time commitment the position requires. “Board work goes on daily.”
The four candidates are competing for two seats.
Among the questions posed by the audience was how each candidate proposed to better engage local families whose children have already passed through the school system. Multari and Koeppen both said that the district is currently falling down on the job on that front.