Posing together after the forum are, from left: Dolores Croom, Jill Rudd, Elionor Mount-Simmons, Steve Lanier and Missy Cumbie. [ DKG | Contributed ]
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Educators host school superintendent forum

The local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Key Women Educators held a Franklin County Superintendent Candidates Forum Tuesday, April 16 at ED Corps High School. Both candidates, incumbent Steve Lanier and opponent Jill Rudd, participated, shared their platforms, and answered questions from the almost three dozen people who attended.

Delta Kappa’s president Elinor Mount-Simmons facilitated the event, welcoming everyone to the forum, which was attended by not only the chapter’s members, but others from the community who wanted to hear what the candidates vying for the position as the county’s chief education advocate had to say. 

A view of the attendees at the April 16 superintendents candidates forum in Eastpoint. [ DKG | Contributed ]

After opening statements where the candidates introduced themselves and shared their professional backgrounds, questions were funneled to the announcers, Dolores Croom and Missy Cumbie, DKG members, who began asking the candidates for their responses. Other members attending were Lynn Clark, chapter vice-president; teachers Adrienne Croom and Joy Floyd; Melonie Inzetta, school board member; and Leigh Smith, event greeter, and Harolyn Walker, event timekeeper.

The one-hour event ended with Mount-Simmons thanking Lanier and Rudd for participating in the forum and sharing their vision. She also thanked the audience for attending, commenting that “as stakeholders in Franklin County’s education community, I hope you heard information that will aid you in voting for the best person to lead our school system.”

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