An unprecedented series of interviews with candidates for school board in six of the largest school districts in Indianapolis came to a close as seven of the nine candidates for Pike Township School Board appeared live on Afternoons with Amos. Incumbents Ricky Hence, Nancy Poore and Larry Metzler were joined by challengers David Cofer, Cherlisa Richardson, Michael Downs and Eric Huffine. The seven discussed a variety of issues effecting Pike Township’s schools. Issues included improving communications between the district and residents; increasing vocational education opportunities, challenges in the district’s middle schools, improving graduation rates, reducing disproportionate treatment of Black males in special education and discipline in township schools. The seven also discussed the impact of the impending release of the state’s “A-F” grading system for Indiana schools. Two other candidates, Brownell Payne and Brian Moore had scheduling conflicts and couldn’t appear. During October, Afternoons with Amos interviewed thirty-four school board candidates in six Indianapolis/Marion County districts with the largest African-American enrollments.
Click Arrow to Hear Interviews with Hence, Poore, Cofer, Metlzer. Runs 51 Minutes.