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Prairie Grove District 46 to host candidate forum

PRAIRIE GROVE – Voters in Prairie Grove School District 46 have a chance to hear from board candidates at a forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Ridge High School.

Seven candidates, including two incumbents, are running for the four open board seats in the April 9 consolidated election. Candidates with the top four votes are each elected to a four-year term.

The forum will be moderated by district administrators and representatives from the Parent Teacher Organization and the Prairie Grove Teachers Association. Questions for the candidates are predetermined by the moderating groups. Questions from the audience will not be taken at the event, district officials said.

The district serves approximately 1,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Developing a districtwide facilities plan will be a top priority for the new board. District 46 is working on a five- to 10-year planning tool for the future design of its buildings, with an emphasis on technology integration.

Officials are set to present the facilities plan at next week's Committee of the Whole meeting, said Andy Searle, district business manager.

The public is encouraged to offer input by attending the committee meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Prairie Grove Junior High School library, 3223 Route 176 in Crystal Lake.

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