Wednesday night, the Paso Robles school board will conduct a candidates forum at the district office on Niblick road.
School board members Matt Mcllish, Tim Gearhart and Field Gibson are running for re-election to the board. Disastrous budget issues will undoubtedly be a hot topic for the candidates and their three challengers. In the last three and a half years, the school board has enabled superintendent Chris Williams to spend so much money, the budget reserve has dropped from seven and a half million dollars to about $750 thousand dollars. The reserve fund has dropped from 10% of the annual operating budget when Williams took office, to under 1% today. The state limit for a school districts reserve fund is 3%.
The candidates forum is at six Wednesday evening at the district office on Niblick road.