Good evening and welcome to our live chat.
We will be hosting a live forum for the nonpartisan Collier County School Board race at 5:30 p.m. in our studio.
Education reporter Annika Hammerschlag will join us here shortly.
District 2 candidates Stephanie Lucarelli and Louise Penta will participate. District 4 candidates Erick Carter and Lee Dixon will also participate in the forum.
My name is Annika and I'm the education reporter at Naples Daily News. I'll be live-blogging this evening's event. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions via the comments section on this page.
Do you have a question for the candidates? If so, please submit your questions in the chat and it may be asked during the forum.
District 2 candidate Stephanie Lucarelli is a substitute teacher originally from New Jersey. She's been a Collier County resident since 2002. Her four kids attend CCPS schools. District 2 candidate Louise Penta is a retired operating room nurse originally from Boston. She's been a Collier County resident since 2001. District 4 candidate Lee Dixon is a golf course manager originally from Homestead. He's been a Collier County resident since 1995. He has three sons. District 4 candidate Erick Carter is a cosmetologist originally from South Carolina. He's been a Collier County resident since 1992. He has one son.
Opening statements: Lucarelli emphasizes her teaching background and desire to lobby the state for more resources
Penta emphasizes mentorship background and desire to "overturn Common Core and bring back traditional education"
Carter emphasizes opportunities provided by certificate jobs and background as a small business owner
Dixon emphasizes the reason behind his decision to run: fighting for his son who has autism
Panel question: If elected how would you respond to and react to people who disagree with you?
Carter: don't take criticism to heart. Be professional about it.
Dixon: take it with a grain of salt. Try to move on and make adjustments.
Penta: Everyone's entitled to a different opinion. See what the issue is and try to work it out.
Lucarelli: Let people know you're wiling to listen and try to work it out. There will be times where you'll have to agree to disagree.
Question from the panel: The District has lowered max high school attendance age from 21 to 19. This has implications for the immigrant community. Would you work to change the policy or keep it the same?
All candidates agreed the district should relook at the policy (max age in high school 21)