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D. 202 Board of Ed. candidates’ “virtual” forum slated for Feb. 23rd

The nine candidates running for the District 202 Board of Education on April 6, 2021 are scheduled to participate in a virtual public forum from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

The C.A.P.E. parent organization will host the forum at the District 202 Administrative Center and the community can watch online via Zoom. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the District 202 web site.


The forum will include a moderated question and answer session.  Questions came from District 202 parent organization members, and both the Association of Plainfield Teachers (APT) and Plainfield Association of Support Staff (PASS).

Four of the Board of Education’s seven seats are up for election this year. Incumbent Board members David Koch and Dr. Michael Robey are not running for re-election.

The nine candidates are (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Kathleen Baxter
  • Toni Galan
  • Nick Giannasi
  • Annie Klupshas
  • Raj Pillai
  • Barbara Seiden
  • Robert C. Smith (incumbent)
  • Richard (Rick) Todd
  • Rod Westfall (incumbent)

C.A.P.E. (the committee for the Coordination of Administration and Parent groups for Educational efficiency) comprises representatives of all District 202 school and district-level parent organizations, district administrators, and Board of Education members.

The organization serves as a resource to and conduit between parent groups and district administration. C.A.P.E. traditionally hosts Board of Education candidates’ forums each Board election year to foster an accurate understanding of the position of each District 202 Board candidate.


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