Caddo School Board

Candidates for Caddo School Board – Full Interviews

Jeri B. Bowen

Christine Tharpe

Canidate Response by Question

1. In your own terms, how would you define the role of the School Board?  What are your responsibilities as a member?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

2. The current Caddo Schools’ Operating Budget is over $490M. What is your experience with understanding and working with budgets and what experience do you have that prepares you to oversee the operation of an organization of this size?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

3. Which current Caddo Schools programs or initiatives do you believe are working and producing results? Which programs or initiatives need to be updated or changed?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

4. One of the greatest challenges facing the State are the unfunded pension liabilities.  While the State has primary control over the retirement portion, the medical portion is under the control of the district.  What steps do you believe the district needs to undertake to address this issue, both long and short term?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

5. For the past decade, the student population of CPPS has been declining. While there have been a number of school closures, the number and location of schools no longer match the demographics of the district.  What steps do you believe the school system should take to address these changes?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

6. While each Board Member represents a specific district, many of the challenges facing CPPS are district-wide problems.  How do you see balancing your responsibility to your specific district and to CPPS as a whole?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

7. Can you share with us an example of when your ethics or integrity were tested? How did you respond?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

8. What two priorities will you have as a School Board member and how will you work collaboratively with other Board members to integrate these priorities into the work of the Board?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

9.  This will be your final question and will include your final remarks. Is there anything you would like to address that we have not yet covered?
Jeri B. Bowen | Christine Tharpe

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