The We the People government class at Plainfield High School hosted a forum for those individuals running for the Plainfield School Board. The candidates — Sharon Dunlevy, Scott Flood, Dana Johnson, and David Mansfield — answered questions posed by moderators Michael Turinetti and Stacie Kammerling as well as some from the audience.
We the People instructor Chris Cavanaugh welcomed the audience to PHS and spoke about his students.
“We the People is a competition class and to my knowledge this is the first time we’ve ever hosted a forum,” Cavanaugh said. “This has all been pretty much student generated by Plainfield High School seniors.”
“I would like to thank all the students for their hard work and thank you to the candidates for participating,” he added.
Turinetti and Kammerling began the forum by giving each candidate two minutes to introduce themselves.
Dunlevy is the only candidate running that is not currently on the board. She has lived in Plainfield since 2000 and works at Plainfield United Methodist Church.
“I have a background in elementary and special education,” Dunlevy said. “I also went to seminary and have a master’s in divinity. I am in charge of the Kids Connection program at the church.”
Flood has been serving on the Plainfield School Board for 12 years.
“Andrea and I have three children and I make my living as a writer,” he said.
Johnson described herself as the “rookie” board member. She is completing her first term on the board this year. She is currently serving as the board president.
“I am a licensed attorney and I am passionate about education,” she said. “I live education every day in my work. I bring both a financial and legal background to the board.”
Mansfield has been serving on the school board for 20 years.
“I am an Indiana native and have lived in Plainfield since 1975,” he said. “I guess you can say I’m the ‘old man’ of the group. By definition we are a policy making board and we are also responsible for funding personnel and properties. Plainfield consistently ranks in the top 10 percent in any category and we also have the second lowest tax rate in the county.”