Creating more unity within the district and implementing a plan for the long-term future for the elementary facilities were the two hot topics during the Adams Central Board of Education candidate forum Monday.
The event, hosted by the Hastings League of Women Voters, gave the six candidates the ability to share their views on the future of the district with more than 30 patrons.
The six candidates vying for three seats on the six-member board are incumbent Gaylord Johnson, former board member Dave Lynn and new candidates Karen Mousel, Chad Trausch, Carissa Uhrmacher and Ryan Weeks.
The issue of unity in the district came up in the opening statements when Mousel, a transplant to Adams County, said there was a lack of unity in what she sees as a great school district.
“All the people I have talked to feel so strongly about this school district. I'm amazed by how well people support it,” she said.
The problem is that so many people are so attached to their individual elementary schools that they don’t want to create that unity as one district, she said.
The candidates then shared their opinions on the elementary system.