The Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County will hold a bilingual forum on Saturday with candidates for school board.
The forum will explore ways to close the academic gap among all students, increase high school graduation rates among Hispanic youths, while decreasing their dropout rate.
Candidates also will be asked about their plans to recruit teachers and administrative staff that more closely represent the diverse student body population., said Joaquin Garcia, president of coalition
“We (HEC) have been working for the past four years with teachers, administrators and board members to help minority students stay in school,” said Garcia.
Garcia said that Hispanic students represent more than 30 percent of the student body.
As of Friday afternoon, seven of the 12 candidates had accepted the invitation. They are:
Marsha Andres, Debra Robinson, Karen Brill, Davis Benoit, Erica Whitfield, Justin Katz and Piaget “Peppi” Hendrix.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the training classroom of Fire Station #2, located at 4301 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.
The public is invited to attend.