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Candidates on the issues: Pam Orebaugh and Stan Chalich

  • Do you agree with the mask mandate for children in schools?

    • Pam Orebaugh I do not agree with any mandates without an option for opting out. Numerous teachers have discussed how filthy the children's cloth masks are, how they do not wear it properly, and how they touch it all the time.
    • Stan Chalich I agree with following the law and the guidance of local, state and national health experts to do all we can to keep our children safely learning in-person.
  • Do you believe critical race theory is currently being taught in schools?

    • Pam Orebaugh I do not believe it is officially in the curriculum. Many teachers in our area signed a national petition stating they would teach it. There is not a checks and balance to ensure this is not being taught in CVSD schools.
    • Stan Chalich CVSD has stated that they currently do not teach, nor does the district have any plans to teach, Critical Race Theory. I believe the board. I also taught history and civics for 49 years at Central Valley High School and can verify that it was not taught.
  • What’s your stance on the state’s comprehensive sex education program?

    • Pam Orebaugh Unfortunately, it is state law. The sex education program for CVSD must be designed with significant parental and community input and transparency.
    • Stan Chalich CVSD will need to make minimal changes to our current curriculum in order to be in compliance with SB 5395. I support the district’s efforts to honor the multiple viewpoints while meeting the State requirements.
  • Should schools have armed security personnel in buildings?

    • Pam Orebaugh Yes, for numerous reasons. They are there should a serious situation arise and they need to immediately intervene, and they can develop relationships with the students.
    • Stan Chalich No. A report by the Sentencing Project makes clear that their presence does not protect against school shootings. Instead of officers, we should invest in counselors and mentors for our students.