Friends of William Lynch parent-teacher organization group will host a school board candidate forum for Salem R-80 board candidates, the group recently announced.

The forum is planned for 7 p.m. May 28. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be live-streamed on facebook.

“We feel that this is a necessary event for our community so that the voters can hear and see the heart and passion behind the candidates. The school board is who ultimately makes the decisions for our school district, and we want to make sure everyone can cast an educated vote on June 2,” said a release from F.O.W.L.

Friends of William Lynch, as an organization, will not support or oppose candidates for school board.However, the group can sponsor public forums in which all candidates are invited to attend.

A strict script, provide by MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association), will be followed.

The forum will be conducted as follows:

• Each candidate will be allowed three minutes to present his/her platform (opening statement).

The candidates will appear in alphabetical order.

• Following the statements, the candidates, in reverse order, will be allowed three minutes for closing statements.

• A timekeeper, using flashcards, will be provided to help you adhere to the time limits.

• A Q & A time will be conducted by the moderator, using pre-selected questions.Each candidate will have five minutes to answer each question.