SANTA FE SPRINGS — The five candidates for the open seat on the El Rancho School District tackled some pointed questions from the audience last week at a "Meet the Candidates Night" sponsored by the California School Employees Assn. The election will be held June 2 to fill the seat vacated last November by George D. Crook, who retired.
The candidates, none of whom have held public office, agreed on many of the issues facing the district, including restricting proposed new building fees to commercial developments only, rather than homeowners projects, and striving for smaller class sizes in the district.
However, they differed sharply on the issue of sex education and year-round schools.
Albert L. Cortez, a recent graduate of Whittier College, said that sex education, even for high school students, should be primarily taught at home, and that sex education in schools should consist of teaching "greater respect for the body and mind. We ought to teach abstention, not condoms," he said.
The other candidates, Cecilia Chavez, Lydia Juarez, Lillian Silva and Irene Sylvest, all of whom have children or grandchildren in the district, came out strongly in favor of early sex education.