School Board of Palm Beach County meets at Lynn University

Meeting to highlight presidential debate and debate-related K-12 curriculum
School Board of Palm Beach County meets at Lynn University

Published Aug. 13, 2012

The School Board of Palm Beach County’s 5 p.m., Aug. 22 meeting will take place in Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, the site of the Oct. 22 presidential debate.

The School Board rarely holds meetings at community venues like Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center, but wanted to highlight Palm Beach County’s role in the debate and to stress the importance of education in our nation's political system. 

“The final presidential debate before the election puts Palm Beach County squarely on the international map and is a great opportunity to showcase our county as a world-class destination, both for its beauty and for our top quality educational institutions," said Frank Barbieri, Palm Beach County School Board chairman. "Being able to give our students a once-in-a lifetime educational experience in their own backyard is an important civic duty for all of us."

In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity for School Board members to learn about debate-related educational activities that Lynn University and the school district have partnered on. 

Educational activities include: 

  • A K-12 Debate Curriculum for Education, has been developed to give students specific instruction, aligned with the state standards, on the historical and political perspectives of the American political system and the role of presidential debates. It is available for free download on the iPad through Apple iTunes U or through Lynn's official debate website.
  • This fall, students will participate in a mock debate in Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center, the same venue that the presidential candidates will use when they debate just weeks before the 2012 presidential election. 

"Palm Beach County Schools leadership have been involved in debate planning and related activities since the beginning of the process,” said E. Wayne Gent, superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools.

The debate is one of the most significant civic events in the history of Lynn University, the school district and Palm Beach County. Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, located adjacent to the Lynn campus, will serve as the staging site for media credentialing and other debate logistics. The middle school campus is situated on IBM's former research and development site  where the personal computer was invented. It also serves as the home of school district's Safe Schools Center.