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West Las Vegas school board candidates taking part in Wednesday’s forum were, from left, John Trujillo, Henry Abeyta, Patrick Marquez, Marvin Martinez and Alvin Jiron.
West candidates spar

Five of the eight candidates for West Las Vegas School board faced off during a forum on Wednesday evening.

During the forum, board candidates offered their views on varying issues including common core curriculum, rising transportation costs, declining enrollment at the Valley Elementary and Middle School, the district’s teacher union, parental involvement, school safety, high school graduation rates, consolidation and the district’s Family Partnership school.