Candidates for school board president debated how to close gaps between schools and make the best use of funding at a forum hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association Wednesday evening. Four of the five candidates for president of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System board attended the meeting. Sadie Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester Ellis, and George Seaborough laid out their qualifications and their plans for improving the school system to the meeting of downtown residents. David Simons was unable to attend. The forum came just under a month ahead of the May 20 election.