As part of our continuing Election 2011 coverage, My Edmonds News presents statements submitted by candidates for the Edmonds School Board, District 5.
My candidacy offers what no other candidate can offer. I have worked for the District for more than six years and I know where the District needs to improve.
While my opponents may rant and rave about their involvement in committees and their close association with district leadership, their perspective is skewed and obstructed by reality. An endorsement from current or departing board members is just an advertisement that taxpayers will have more of the same if they are elected. If you are satisfied with the drone of monotonous and uninspired oversight, do not vote for me.
My presence on the Board would offer a voice for the voiceless; for staff that have good ideas but fear to express them, for a community that has grown tired of spending scarce resources on less than stellar results.
We can do so much better, but as long as we continue to elect five like-minded individuals that never challenge district management, we will never grow as a school district or as a community.
With regard to the many questionable real estate transactions that cost our district millions of dollars, I wouldn’t have let any of them slip by without meaningful questions. This current board blindly accepts what district management tells them. While they have a level of involvement when it comes to their children, they don’t seem to understand the financial impact of poor choices in operations. With my election to the school board, there will be at least one critical mind delving into facilities and property issues.
I am running for school board because I believe our community wants and expects more.
I am convinced that if we give voters an opportunity to vote for qualified candidates, they will.
I am convinced that our community seeks a board of greater diversity but, until now, there haven’t been many great candidates.
I am convinced that we need to be more deliberate in evaluating when and how to spend public funds. I don’t agree with the current philosophy that any money spent on our children is money well spent. Such money needs to be spent wisely.
I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Oregon in Economics and Anthropology. I completed a number of graduate courses in Crisis Management for Facilities Managers at Michigan State University.
I have lived and worked throughout Africa in schools and universities. I have seen the benefits of an exceptional educational foundation and I am convinced we can nurture and strengthen such results in the Edmonds School District.