Public invited to provide input during Edmonds School Board director interviews June 4

Edmonds School District Educational Services Center

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors will interview candidates at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, to fill the District 4 Director vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Deborah Kilgore, effective July 10.

Three candidates to be interviewed for director vacancy are:

– Rebecca Anderson

– Thom Garrard

– Robert Manciu

Public comment is invited. The interviews will be held at the district office (20420 68th Ave. W. in Lynnwood) and livestreamed for public viewing. The livestream link will be available on the district website www.edmonds.wednet.edu.

Following the interviews, which are expected to conclude by 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes will be allocated for attendees to provide their input to the board, either in paper format for those in attendance or a digital link for those watching the live stream. The digital link will be available on the district website.

The board will then move into executive session in another room to evaluate the qualifications of the candidates for appointment to elective office. Once the board has made its decision, board members will return to the board room to reconvene in an open session and will vote on the appointment of a new director.

The new Director will be sworn in at the school board’s regular business meeting on Aug. 27, 2024. The term for this position ends in December 2025.

  1. I have worked with Thom Garrard as an educator and involved citizen. Thom is smart, organized and hard working. Thom knows schools, understands students and their needs, and is knowledgeable about our community. I heartily support him for School Board. He brings a wealth of experience and is adept at working with groups.

    1. It would appear that Thom Gerrards understands activism and union, not children, based on his social media posts. We need someone who serves the best interest of the students, not the union. Rebecca Anderson is smart and knows how to communicate and pull people together very well. She is motivated by the love of children and working for their needs, as she has brought her own deaf son through the schools. I’d definitely support Mrs Anderson. Remember during the Pandemic it was the unions that kept the schools closed, setting kids back years.

  2. Thom has forty two years of experience in public schools and definitely cares for and understands students. Thom advocated for his students as well as his colleagues. Kids always came first for him. School Board members need to know and see all sides of school issues; Thom definitely has the well rounded perspective to do just that.
    Ms. Anderson may also be a qualified candidate. Please speak only to that instead of casting Thom Garrad’s civic, union, and community involvement in a negative light.

  3. Thom definitely understands and cares about children. He has been a fabulous father to his two children (now grown); he’s been a teacher and a school librarian. Thom cares deeply about the children and the teachers and the future of our whole community. He’s smart, reliable, and committed. The Edmonds School Board would be lucky to have Thom.

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