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Mt. Adams School District #209/Distrito escolar de Mt. Adams #209 Director District/Distrito 2

4-year term. No salary, but some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board members, or “directors,” are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – a focus on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – prudent financial planning and oversight, as well as diligent and innovative policy-making; Accountability – specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and making recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – championing public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of its critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The board sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. It also sets salaries for school district employees.

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  • Todd G. Spencer

  • Shawna Young

Biographical Information

What unique qualities about yourself, your experiences, and your education separate you from the other seekers of this office?

What, in your opinion, are the three most pressing issues facing your school district at this time?

How would you address the one at the top of your list?

How would you balance educational opportunities between schools?

How would you assure the safety of all students in your schools?

What are the issues that need to be addressed to provide racial equality in the schools?

How should technical training be offered in the secondary schools?

How can the schools provide adequate education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children at all levels?

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Phone 509.985.4848
Town where you live Harrah
I feel my children give me my unique qualities that would help me with the duties that go along with this office. I am raising 5 children and none in which I have given birth. My children have come to my husband and I with learning issues, medical and mental. I have been very involved with our school district since my children attend the district. I am very involved with our community as well. I feel those 3 qualities set me apart.
For me the three most pressing issues with our school district are attendance, test scores and homeless students.
Attendance is number one on my list. I feel working with the Yakama tribe on making our tribal students accountable for attendance would help tremendously. Our district is majority native students.
I would try my best by making sure our administrators would be versed on what other schools are doing and what’s working. That way we can work together and make sure all children have all opportunities available to them.
I feel safety is a very vague word. Safety to me starts with the staff and goes all the way to building. I feel by making all staff accountable would be the first step.
By Starting with the staff and educating them on with the different cultures. Our children are with staff members the bulk of the day and if our staff is insensitive and a bad example then how can our children be.
Through programs that work with local businesses that are jobs that would be learned in a technical school.
By identifying those children and educating the staff on the kids that have challenges. That way those children can be helped.