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Burlington-Edison School District 100 Director District 3

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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  • Holly Nielsen
    (NP)

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    Bill Wallace
    (NP)

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 (360) 757-2530
Email wlwallace1@comcast.net
Town where you live Burlington
Experience (300 characters max) 12 years on B-E School Board (past president and current legislative representative) and over 26 years experience volunteering in the B-E School District and community, much of it in a leadership capacity, to support students and children. 36 year career with the Department of Natural Resources.
I have 12 years of experience on the Burlington-Edison School Board (including past president and current legislative representative). I have over 26 years experience volunteering in the B-E School District and community, much of it in a leadership capacity, to help maintain a long tradition of successfully preparing students for a changing world. In addition to the school board, I am currently involved in B-E Kiwanis (past president) and Boys and Girls Club Burlington Community Council. My past involvement includes B-E Education and Alumni Foundation and various B-E School District committees including: facilities committees; technology committee and Citizens Advisory Committee. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.
1. Budget: Ensuring the School District maintains a 4% operating fund reserve. This is especially challenging due to a massive shift, and uncertainty, in how education is funded by the state as a result of the McCleary State Supreme Court decision. 2.Student achievement: Help prepare each student for lifelong success and improve middle grade programming. 3.School facilities: Need additional classroom space to increase capacity, ease overcrowding and provide quality education spaces; and need additional safety, security and site improvements at all schools
Budget: I am involved in both the development and implementation of the budget. I listen and communicate with parents, community, staff, legislators and other school board members from around the state. I take what I have learned to work with my fellow school board members and District administration to make important policy decisions. Due to the conservative management of B-ESD budgets, the District is spared from making budget reductions - unlike over 80% of the school districts in the state.
It is important for me to be informed about the specific educational opportunities and challenges each school in the district present. It is then essential that I, along with the rest of the school board, work with the district administration to make sure necessary resources (staff and programs) are distributed between schools to balance educational opportunities. For example, B-ESD has applied for and been awarded 21st Century Grants to provide additional programs for students and parents at schools with high numbers of free and reduced lunch programs
The safety of students and staff is paramount in our schools. It is a priority for me to work with my fellow board members and District administration to make sure this issue is addressed on several fronts. First and foremost is prevention - providing programs and resources such as school counselors and psychiatrists, anti-bullying guidance and school resource officers. In addition, all schools, in partnership with local first responders, undertake emergency drills to prepare for earthquake, fire, active shooter and other urgent situations. While existing safety and security features are present at all schools, more needs to be done. A priority for me and the District is to fund additional safety and security improvements in our schools including cameras, electronic door locks and fencing. The District will inspect school buildings to determine any needed seismic safety improvements.
The Burlington-Edison School Board has been updating many policies to be responsive to the many different backgrounds of both students and staff. The policies include training, curriculum and facilities. The District has a sizeable Hispanic population and for many students English is a second language (ESL). Our District provides considerable resources to help students and their families with ESL programs so all students can have a high quality K-12 experience. The District also provides a dual language program at West View Elementary School and is adding more Latino staff to better reflect the student population. To help connect with Hispanic families, many staff offer to meet with them in their homes to help support their children in school.
Technical training should be both offered, where possible, at both the high school and at a regional career and technical skills center. The Burlington-Edison School District is fortunate to have a partnership with the Northwest Career and Technical Center nearby in Mount Vernon. As an example, our high school provides courses in computer technology, business and marketing, agriculture education and welding. The Skills Center offers technical training to high school students in animal care, medical and dental assistance, construction, marine and auto programs, culinary arts, criminal justice and fire science. It is important that student have choices to help prepare them for future careers.
I am proud to say the Burlington-Edison School District has an active outreach program to reach all students and their families/guardians. The District recently added a Student Support Services Administrator that focuses on students with attendance issues and challenges including those who are homeless or in foster care. The District also has staff responsible for connecting with migrant families with children to help their transition into the schools. As I mentioned earlier, the District has a sizeable Hispanic population and for many students English is a second language (ESL). Our District provides considerable resources to help students and their families with ESL programs so all students can have a high quality K-12 experience. The District also provides a dual language program at West View Elementary School and is adding more Latino staff to better reflect the student population.