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Chimacum School District 49 Director Position 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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    Steve Martin

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    Kristina Mayer

Biographical Information

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

What is your record in voting in elections?

What would you like to do to improve the functioning of the Board?

What approach will you take to address the public perception the public has of the quality of the Chimacum Schools?

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

Phone (360) 301-3194
Town where you live Chimacum
Experience (300 characters max) I have been a self employed general contractor specializing in public works landscaping and general excavation since 2008. Before that I owned a wholesale plant nursery that supplied plants to retail nurseries along the I-5 corridor from Bellingham to San Francisco.
I have two sons who thrive in Chimacum Schools! Being the only District 3 candidate with children enrolled in Chimacum Schools gives me a unique perspective to the challenging issues that Chimacum Schools are facing. I’ve regularly attended Board meetings for the last year. I’ve paid attention to the debates that the current School Board is having that got us where we are now. My experience as a sub-contractor on large, heavy civil construction projects has left me with an understanding of how public agencies operate. I am experienced in contract negotiation, project management and team building. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the East Jefferson Little League.
I have always voted yes for the Chimacum School District’s levies and bonds. I do so because I care deeply about our children’s futures. Education is key to a healthy democratic society. Voting for our district’s levies and bonds provide our community’s children with schools that are safe, warm and modern schools. They also provide enhanced educational opportunities.
An effective school board is made up of stakeholders who care about seeing our schools provide every child in our district with the best education in Washington State. A common complaint that our community has about the school board is the lack of parent representation. I can help fill that void. As a father of 2 children currently enrolled in Chimacum Schools, I am highly motivated to help the School District find a path forward. I’m not afraid of asking tough questions and believe the best school board decisions are made after thorough debate.
The Chimacum School District desperately needs to develop a strategic public relations program. The Choose Chimacum Enrollment Committee concluded that “a lack of communication regarding the positive things happening in our district” has led to our declining enrollment. I believe that Chimacum Schools needs to hire a public relations consultant. This consultant would provide training, tools and technical support so that all schools and departments in the district can effectively participate in public relations.
Bullying is a problem that every school in Washington State deals with every day. 3 years ago the Chimacum School District held a “Listening Forum.” Many parents were concerned with was bullying. Chimacum Schools responded by subscribing to a fantastic, online tip reporting system called Safe Schools Alert. This can be accessed though the District website. However, I don’t believe that most students and parents are aware of this anonymous system to report. As a school board director I would encourage it’s use by parents students and teachers. I will also advocate for yearly training to help all Chimacum School District employees identify bullying behavior and put a stop to it.
Phone (360) 643-1051
Town where you live Chimacum
Experience (300 characters max) 20 years in Washington's education system as a teacher, central office curriculum developer, vice principal and principal. A decade of experience working in philanthropy with a focus on K-12 education workforce development and school-community partnerships in the programmatic and policy realms.
My entire career has been focused on public education. I have worked in the schools, I have worked to secure philanthropic resources to benefit K-12 public schools and I have served on policy boards. In my tenure I was actively involved in working on school reforms as far back as the 1993 legislation that fueled the reform movement in WA from setting state-wide goals, to setting learning outcomes for students and putting into place an assessment framework. I have a BA in education from Seattle U, a MAed from Gonzaga U in curriculum and administration and an Ed. D. from Fielding Graduate Institute in Educational Leadership and Change. My network is extensive and includes many sectors from philanthropy to education and administration to policy makers and nonprofit advocates. I believe from the the bottom of my heart that every child deserves a quality public education and that it shouldn't matter where you live - I am a fierce advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.
I vote in every election, even primaries. I believe it is a fundamental right/responsibility in our democracy to participate. I take my right to vote seriously.
First I would like to develop relationships with fellow board members. There may be up to 3 new members so we will be new to each other and it is important to build a team. I would like to see the board craft goals with higher aspirations, to create metrics to measure progress and develop a dashboard to track progress.

I would like the board to be more assertive in working on the problem of declining enrollment, build on the efforts already underway to improve the climate and culture for students and staff, accelerate efforts to improve academic achievement for ALL students and identify, select and move forward with a 'brand' for Chimacum to fuel a robust communication strategy to inform and engage the community. Believe it - believe in ourselves and the value of investment in our children and schools Brand it - give families a reason to choose Chimacum Become it - step into our full potential and make visible and notable steps forward

We have to become more aware of our own limiting beliefs and begin to find alternative ways to view the situation. Shifting from limiting beliefs to an expansive opportunity framework will take a conscious effort and reframing of the way we talk about what is possible. We have to communicate to our public about the positive things that are taking place, be honest about our areas of weakness and be clear about how serious we are in turning our weaknesses into learning opportunities and changing the way we do things. There is no doubt work to do yet it is entirely possible. There are additionally some things to do to improve the physical appearance of our schools that will make them more inviting and proud. There are plans to do some of those things in the works with the current board and superintendent. Signage, the reader board, the fence on highway 19, the yard...all of those things will lift up the way the schools look.
Having a positive culture and climate will fuel a sense of safety among students and teachers as they go about their daily work. Schools free of bullying and other intimidating behaviors will reduce student/teacher anxiety and fear. Additionally, we have to work on being prepared for disasters such as active shooter, earthquake or other intrusions. Each of these situations deserves a fully articulated plan, the tools and resources to carry out the plan and time for practicing how to behave during each one of these events. We will need to fully collaborate and coordinate with families, community members, local law enforcement, the fire department and potentially the health department. Teach respect, be approachable, encourage reporting and get students involved through civic engagement. The board can also review all policies and procedures to make sure they are up-to-date and feasible. Inform the community of the plans and how they can help.