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Eastmont School District Director 5 @ Large

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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  • Lyle McClune

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    Meaghan Vibbert 

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) 886-5930
Town where you live East Wenatchee
Experience (300 characters max) I was born and raised in East Wenatchee and am a product of the Eastmont School District. I graduated from WSU and moved back to the valley I love. I’ve been married to Todd for 16 years and we have two daughters who also attend Eastmont schools. I have worked for Douglas PUD for 18 years.
When Board Member Gibbs announced he was not running for office again to allow new members to learn under our excellent Superintendent, Garn, it made me realize this was a perfect time for me to get involved with the school board. I have always enjoyed volunteering in the community. With two children attending Eastmont schools this was an opportunity to positively influence their educational pursuits and model service to them in an area directly impacting their lives. I bring a positive, collaborative spirit to the table. As one of five board members, you need to bring your ideas and an open mind to others suggestions. I am not an education system expert. But I commit to listen, learn and make decisions based on what’s best for our youth and being accountable to our community.
Pressing issues seems like a negative obstacle. There are always areas for improvement, but I see Eastmont doing things right. I see teachers making real connections with their students. I see principles at recess and in the halls smiling and joking with kids. I see an open invitation to law enforcement for a free lunch as a way to get to know our buildings and have positive interactions with our youth. I see administration hand delivering paychecks and newsletters each month to touch base with bus drivers and para professionals. I see parents engaging through celebrations of learning, orientations, music programs, STEM competitions, conferences, emails, apps and social media. With those relationships built, any “pressing issues” will be viewed as another opportunity to work together for the betterment of our schools and ultimately our children.
See above, collaboration.
Intentionally reviewing opportunities and making fair decisions based on available resources.
That’s a tough one. I’m encouraged by the engagement of law enforcement agencies in our schools through “chief for a day” or class room visits for career days. Ultimately, that responsibility rests at home. Parents, talk to your children. Know who their friends are, what their interests are, what their search history includes and how they are spending time while you are not around. Look at your own practices of weapon and prescription security. The saying it takes a village rings true. Everyone needs to be involved in supporting our youth to prevent safety lapses.
I don't know. If you do, please share your thoughts.
Far and wide. Four-year universities are not the only path forward and technical training can spark an interest in a trade career.
I believe Eastmont is doing a fine job now. If you do not, please share your thoughts with me.