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Marysville School District 25 Director District 5

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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    Tom Albright
    (NP)

  • Halleh Stickels
    (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?

Phone (425) 330-6486
Email tom4schools@yahoo.co
Town where you live Marysville
Experience (300 characters max) I was a United Methodist pastor and District Superintendent for 39 years in the State of Washington. I have lived in Marysville since 2000 where I have been a member of Marysville Rotary, a Police & Fire Department Chaplain. I have served on the Marysville School Board for almost nine years.
My doctoral degree is in nonprofit management and community organization. Throughout my career I have served on and led many boards, committees and community efforts. I understand how to listen to people’s needs, bring them together around a common direction and bring change to systems and those effected by them.
1. Meeting the needs of a diverse student population. 2. Reshaping our approach to education to meet the needs of our changing population, the requirements of the State Board of Education, and the rapidly changing job market and economy. 3. Providing safe, efficient and effective facilities for the students of the Marysville School District. Our schools are old, unsafe and in need of replacement and updating.
I believe that Maryville and the school district need to see our diversity as a positive asset and use the multiplicity of talents and experiences of our students and their families to enhance the education of all our students. The world in which our students will work is diverse and our call is to use our diversity as our built-in advantage not a burden or a problem. We should celebrate our diversity, engage with our students’ cultures and backgrounds, and shape our educational programs for each student’s success.
Equitable funding and staffing of our schools means that we assign personnel and make funding decision based on the needs of the students in that building not in impersonal formulas or “equally.” Each student’s needs drive those decisions.
As we know, no one can assure the safety of all students, however, we can do all we can to increase security at each building and, most importantly, work to pass bond issues to upgrade our obsolete and unsafe facilities.
Hiring staff who are racially diverse is a first step. Carefully monitoring our disciplinary procedures and other practices to see that students are treated appropriately is important. Continuing programs which teach children appropriate behaviors and interpersonal skills which help them succeed together are essential. Programs like AVID which identify and support students who wish to continue to higher education are likewise pivotal.
We know that all graduates from high school need good reading and writing skills to succeed in higher education or in a trade or technical school. Technical and career programs enable students to learn both a particular skill which may lead to a job and the skills necessary for any job. Our goal should be to graduate students who are able to continue learning whether it be a technical, trade or college education and have the human relations skills to work with others productively.
If our education is aimed at providing each student with the education they require to reach their goals, then these situations merely provide a different starting point for these students. Schools are providing for these students today. It is intensive and expensive, but absolutely necessary work. While the world has seemed to focus more and more on test scores and other objective measurements, educators continue with what they know works: A caring, supportive, relationship of a teacher and a student.
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