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NINE MILE FALLS School District 325 Director Position 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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  • Kirsten Foose

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    Eric Olsen

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) 953-6075
Town where you live Nine Mile Falls, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Police Major, served over 29 years: Executive Level Management, Budget oversight experience, Written, reviewed and approved policies to set direction of Dept., Routinely work with elected officials at multiple levels, Union Negotiation Experience, Hiring and Evaluations, Police Explorers Program
As a police officer for over 29 years for the City of Spokane, member of the Nine Mile Falls community since 1995, and father of two young girls in the District, my top priorities are the safety and well-being of our children and providing a quality education to all our students. Currently a Police Major (and former SWAT Captain), I’m trained in active shooter response and familiar with crime prevention through environmental design. I’m dedicated to listening to the concerns of our community, improving school safety, and working hard to ensure the success of our students.
1. Safety and security of students and staff

2. Anticipated growth of the district population, our facilities, and student-teacher ratios

3. Retaining the “heart” of our school district
Safety and security of students and Staff:

• Comprehensively review our policies surrounding student safety, school violence, threat identification and response

• Continue exploring possible expansion of our relationship with Local Law Enforcement

• Current Facility safety inadequacies

• School bus safety and possible implementation of “stop arm” camera systems
All students deserve equal access and opportunities to a quality education. Funding should provide quality education in all schools while also providing equal access to resources that benefit the student's learning experience. This may mean funneling additional resources to where they are needed most, such as to students living in poverty or with special needs. Outcomes-based research shows that increasing funding for students in need creates an enhanced opportunity to be successful.
This is my top priority and an area that I can employ my nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. I would begin with a study to determine what measures have been taken and what has previously been explored. This would include a comprehensive review of District policies surrounding student safety, school violence, threat identification and response. Staff needs to be taught, trained and practice proper security procedures. The high school in our District is woefully inadequate to provide for the safety and security of our students. There are, however, some immediate steps that could be taken using the proven principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Replacing the facility needs to be a priority. Our District needs to continue exploring possible relationship with our local law enforcement. Our District needs to look at the feasibility of "stop arm" camera systems to help eliminate dangerous driving around our buses.
The principles of accountability and open opportunity need to be applied equally to all students regardless of race. By enacting accountability checks on both students and staff, we can ensure equity becomes a part of our District culture.
Technical training should be offered in specialized classes that also provide hands-on and real world training experience, I would like to see our students paired with the respective professionals in apprenticeship-style programs. This could include everything from automotive repair to high-tech careers in information technology.
This is a good, thought provoking question that I am not prepared to adequately answer. This type of issue is why I have met with District Superintendent Talbot, ESD 101 Superintendent Dunn, current members of the School Board and most of the District Principals to educate myself on the issues challenging our District. Within my career of law enforcement, we have faced the similar question of how to reach and care for these same groups. We have taken a pro-active approach of going out to and seeking these groups to offer them services. We have dedicated specific officers to go out to homeless camps along with social workers in an attempt to align these individuals with services to help them. We routinely meet with groups of immigrants and refugees new to our area to try and create a positive relationship of trust with them. I will learn what is being done by our District currently and what our capacity is to reach and provide a quality education to these individuals.