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Tenino School District No. 402 School Board Director, District No. 4

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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    Reva Rice

  • Tamara (Tammy) Schroder

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?

Mailing Address PO Box 541
Tenino, WA 98589
Phone (360) 237-4148
Town where you live Tenino
Experience (300 characters max) I have two teenage children and have been in education for over 20 years.
You won’t find a hospital without a doctor on their Board of Directors. I believe school districts should have educators on their Boards as well. Who else knows how the decisions made will directly affect our students? I have been in education for over 20 years. I’ve taught from the preschool level all the way to teenagers in Driver’s Education. I have children directly impacted by Special Education, Fine Arts and Athletics policies. My unique position gives me an opportunity to see issues from multiple sides.
Student Success, Supported Staff, and A Connected Community are vital components of an effective school system. We need a united staff that will challenge our students and provide engaging classrooms where students can feel supported and stretched to reach their full potential. We need our staff to understand how valued and appreciated they are, while maintaining the expectation that they will always work with the mindset of, “What is best for kids?” We need our community to know that they are a key player in the success of our school, their support in the classroom, court, stage and field help to grow successful adults.
Student Success will be addressed by ensuring that we only hire highly qualified teachers, counselors, para-educators, office professionals and other qualified staff along with an administration team that allows their staff to do their jobs. We must prioritize budget items through the lens of, “What is best for kids?” We need to have open communication with parents and other community members.
In Tenino, we only have one school for each level of education, students’ educational needs change as they progress from Kindergarten to Graduation. I would work at making sure each school had the resources they need to help their students at their levels.
I would start by making sure our buildings and security systems were up to par and safe from intruders. I would also work on the bullying issues that plague our schools. I believe working on relationships and ensuring that each student feels valued and important will go a long way in keeping our schools safe. We also should find ways to promote mental health awareness and care.
I believe ignorance is the biggest issue needing to be addressed. We need to start by having respectful and open conversations between students, families and staff.
Technical training should be available to any student desiring it. Not all students will go onto college, but all students need specific training after high school. It is our responsibility to make sure students know the value of a college education as well as learning a marketable skill.
Schools need to work with community organizations as well as other government entities to help provide quality education for the homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children.
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