Endorsement Process: School Board Candidates

Quality Bainbridge decided in early October to consider making an endorsement in the one School Board district election that is contested. Two other district School Board positions have unopposed candidates. The first step followed by Quality Bainbridge to evaluate the candidates in the District 2 contested race was to circulate questions for the candidates to respond to. The responses will be one factor in the endorsement decision. Other factors included: attending the candidate presentations hosted by the League of Women Voters, and reviewing other news and information about the candidates.

The District races and candidates are as follows:

District 2 (contested, for 4-year term):

Mike Spence (incumbent, and Board President) versus Dale Perry

District 3 (unopposed, 2-year unexpired term):

Mev Hoberg

District 5 (unopposed, 4-year term):

Sheila Jakubik

Quality Bainbridge sent the following questions to the candidates on October 13, and will post responses received from Mr. Spence and Mr. Perry.

Questions for School Board Candidates:

  1. What is the proper role of the School Board in relation to the schools, the teaching staff, the school administrators and the district administration? As examples:  (a) What criteria should be used in deciding what new programs should be added?  (b) What as a Board member can you do to assist teachers so that there are realistic expectations for their work?
  2. What are the biggest operational challenges facing the School District in the coming years?
  3. What should the School Board do in the next four years with respect to voter-approved operations levies and other strategies for dealing with budgetary challenges?