Spokane Public School Board Seats Arouse Keen Interest

A long line is forming for the chance to serve on the board of trustees of Spokane public schools.

As of Thursday afternoon, nine people had come forward for two seats, most of them for the District 3 position currently held by Board Chairman Jerrall Haynes.

Three others applied for the seat of District 4 occupied by Aryn Ziehnert.

Potential candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday to appear in the August 3 primaries. Each position is for a six-year term, elected on a general basis.

Six people who have applied for Haynes since the filing period opened Monday morning.

Melissa Bedford, a former teacher and current assistant professor of education at Eastern Washington University, said she “admired the work of the current board.”

“However, I want to bring an educator’s voice to the school board,” said Bedford, who previously taught in public schools in northern Nevada.

Karina Hernandez, who has three children attending district schools, said she decided to come forward to help provide more opportunities and services, especially at the high school level, to children in need of a program. individualized education, or IEP.

“More than anything, I want the best not only for my kids but for other kids as well,” Hernandez said.

Kenneth Cameron, a “largely retired” Spokane native, ran for the same job early Monday. Cameron said he was driven by a desire to “give back to the community”.

Three other candidates for District 3, Daryl Johnson, Richard Cangelosi and Daryl Geffken, were unavailable for comment on Thursday afternoon.

Neither Haynes nor Ziehnert have accused their intention to run for either position.

Ziehnert was appointed last year to serve an expiring term. If she decided to run for her current job, she would already have at least three challengers.

Cor Dehle-Jones, from Spokane, said he was a candidate because he wanted schools to improve their teaching of research and critical thinking, particularly “the ability to research and critique sources of information”.

Dehle-Jones attended Chattaroy Elementary, Riverside Middle School, and Saint George’s School before attending Eastern Washington University.

Riley Smith, who works in the fight against hunger, grew up in Spokane public schools and graduated from North Central High School.

“I’ve always been interested in running for office,” said Smith, who said the district’s proposed boundary changes do not align with his goal of promoting fairness in the district.

A third candidate, Rion Ametu, was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

In contrast, two incumbents have already applied for four-year terms on the Mead School District Board.

Board chair Chad Burchard is the only candidate so far for District 1.

In District 5, incumbent Carmen Green filed Tuesday. She has so far a challenger to BrieAnne Gray.

In the Central Valley School District, incumbents Tom Dingus and Mysti Reneau have not said whether they will seek new four-year terms.

Three people – Pam Orebaugh, Jared VonTobel, and Ron Linebarger – applied for Renau’s seat in District 5.

Teresa Landa applied to run in District 2.

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