Q&A: FW school board candidates share views/Question 3

Ed Barney:

I want to bring a ‘Back to Basics’ approach to the district. With the change to the middle schools and the new high school opening, I want to make sure that we use the tax dollars wisely and that all students receive an equal educational opportunity. Change for change sake is not acceptable. Changes in programs and curriculum must be based on verifiable documentation. If it can’t be proven to work, we don’t need it.

Stephen Percival:

I want to make public education more accessible for all parents so they can help their children be better students. It takes both parents and teachers to have successful students, and parents have not been equal partners in the education process of their children. Also, a quality and strong educational system is a cornerstone to a strong vibrant community with an unequivocal quality of life.

Scott G. Best:

I want to work to establish district goals and policies that will support a safe learning environment that is challenging, stimulating and ensures literacy and success for all students. I want to serve our community by participating and contributing to the educational system. Our children are our top priority and I will always put children first. I also have a personal interest in the school district because I have a daughter in the school system.

Charles R. Hoff:

I care. My experiences have demonstrated we do not provide an adequate education for a significant portion of students. I have had personal experiences with students from this district who do not have the necessary skills to positively contribute to our community. I have spent more than six years attending school board meetings and researching educational processes in many areas. Better education, now more than ever, is required to be a contributing member of our society.

Karla Dyer:

The moment of inspiration was in July as I watched the present socially liberal board vote 4-to-1 to keep sexually explicit books in the curriculum. All four of those seats are up for election this fall. Since then I have learned about the multitude of decisions related to school culture that are influenced by the board and would like to be part of a change in the direction of a more traditional education.

Earl Van Dorien Jr.:

I’m running to provide new leadership, better education, and better test results! I will look at the “Big-Picture” and represent everyone. I don’t have a vendetta against the district, nor am I single-issued. I will consider all available options and implications that the decisions I make will have over the years. Because of this, I will provide that “Big Picture” philosophy with an open mind. I will be direct, honest, ethical, straightforward and accountable!

Lonnie Acree:

There are some issues within the district that I believe need improvement. I have two children still in the Federal Way schools and I hope to have an impact on or influence their education as well as their peers.

William A. May:

I want the process of the school board to become a more “public-friendly” process. The work of the school board is the work of the community. I would like the community to become involved. Today I believe that the community largely expects that the school board does not listen and does not care about what the citizen’s concerns are. These disconnects need to be repaired.

Don Putman:

I am running so that students wanting a quality education may be served and not lost in ideological struggles. I do not care if ideas that come before the board are old or new, conservative or liberal, right wing or left wing. I only care if it helps students to learn, to grow in self confidence and to be capable of becoming their dreams.

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