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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
Yelm Community Schools - School Board Director, District No. 1

School Districts - Thurston County is divided into nine separate school districts, each governed by a five-member board. The board’s responsibilities include: budget, policy development, curriculum approval, planning, and communications. School board directors delegate authority for day-to-day functions to professional staff; however, they may never delegate ultimate responsibility. Board members are elected in a nonpartisan general election by voters within that school district. They receive no salary. A board may approve a per diem compensation for its members for attending board meetings. In most districts, candidates must reside in the subdistrict for which they are seeking office. All candidates are elected by the voters of the entire school district.

All school district positions are nonpartisan.

  Only voters residing within the Yelm Community Schools District will vote on this position.
Statements are written by the candidates, who are solely responsible for the contents therein.
William A. Hashim 9330 El Camino Ln SE, Yelm, WA 98597, (360) 458-1242,
William A. Hashim

I love the pursuit of knowledge and I love children. What better combination is there for someone who wants to sit on an educational board of directors? I’m running for Yelm Community Schools, School Board Director for District #1. Yelm Schools do a fine job of preparing children for post high school education. My three children had gone to Yelm High School and all have graduated from college. I have nearly 35 years of public service as an environmental professional. I have 12 years post high school education and 8 years as an adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College. I am a strategic planner by profession with skills in the group process. I want to explore ways to improve our graduation rate and to understand why only 55% of our children go off to college while continuing to work with other board members to fine tune our educational system.

Mark L. Rohwedder 5721 Peninsula Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98513, (360) 561-8727,
Mark L. Rohwedder

My vision is that all students achieve the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic, but also the 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. My goal for the students of Yelm are to graduate with the confidence in their knowledge to enter college, technical school, apprenticeships, or the job market with the best education possible. I will work with the community, teachers, administrators, board members, and state legislators to guarantee that Yelm Community Schools have the required funding, safe and quality buildings, current technology and resources, correct testing requirements, and the dedicated and qualified staff to fulfill the needs of all students in our district. As a parent and community member, I have volunteered in our schools, been a part of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, and participated in development of the district’s Strategic Plan. I believe strong schools are the heart of a thriving community.

Ballots will begin arriving October 17, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by October 24,
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