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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
Centralia School District No. 401-L - School Board Director, Position 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 Centralia School District will vote on this position.  
Michael J. Kelly 133 Clearview Heights Rd, Centralia, WA 98531, (360) 623-5242,
Michael J. Kelly

My name is Michael Kelly and I am running for re-election to the Centralia School Board. I was born and raised in Centralia, where I attended Centralia Public Schools graduating in 1988. Currently I have two children attending Centralia schools and two who have graduated from the Centralia school system. I am insistent on a high quality and efficient school system here in Centralia.

Serving on the school board for the last four years has been an honor and a privilege. I have had the opportunity to help shape the educational experience for our youth in Centralia in many positive ways.

As the districts Legislative representative for the last four years I have actively advocated for public education in Olympia. I have developed strong relationships with legislators allowing us to have a voice in educational decisions in Olympia.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve you four more years.

Ron Averill 2523 Graf Rd, Centralia, WA 98531, (360) 330-0334,
Ron Averill

I am running for the School Board because I have an abiding interest in our students getting a quality education and achieving success. Too many students either fail to graduate, or require remedial courses to enter college. New businesses complain that local candidates seeking jobs can’t read or do not have the skills needed for employment. The K-12 and Community College system must work closely together to provide both the environment and quality learning paths for our students to obtain employment.

Our teachers and administrators are committed to student achievement. As a Board member I am committed to safe, effective schools and providing the tools for success. My 30 years as an Army Officer, 16 in Higher Education as a Professor and College Dean, and 6 as a County Commissioner, give me the training and experience to work with teachers, administrators, the legislature, and the public to achieve success.

Amy Buzzard 804 Pheasant Rd, Centralia, WA 98531, (360) 736-5682,
Amy Buzzard

I am invested in Centralia schools, both as a graduate and proud mother of four children. I have been a member of this community for 30 years, recently serving the school district on a Levy committee as well as a focus group for the Strategic Planning Committee. I volunteer in the schools and will continue to do so for many years to come.

I am asking for your vote because I want to be an advocate for our children as well as teachers, curriculums and programs. I will strive to keep the best interest of our students a top priority. I want to strengthen the financial resources of the school district so we have the resources to serve our children in a time of great need.

A vote for me would be a vote for someone who listens closely and strives to serve all children.

Ballots will begin arriving July 18, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by July 24, contact our office immediately.

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