Kennewick School Board Pos 1

Micah Valentine

Elected Experience

This will be my first elected position.

I'm excited to serve the community!

Other Professional Experience
Eagle Scout, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster; LDS Mission in El Salvador, Sales and Marketing Manager...

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Donors

💰$69 from 3+ donors, including Small Contributions ($23)Valentine Micah ($23)Massey Michael ($23)

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Scott Rodgers

Elected Experience
No Information Submitted

Other Professional Experience
Current: Attorney and Counselor at Law, (Rodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers); Also serve Washington State Medical Commission as Medical Commissioner.

Former:...

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Donors

💰$8,370 from 43+ donors, including Lorenzo Kerry ($1000)Ibew Local Union 112 Pac ($1000)Ua Local Union 598 ($1000)Washington Education Association Political Action Committee ($1000)Northwest Carpenters Union ($1000)Small Contributions ($270)Teamsters Local 839 Separate Segregated Fund ($250)Shjerven Russell D ($250)

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Statement AStrong ALean ALean BStrong BStatement B

Our district is underfunded for the needs of our operations, maintenance, and/or capital improvements.

Scott Rodgers
Rodgers

Our student population continues to grow by roughly 2% a year. This growth rate, if sustained, means a 20% increase in students between years 9 and 10. We must continue to prepare for expansion.

Micah Valentine
Valentine

The KSD has a significant amount of money flowing through the system. We can’t just blindly continue to increase taxes on families (taking money from them). We must spend their money wisely and judiciously.

Funding in our school district is adequate for operations, maintenance, and/or capital improvements.

In the context of the district budget, our teachers are compensated fairly. Any raises should be through cost of living adjustments or the annual step increases built into the salary schedules for additional education and years of experience teaching.

Micah Valentine
Valentine

Our teachers are in the top 10 best paid teachers in the nation. They are wonderful and hard working. They love our kids. I’m grateful they are being paid more than most teachers in the nation.

Scott Rodgers
Rodgers

Teaching is hard. It’s dedication, long hours, spending one’s pay for supplies and supplements. “Competitive” is still “unfair.” Take care of our children’s education? Take care of their teachers.

Teachers in our district are under-compensated and should be a higher budget priority than they are currently.

The school board is doing a good job of seeking input from parents and educators.

Scott Rodgers
Rodgers

The district is doing a good job, but we can always improve. The 2-minute open-mic night is not the only channel of communication, and we could spend more effort on outreach and open decision-making.

Micah Valentine
Valentine

The school board is terrible at community collaboration which is why there is no trust. The KSD does not answer questions and they are not accountable to anyone.

The school board should do a much better job of seeking input from parents and educators.

The school district must prioritize the safety of students and staff during this ongoing pandemic.

Scott Rodgers
Rodgers

Both. Students must return to school; and their safety is always priority. They shouldn’t have to mask. So we need every eligible person with no contraindication to get vaccinated. Period. Hard Stop.

Micah Valentine
Valentine

100% YES to both. This is a bad and bias question. The question assumes these are different. The school boards job is to protect students. The teacher’s union is to protect teachers. 100% protect kids. 100% get kids in school. - Protect kids from what? Are more kids dying from Covid or Suicide?

The school district must prioritize getting children back into regular, in-person learning.

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