Richland School Board Pos 1

Audra Byrd

Elected Experience
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Other Professional Experience
Former certified k-12 teacher in RSD; Licensed and active foster parent since 2015; Group Fitness Instructor for 19+ years; Water aerobics supervisor at Columbia Basin...

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Audra Byrd
Audra Byrd
Danica Garcia

Elected Experience
PTO Vice-President, Columbia River Pony Club Joint-District Commissioner.

Other Professional Experience
Teacher, curriculum developer, a mother of two children in Richland School District. Taught at WSU Tri-Cities and Columbia...

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Donors

๐Ÿ’ฐ$23,445 from 180+ donors, including Reis Marsha ($2000)Reis Mark ($2000)Childers Christopher ($1500)Ibew Local Union 112 ($1000)Plumbers Steamfitters Local Union 598 ($1000)Small Contributions ($731)Colley Kriste ($613)Buxton Kenneth ($500)

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

Danica Garcia
Garcia

Overall, Richland has done well systematically making improvements on its facilities and maintaining existing infrastructure. We must continue, however, to think about our future needs and planning strategically.

Audra Byrd
Byrd

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.

Audra Byrd
Byrd

Amazing teachers should be rewarded more!

Danica Garcia
Garcia

At present, the salary compensation is fair; looking into the future we need to continue to allocate through cost of living and periodic market salary evaluations to ensure that fairness of compensation. The district must be mindful, however, of not asking teachers to work more hours for the same amount of pay which reduces net compensation and adversely affects work-life balance. Equally, work should continue to be done to pressure the state to fully fund the mandates enacted by legislation.

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.

Danica Garcia
Garcia

The district has taken very positive steps forward in seeking input from parents and educators through creating committees and working groups. However, more can be done to ensure that all voices are fairly represented in decision making and that all parties have equal access to decision makers. Some strategies could include more community nights, town halls in geographical areas, and creating liaison positions within the community. Providing increase language access to represent the multi-lingual community and our deaf community would also be a beneficial step forward.

Audra Byrd
Byrd

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.

Danica Garcia
Garcia

At the time of writing, the current directive from OSPI says that districts must offer an in-person education to everyone who seeks one. I do believe that in-person teaching and learning is the most beneficial for most students; however, that cannot occur at the expense of student or staff health and well-being. Layered risk mitigation strategies must be employed which includes following all requirements and guidelines from state and local health departments along with other government agencies which protect worker safety. Offering options like Homelink and Pacific Crest Online Academy are important choices for families who chose not to attend in-person.

Audra Byrd
Byrd

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

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