OLYMPIA -- A top official from the Spokane School District was fined $500 today for improperly using the district's resources to support ballot measures in 2009 and 2012.
Mark Anderson, the district's associate superintendent for School Support Services, agreed to a settlement with the state Public Disclosure Commission of a complaint filed by Laurie Rogers, a frequent critic of the district and self-described education advocate. Commission investigators found repeated instances in which Anderson used district e-mail, computers or other resources to urge staff to attend campaign meetings and for Anderson to attend a conference explaining how to pass levies.
Anderson agreed he had violated the state statute that prohibits public employees from using government resources for political activity. The PDC board agreed to the staff recommendation of a $1,000 fine, with half of it suspended on the condition that he have no further violations for the next four years.