City: Spokane, WA
Education: Goldendale High School class of 1991. Earned an associates degree in general business from Bellevue College in 1991. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business and IT management from Western Governors University Washington in 2018. Will start a master’s program in health leadership at WGU this fall.
Political experience: None.
Work experience: Director of tribal relations at Better Health Together since June. She has worked there since 2017. Was previously the communications manager for The NATIVE Project from 2015-’17. Worked with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians in gaming regulations from 2000-’15. Has served on the Spokane Public Schools diversity advisory council for three years and was the chair for the 2017-’18 school year.
Family: Married to Andrew Slagle. They have four children who graduated from Ferris High School.
Candidates for three open Spokane Public Schools board seats are drawing lots of financial support. They’re also drawing a clear divide on the issues.
Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.
At the Northwest Passages Pints and Politics debate between Spokane School Board and City Council candidates, candidates Kelli MacFarlane and Jenny Slagle talk about Spokane school issues as they vie for the Position 2 seat on the Spokane Public Schools board. Debate was October 3, 2019 and held at OverBluff Cellars’ tasting room at the Washington Cracker Building in Spokane.
All six remaining Spokane School Board candidates agree that the question of improving security is more complicated than the black-and-white question of whether the district should arm its campus resource officers or contract with law enforcement for similar services.
Whoever wins the race for Position 2 on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors, expect them to take a cautious approach on budgetary issues. All three candidates – Luc Jasmin III, Kelli MacFarlane and Jenny Slagle – support more fiscal restraint as the district deals with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit. All three support – or at least are open to supporting – the district asking voters for a levy to prevent recent budget cuts.
Newcomers ready to campaign for Spokane school board as three incumbents decline to seek re-election
Three incumbents declined to file for re-election to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors this week, setting the stage for newcomers to help tackle public education policy and budgeting.