City: Spokane, WA
Education: Graduated from Saint Pius X High School in Albuquerque in 1993. Earned a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2005. Earned her master’s degree in military history from Norwich University in 2009.
Political experience: None.
Work experience: Has worked as a teacher since 2005 and has been a substitute in Spokane Public Schools for the last two years.
Family: Married to Brian MacFarlane. They have one daughter 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.
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.
Five candidates with varied ties to public education want to take them even further by seeking election to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.