A candidate for Mead School Board, district 3, Mead School District in the 2019 Washington General Election, Nov. 5
His words: “We don’t keep a cash reserve as large … because we think today’s dollars need to be spent on today’s children.”
His pitch: Olson is concerned about overcrowding in the Mead district, especially in the elementary schools. A recently passed bond allowed the district to buy new land. Now, Olson said the priority has to be evaluating school boundaries in an effort to best relieve the burden on elementary schools. Olson said he’s also concerned about how the district will be able to fund state mandates.
“The problem that we have is that the state will give us mandates but they aren’t funded,” he said.
Notable experience: Olson has been on the school board since 1985. He worked as a banker in Seattle for First National Bank (later Bank of America).
Education: Graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1959. Earned bachelor degrees from Eastern Washington University and the Pacific Coast Banking School.
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The Mead School District is beginning to take public comment on its proposal to adjust the elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries to accommodate the new schools being built in the district.
The Mead School District is doing more than just picking up the pieces following the rejection earlier this month of a $14.6 million supplemental levy.
The rejection of Mead School District’s $14.6 million levy left school officials in the tough position of canceling a new elementary school project and trying to win back the trust of community.
By late last week, more than 900 students in Spokane Public Schools lacked the necessary immunizations. The deadline was Monday, when 323 were turned away.
Wylder, who was appointed to the seat at the beginning of the year, defended the school board’s decisions to end programs while facing a projected budget shortfall next year. Cannon said those decisions were “short-sighted” and have left parents and students without needed support.
Bob Olson, who has on the Mead School District board for 34 years, says stability on the board will help the district navigate a difficult period. His challenger in the Nov. 5 election, John Hatcher, disagrees. Hatcher says the district “needs new ideas and input.”
Alone among the larger districts in Spokane County, the Mead School District decided this year to mitigate its budget problems by offering a two-year supplemental levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. If the $14.6 million measure passes, the district will reinstate some paraeducators who were let go in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel, and expand learning opportunities for nontraditional students.
The Mead School District opens a Sixth Grade Center to house sixth-graders temporarily while a new middle school is under construction in the Five Mile area.
Students at Shiloh Hills Elementary were extremely excited to be back at school for a dedication ceremony Tuesday, even if it was just for the night.
Two Midway Elementary teachers in the Mead School District are celebrating receiving grants from the Safeway/Albertsons Foundation to fund hands-on learning experiences that they hope will excite and engage their students.