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A VtEDN*ESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS NEWS NOTES Water.safety programs scheduled Public Health of Seattle and King County's Injury Prevention Program will hold a water-safety program called April Pools Day, 7-9 p.m. April 16 at Julius Boehm Pool. Issaquah Parks and Recreation staff, lifeguards, Issaquah police and Eastside Fire & Rescue fire- fighters will host interactive activities and booths to prepare families for emergencies. Learn safety lessons, both in and out of the pool, for a variety of water situations. Fee is $5 per family at the door. The same program is being held I-6 p.m. April 17 at Pine Lake Club in Sammamish. Salmon Days Festival takes home seven awards The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival recently received seven awards at the annual Washington and Oregon Festivals and Events Conference. The 2003 Salmon Days Festival won gold awards foi" Best Souvenir Pin, Best Community Service Children's Program, Best Newspaper Insert and Best Promotional Campaign. The fes- tival won silver awards for Best Website, Best T-shirt Design and Best Poster. The festival is presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. i ,Li , , ,E Candidates: Public asked to submit questions FHOM PAGE AI people can think of it like an elec- tion, but it's a bit different because it's our four votes, so it's an odd sit- uation," Woldseth said. Kathleen Drew Home --18-year Issaquah resi- dent. Occupation -- community and government-relations director for the University of Washington Bothell camPus. Former state sen- ator. b Education -- Bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio University and bachelor's degree in communications from The Evergreen State College. Schools involvement -- Classroom volunteer, VIA member, Clark Elementary principal search committee, facilities and growth committee, instructional materials committee, state senate joint select committee for education restruc- turing and higher education com- mittee. Community involvement -- Friends of Youth, Mountains-to- Sound Greenway, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Issaquah Alps Trails Club, American Council of Young Political Leaders. b Family -- Married with a son at Issaquah High. With a background that includes more than 20 years in public-sec- tor communications and policy positions -- including as a state senator from 1993 to 1997 -- Drew said she has "the experience to fight for public education on behalf of our community." She understands education at many different levels, she said, from the state perspective to the Issaquah classroom perspective. She believes schools need ade- quate funding to achieve their goals and that forging community partnerships are fundamental to meeting "the complex issues and challenges facing young people today." In order for students to lead sat- isfying and productive lives in the future, Drew said schools should "strive to provide a complete spec- trum of educational opportunities, including music, the arts, physical education and competitive sports," in addition to the basics. She believes Policy Governance is the right way to go, but there needs to be a focus on linking com- munity participation with policy decisions. To reach more community mem- bers, Drew said she would sched- ule informal discussions at coffee shops, hold meetings at rotating locations and look into broadcast- ing school board meetings on pub- lic-access TV. As a state senator, Drew worked to strengthen the state's ethics laws, and she said a similar rOCeSS of reviewing open-meeting ws and policies and educating constituents could be a way to build trust here. She also believes that feedback -- clearly stating why a citizen's input was or was not incorporated -- is key. "I am a passionate advocate for public education; I have stronl( relationships with many sectors ot the community and I want to use my leadership ability and my com- munication and public-policy expe- Anderson to seek third House BY LARRY JOHNSON Republican Glenn Anderson hopes District 5 voters will send him back to the House of Representatives to tackle what he sees as a three-headed monster challenging the state. "My focus is really going to he three things if I m re-elected," he said. "That's the economy, restor- ing trust in government, and K-12 education funding." Anderson, 46 last week, repre- sents Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Maple Valley and Snoqualmie Valley in the Legislature, where he sits on the House K-12 Education Committee; Appropriations; Technology, and Telecommunications/Energy com- mittees and is House floor leader. He is the director of business development for Bellevue Community College, where he over- sees programs for workers who need retraining and skill upgrades. I'm a big community college fan," he said. "When people know what they want out of college, many of them go to community col- leges. We tend to get a little too focused on the four-year schools. We need rocket scientists, too, but nine out of 10 of us aren't them." Anderson, who will face former Issaquah School Board member Barbara de Michele in the November election, was first elect- ed in 2000. A native Alabaman, he moved to the Puget Sound region 17 years ago. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Alabama. "We've got to get the state economy back on its feet," Anderson said. "Family-wage jobs pay'the bills for all the amenities that IIL GlfllN make this a place we love to live. We have to reduce the level of government regulation so that employees want to locate here and hire employees." Over-regulation generally reduces trust in government and breeds cynicism, he said. "People are generally smart and responsible and want to do the right thing,' nobody can them mistrust makes them On the issue Anderson said in place for 27 be closely n "K-12 educatio paramount duty, increasingly tations for be fair to to provide We're making passed WASL school., nOW we funding levels tions." rience to improve education in community, Drew said. our Home -- 10-year Issaquahresi- dent. b Occupation -- President and chief financial officer of firm that rovides technical solutions to usinesses. Education -- Bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Notre Dame and master's in busi- ness from the University of Washington. b Schools involvement -- Issaquah Schools Foundation, cur- riculum review team, district budget committee, curriculum budget team, Issaquah Valley site council. b Community involvement -- Coach for Issaquah Little League, assistant coach for Issaquah Soccer Club, coach for Issaquah Parks and Recreation basketball. Family -- Married with two sons (Apollo and Issaquah Valley) and a baby due in mid-April. Schattenkerk, who has an exten- sive business management back- ground, garnered more than 6,700 votes in the most recent school board election (in which he ran in the incorrect director area because of an outdated map provided by the school district). He believes that's an important message. "My qualifications and experi- ence faced intense public scrutiny during the recent school board elections," he said. "Through that process, I garnered support of community and business leaders, labor groups and 49 percent of the voters. They were convinced that my experience, training and inter- ests will help ensure that we come together to strengthen our district. They believe my experience would help to generate enthusiasm, confi- dence and trust in our district. They believed my experience would be valuable in creating a positive environment that supports strong and effective governance." Overall, Schattenkerk said he wants the board to refocus on stu- dent achievement and what that means. He has three basic observations that he would bring to the board: This is a wonderful district with positive attributes that cannot, be neglected; there needs to be clear- er communication of how dollars are being spent in order to rebuild trust; and there is a community desire to elevate the level of dis- cussion about student learning. He has experience operating under a Policy Governance-type model in his job, and he believes it s effective and has the potential to rebuild trust in the district. He describes himself as someone who leads through consensus by having respect for different per- spectives, listening actively and searching for common ground. "The role of public education is to provide each child, from those that struggle to those that excel, access to classes, teachers and educational services necessary to meet learning standards expected by the community," Schattenkerk said. ah b Hone -- glff-year resident of Issaquah. b Occupation -- National sales director for a company that manu- factures educational products. Education -- Bachelor's degree in communication from University of Northern Colorado and master's in management from Alaska Pacific University. Schools involvement-- Issaquah Schools Foundation, District Advisory Team, business education committee, district budget commit- tee, school VIAs. Community involvement -- Rotary Club of Issaquah, Issaquah Festivals Committee, Chair of lssaquah Rotary Run, announcer at Salmon Days and Fourth of July parades. Family -- Married with two chil- dren (Issaquah High and Briarwood). In addition to his volunteer work in the Issaquah School District, Winkler said he has a unique view- point on education because he works with school districts across the nation in his job. As part of that, he stays abreast of national education laws and trends, and participates in educational confer- ences. The Issaquah School District, Winkler said, "must balance the need to meet the requirements of state and federal learning targets while also striving to reduce class size, attract and maintain high- quality teachers and account for the growth requirements in the fastest-growing city in Washington." Simultaneously, the wide array of students must levels, he said. 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