My name is Cindy Kelly and I am running for WSSDA Vice President. I have served on the Port Angeles School Board for 16 years and during that time served as Board President, Legislative Representative and on multiple committees. My experience as a local board member includes hiring two superintendents, budget reductions, multiple levy passages, closure of schools and school boundary changes.
My leadership at the state level began with service on several WSSDA committees including: Annual Conference Planning, Trust Lands Task Force, Diversity Multicultural Advocacy Team and Interscholastic Activities Committee. I joined the Washington School Boards’ Education Foundation board in 2003. Read more...
I strengthened my legislative experience and knowledge through my service on the WSSDA Legislative Committee and the NSBA Federal Relations Network. I have been fortunate to advocate for our students with both state and federally elected officials. I appreciate the relationship I have created over the years with our policy makers at both levels.
I continued my leadership at a state education level when I was elected to the WSSDA Board of Directors in 2010. I am currently WSSDA minority delegate and represent WSSDA at NSBA Annual Delegate Assembly.
While serving as WSSDA Tribal liaison to Tribal Leaders Congress, my legislative experience was an asset when I had the opportunity to work with Senator McCoy and his staff in writing the Progress Report on House Bill 1495 for our state legislators.
Being from the Olympic Peninsula and coming from a rural district, I understand that rural or urban, small or large district, wealthy or disadvantaged, each of us face challenges in helping our students of today and giving them the opportunities of being our leaders of tomorrow.
My belief is that you must be actively involved to make a difference and I know my years of experience, knowledge and dedication to public education has well prepared me to be your next WSSDA Vice President. I’m a proud product of public education and I believe that you can’t just talk the talk but you must walk the walk.
My vision is that all 1477 school board directors have a voice, that we continue to be the go-to organization for school directors, that we empower our members with knowledge and skills to govern, provide policy resources, and most of all, we promote innovation to address new educational trends and future needs for all our students.
We have many challenges facing public education in our state from lack of resources and funding for our school facilities to equity issues and implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I will work closely with all our partner educational organizations and reach out to my fellow school board directors across the state. I will also continue my legislative work with state and federal legislators, Tribal Leaders Congress and the Washington School Boards’ Educational Foundation. It takes all of us together to continue to grow this outstanding organization. I am prepared to lead us through the collaboration and team work to achieve our goals, vision and mission.
I am looking forward to serving you and would appreciate your support and vote.