Serving on the school board a sound investment in community
October 1, 2021
By Susan Weed
My husband Dennis and I moved to Boundary County 12 years ago after Dennis retired from The Boeing Company. He has been the Director of Economic Development for the county for the past five years. It has been a priority for us to intentionally have a positive impact wherever we live.
What better investment can I make than to invest my time, energy and experience in the students who will soon be my neighbors and some of the employees here in Boundary County?
I grew up in Eastern Washington in a diverse farming community of the Yakima Valley, not unlike growing up here in Boundary County. After high school, I earned my business degree at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
I obtained my Certified Public Accountant license while working for The Boeing Company as an Internal Auditor and I also worked as a manager of accounting and financial planning for the Boeing Defense Company.
Education is in my DNA. Two of my grandparents were a teacher and principal. I had the opportunity to be an educator myself by teaching in the community college environment for several years. Also, I was involved with our children's education from K-12 and volunteered in all aspects of their education.
Today our son is a teacher/administrator in the Spokane School District.
In my first term on the Boundary County School District 101 School Board, I learned that a trustee has two main roles: oversight of our children and oversight of our taxes.
All of the daily responsibilities for running the school district are entrusted to the superintendent. So, being a voice in selecting superintendent Jan Bayer was just one of my critical roles.
Another key role for me is serving as the board representative on the Budget Committee. The school district has worked hard to have clear monthly financial reports, a vision and practice of managing yearly expenses to yearly revenue and stabilizing the unappropriated/reserve balance.
There are challenges ahead. In the short term, our greatest challenge is keeping our kids and staff healthy and in school. In the long term, some critical challenges are achieving a high quality education for our kids so they can compete in this world, recruiting and retaining high quality administrators, teachers and staff and keeping our aging facilities in an up to date condition that is best for our kids' educational environment.
Thank you for voting on election day November 2!
Mike Weland, Publisher
6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
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