By Nick Nikkala
NASELLE — Naselle residents Amy Chadwick and Tim Haataia are candidates for the position of District 4 Director on the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors.
The position, currently held by Bud Strange, represents the southwestern section of the overall school district’s jurisdiction which is roughly bordered by State Route 401, Knappton Road and its connecting streets, and State Route 4. It also includes the section of land bordered by South Valley Road and the Naselle River. A more exact depiction of district 4 can be found on the school’s website www.naselle.wednet.edu. Earlier this year, Strange indicated he did not intend to run for re-election in order to do some traveling.
Both candidates were invited to provide information on their backgrounds and reasons for their interest in becoming a member of the board of directors. In response, the candidates provided the following:
Contact phone: 360-751-8100
Education: University of Idaho ‘91-’93 Seattle Pacific University ‘93-’94
Business/professional: Real estate sales, property management, currently own Azure Salon and Spa, work as a licensed cosmetologist
Volunteer organizations: Board of directors South Pacific County Community Foundation, volunteer coordinator for parent group Rising Star (supports the Mandarin Immersion School program).
Why run for position?
The school board director position is an amazing opportunity to be able to represent our community and our important youth that we serve. My two boys, ages 9 and 14, are a large reason for my passion in public school education. I believe all individuals ought to have a voice.
My intention as a School Board member would be to provide a vehicle for all individuals to be heard.
What do I hope to accomplish?
As a representative of the School district I would be serving, it would be my hope to help facilitate effective communication between parents, community and school.
Specifically, I would like to help work on improving some of the established pathways for communication, such as our website, and the connection of that to the social media world. Additionally, working together with the school board, administration, staff, parents, students, etc…. to consider hosting open discussion forums that are more personal, to help proactively inform and educate one another.
Supporting a diverse thinking process that ultimately helps solve the challenges schools face in today’s ever-changing times.
Why I feel I am a good choice for school board director
Through being involved in different school/community projects, such as a school play, Chinese New Year event, Turkey Bingo or classroom volunteer, I have discovered an incredible amount of amazing people that can accomplish so much by working together. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to do more!
I would bring, to the School Board, strengths in interpersonal relations, problem solving, innovative thinking, understanding of business, and budgeting, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. I would bring these attributes under the mindset of being a humble facilitator growing a stronger bond with those we serve and work alongside each day.
Having two boys, ages 9 and 14, whom actively participate at NGRVSD, it is important to me that, if given an opportunity to help build an even more successful educational experience for them, that we seize that opportunity. I believe in diverse thinking that is solution oriented and inclusive.
I am a 1992 Naselle graduate, going to Naselle K-12.
A 1994 graduate from Shoreline Community College, I earned an associates degree in applied arts and science, with a GM degree in automotive mechanics. I was employed at Clyde Revord motors in Everett, from 1994-2001, achieving master technician status working on light duty automotive cars and trucks, While working in Everett, I lived in Mt. Vernon. In 2001 my wife and I moved to Naselle, that is when I started my commercial fishing business that I have owned and operated the last 16 years.
In 1999 I met my wife Amber Haataia. We have been married for 16 years. We decided to start our family, so we moved back to Naselle. We have four children, two twin boys age 15, and two girls ages 14, and 10.
Why I am running for the School Board Position
My decision to run for school board is to be more involved with the school, community, and students. I would like to be involved with the future decisions of Naselle school District. I was born and raised here and know what a great school it is, for the kids and this community. I like to see our athletic programs grow, along with keeping our kids’ academics our top priority.
I have no special agenda with running for school board. I just look forward to helping out our school district.