Mountain View School District’s Zone 4 board position is sought by Pam Reidlen and incumbent Mike Dominguez. The following are candidate profiles.
Education: Graduated from Asotin High School and enlisted in U.S. Navy
Family: Wife Lisa, five children Trae, Ty, Tristin, Angel and Tatiana
Length of residence in area: 14th year, wife was born and raised here
Occupation: Owner 5 Star Forestry, LLC
Experience/Qualifications: Board Trustee for over six years and two years as board chairman
I have a vested interest in our schools and community. I have three children that attend our schools and many friends and family who live on a fixed income and cannot afford more tax added to our Levi’s. I have worked hard to keep costs down and the amount requested from our taxpayers down while trying to provide a good education for our children.
I will represent the best interest of the district. That includes employees, taxpayers and the children’s education. Unlike my opponent, I am not endorsed by any special interest group like the teacher’s union. I know the issues that this district faces and have been to the state capital and addressed these issues in front of the State Education Committee.
Our #1 issue is funding from the State of Idaho. I went to Boise and informed the State representatives during an Education hearing that they have a constitutional duty to provide a free and equitable education to ALL children in Idaho. When our district has to ask local taxpayers to supplement a 26% shortfall in funding and Boise schools complain that they may have to cut one of three culinary classes and maybe one of six foreign languages to make their budget. That is neither free nor equitable. I will continue to go to the State capital and pull on the ears of our representatives to be heard.
Our schools need many things but if reelected I will fight for three key issues: Funding from the State, more career based education and keeping liberal ideology out.
Age: 71 years young, resides near Kooskia for 25 years
Family: Married, no children
Education: B.A. – Secondary Education – Spanish
(Plus 130 additional college credits and continuing education units in education, social work, technology, finance, public management, and communication skills)
Occupation: Twenty-two years of classroom experience (14 years at Kamiah HS), six years as a social worker, and eight years of administrative experience at the state level in Nevada’s child welfare agency. There I was involved in developing and monitoring budgets, writing grants and policies, program planning and evaluation, all the while communicating with staff, other agencies, legislators, and the public.
Web or social media site: Facebook site in progress
Motivation – Once I starting talking to community members and school staff about my intention to run for this position I realized how necessary it is to make a change in the school board if we are to move forward. Also, not one of the current trustees has any background as an educator that I am aware of. I not only have the qualifications, but the time needed to do the job right.
Three biggest issues
1) Restore public trust and confidence in the school board.
2) Refocus on programs and staff required to meet the District Mission: “Educational Excellence for All.”
3) Increase community support and involvement in meeting students’ needs.
1) Elect school board trustees whose only agenda is providing the best education the community can support. Ensure trustees have skills and knowledge to effectively work with all parties and make fair, informed decisions.
2) Implementation and ongoing re-assessment of the recently approved Combined District Plan. Review barriers and incentives to ensure staff receives adequate support in meeting all students’ needs.
3) Establish respectful, open, two-way communication between the school board, district and school staff, students, parents and community.
It isn’t a question of whether it takes a village or a family to raise a child. In today’s world it takes both. We can’t accomplish anything worthwhile unless we do this together.