Candidate encourages keeping cuts away from classrooms

October 8, 2011

By Christina Lords

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Denise Eider

As a mother of two children in the Renton School District, school board candidate Denise Eider has seen back-to-school supply lists get longer and longer.

“Everyone’s had to cut back and really watch dollars,” she said. “The district has definitely had to do that, too. Educators are being asked to do so much more with less from Olympia. Our main focus needs to be keeping those cuts away from classrooms.”

Eider, an account executive for a title company who lives in the West Hill area, is running unopposed for the four-year, district No. 4 position.

Todd Franceschina and Lynn Desmarais, two uncontested incumbents, are on the November ballot to retain their seats on the Renton School Board.

The school board will need to continue to provide feedback to state lawmakers on how Washington schools are affected by legislators’ continued cuts to public education, Eider said.

Parents, community leaders and other residents must be involved in those conversations to make a greater impact, she said.

“Our biggest challenges right now are the budget cuts,” Eider said. “I’ve seen that teachers in the district want to be here, and students are genuinely excited to learn here. They need to know community leaders, parents and staff are behind them 100 percent.”

One way parents and residents can support schools is by voting in favor of district-sponsored levies when they’re on the ballot, she said.

The school board must retain high expectations of its students, and make sure professional development and higher education opportunities are options for Renton students, she said.

Eider said she would like to see continued support for teachers and other staff to be able to communicate, collaborate and problem solve with each other and other educators across the district.

Her experience as an account manager and volunteering with her church has helped prepare her for her role on the school board, she said.

“I’m excited to support all of the school district, including those schools in the Newcastle area,” Eider said. “I’m excited to participate and, if elected, give my time to this board.”

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