Five finalists selected for the second school board seat
The Washoe County School District Board of Directors (WCSD) reduced the number of candidates for the District D seat on the board of directors to five: Beth Smith, Hawah Ahmad, Ann Silver, Tyler Rogers and Serena Robb.
The board of directors will select one of the candidates on Monday July 26. The District D seat is one of two to be filled following the resignations of Trustees Andrew Caudill (District C) and Kurt Thigpen (District D). Caudill resigned to take a job in another state. Thigpen cited medical reasons for his resignation.
Caudill’s former headquarters, District C, was occupied last week by Joe Rodriguez, who works for the Nevada State Fire Marshal’s Office. He was one of six final candidates who were interviewed by the jury.
The five candidates for District D seat have varied professional backgrounds in education, lobbying, sales and marketing. They were determined by the board of directors through a priority voting system at a special meeting held on Tuesday.
Beth smith worked in marketing for International Game Technology for many years. She is now responsible for the company’s global diversity and inclusion program for North America.
Smith has served on the district’s zoning advisory committee since its formation in 2017 following the passage of polling issue WC-1, which raised taxes in the county to fund capital improvement projects in the district. In her written statements, Smith told administrators she was interested in the position because she is “deeply connected and passionate about the district’s mission to create an education system where all students succeed.”
Ahmad Ahmad is a lobbyist for the Clark County Education Association. She was born and raised in Reno and holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and political science from the University of Nevada at Reno, as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. She is currently working on an MBA at the Paul School of Business at the University of New Hampshire.
In his candidacy for the post, Ahmad told administrators: “Although I am a registered Democrat, I know how to work across the aisle and make sure that every stakeholder feels on board and that policies work. are implemented. “
She also noted that, having no children in the district, she has “a purely political perspective”.
Anne Argent is the CEO of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is the largest business organization in northern Nevada with over 2,000 members whose businesses employ more than 90,000 Washoe County residents.
Silver said his interest in the job was twofold. She wants to align educational content with developing a workforce pool for graduates of WCSD schools – and she wants to “promote the magic of the classroom and the opportunities available to those who are inspired to learn,” question, discover and explore which paths to take after graduation.
Tyler rogers is the senior director of utility sales for software company EnergyHub, which is one of several companies that run demand response programs for energy use nationwide. The company’s software can be paired with things like smart thermostats to help homeowners and businesses reduce their energy use.
Rogers is a district graduate. He was the student representative on the board of directors in 2003.
Rogers told the board of directors that the job “touches him close to home” as his wife is a WCSD high school teacher and his daughter will be entering school in the district in the next few years.
“I attended elementary, middle and high school in D district schools,” he said. “Having historical, present and future issues in the success of the district is an essential value that I can bring to the board of directors. “
Serena robb worked for the school district for 36 years, as speech therapist, school counselor and principal, among others.
Robb spent most of her nearly four decades with the district as an administrator and oversaw the opening of Damonte Ranch High School, established a drop-in center for transitioning students, and replaced the home suspensions at his school through school detention programs. .
“I think it’s worth mentioning here why I spent most of my tenure as a full-time employee at WCSD as an administrator,” she said. “While working as a counselor, I started to come up with ideas – ways to improve student learning. As an administrator, some of my ideas have been successful. Further adjustments needed. Along with my colleagues, I have constantly assessed, taken action, re-assessed and taken more action. One thing has never changed: my efforts to improve student learning.
This Is Reno will report on the selection of one of these five candidates on July 26. The board of directors will hold its first regular board meeting with new directors later in the afternoon following selection.
Jeri Chadwell came to Reno from rural Nevada in 2004 to study anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2012, she returned to university for a master’s degree in journalism. She is the former associate and editor of Reno News & Review and received the Nevada Press Association’s top prize for her investigative and business reporting. Jeri is passionate about the history, politics and communities of Nevada.