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Amy L. Phillips
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Pasco Board of Directors, Position 5
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Place of birthBasin City, Washington
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Amy L. Phillips currently represents Position 5 on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. She defeated incumbent Darrell Toombs in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Phillips earned a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University in 1996. She is currently a homemaker, PTA member and classroom volunteer. Phillips and her husband, Craig, have six children.[1][2]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)


Phillips sought election to the board against incumbent Darrell Toombs on November 5, 2013.


Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy L. Phillips 62.8% 5,896
     Nonpartisan Darrell Toombs Incumbent 37.2% 3,495
Total Votes 9,391
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Phillips reported $4,139.37 in contributions and $3,712.03 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $427.34 on hand.[3]


The Bellingham Herald endorsed Phillips on October 10, 2013.[4]

Campaign themes


Phillips listed the following themes on the Facebook page for her 2013 campaign:[1]

Student Achievement

"Students should be regularly assessed to show what they understand and what they do not. When standards are not met, principals should be re-taught."

Teacher Excellence

"Pasco has adopted a new teacher/administrator evaluation system phasing into our schools now. We need to effectively utilize this more efficient evaluation system to help teachers in areas where they are not excelling by providing specific training and using effective teachers to mentor others. Mediocrity or poor teaching should not be an option."

Voice of the Community

"Concerns about our school need to be heard and addressed. Too many parents feel that they are not being heard, especially when things are not going well. School board members should be the link between the community and Pasco School District. School Board members reflect the voice of the community, not the superintendent."


"As a community we deserve to know where our levy dollars are being spent as well as our yearly school budget. Money should be re-allocated to the classrooms. This also should be available through an easily accessible link."

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"Pasco’s curriculum simply isn’t helping our students meet expected standards. This is especially our math and reading/writing curriculum. We need to make things simpler and more effective for new teachers."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[5]

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Pasco (%) Washington (%)
White 55.8 77.3
Black or African American 1.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.1 60.7
2008 37.4 61.1
2004 31.6 65.5
2000 32.5 60.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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