Amy L. Phillips
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.
- 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|
|Nonpartisan||Amy L. Phillips||62.8%||5,896|
|Nonpartisan||Darrell Toombs Incumbent||37.2%||3,495|
|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.
The Bellingham Herald endorsed Phillips on October 10, 2013.
Phillips listed the following themes on the Facebook page for her 2013 campaign:
"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."
"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."
Campaign video for Amy L. Phillips
"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.
About the district
- See also: Pasco School District, Washington
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%.
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.
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- Facebook, "Amy Phillips for Kids," accessed August 29, 2013
- Franklin County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 30, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- The Bellingham Herald, "Pasco School Board: Phillips, Leggett, Lancon," October 10, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Pasco school operations levy won't meet expected costs, board told," August 27, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Pasco," accessed August 29, 2013
- Franklin County Auditor, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.