|Pasco Board of Directors, Position 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Associate's||Spokane Community College|
Toombs earned an A.A. from Spokane Community College. He currently works as the manager of Yoke's Fresh Market in West Richland. Toombs has served on the West Richland Chamber of Commerce and volunteered with the Red Mountain Lions Club. He has three children attending district schools.
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Toombs sought his first full term on the board against challenger Amy L. Phillips 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|
Toombs reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Toombs provided the following statement about his service on the board in his district profile:
"Having three children in the Pasco School District gives me a vested interest in the success of the District. Students are our future and I feel it is important that we allow children to be as successful as they can be. Having a strong school system in place is key in providing for that success. Our District faces some unique challenges and I am eager to work with the other board members and our superintendent to meet those challenges.
Pursuing a board position also comes from my respect and admiration for our teachers. Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work with different schools and teachers and I am always amazed with the job that teachers are able to do with what they have. I feel it is important to support our teachers’ efforts and get them anything that we can to help them with their task of teaching our children."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Toombs, William Leggett and Sherry Lancon 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 challenger Amy L. Phillips.
Growing enrollment, tightening budget
The district 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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
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- Tri-City Herald, "West Pasco resident appointed to Pasco school board," March 19, 2013
- Pasco School District, "Darrell Toombs," accessed August 29, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 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