|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||May 8, 2013|
Schulze earned a B.A. in Art and Art History from Indiana University. She served on the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Kitsap Adult Center for Education Board. Schulze and her husband have two children who graduated from district schools.
Schulze ran for a first full term on the board against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi on November 5, 2013.
|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Jeanie Schulze Incumbent||58.3%||8,154|
|Nonpartisan||Victoria T. Crescenzi||40.8%||5,707|
|Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013|
Schulze reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Schulze did not receive any endorsements in this election.
Schulze lost election to the board on November 8, 2011 against incumbent Christy Cathcart.
|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011|
|Source: Kitsap County Auditor|
Schulze provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Kitsap County:
"Continuing excellence in education; careful management of the District's budget and local tax dollars; and preparing our children for their futures will be critical to our students' and our community's success. As your School Director, I am working hard to ensure our schools continue to provide an exceptional education for all children. I believe leadership begins by putting students at the center of every decision while paying close attention to the financial impact on our schools and community. As a Board member, I believe in asking critical questions and carefully considering all recommendations to understand how they will affect our children's and our community's future.
We are preparing our children now to succeed in a world filled with new opportunities and unexpected challenges. We need to make certain our students have a well-rounded education with critical thinking and problem solving skills. They must adapt quickly to meet the demand for newly created jobs and skills as our economy and technology continue to shift. My decisions will focus on our children's education and future, but be aligned with state and local budget constraints. I would be honored to continue serving you, our children, and our school staff."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Bruce Richards ran for a second term in District 1 against challenger Regina C. Hill. Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and sought a full term against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi. Eric Greene won another term in District 5 without opposition.
The Board of Directors has faced some discord in the past year over the planning of a March retreat and Schulze's appointment. Former board member Christy Cathcart complained to former Superintendent Greg Lynch about the cost, distance and facilitator for a retreat in early March 2013. Cathcart noted that facilitator Karen Simmonds charged the district $1,969.50 for the event while a facilitator from the Washington State School Directors Association would have been available for $900. Greene seconded this criticism during the planning process. These complaints also noted that the event cost $2,600.90 and took place 115 miles away from the district at Pacific Beach.
The appointment of Schulze in May 2013 also created tension in the community. Schulze was selected by a 3-1 vote to fill the District 4 seat left by Christy Cathcart. Cathcart voiced opposition to Schulze's appointment after the vote, citing Schulze's defeat in the 2011 general election. The Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA) also criticized the appointment in part because of a letter written by Schulze that criticized the union's role in the 2011 election. In the letter, Schulze contended that the CKEA skewed endorsement interviews to support Cathcart. Former CKEA president Cheryl Brown is pursuing a civil suit against Schulze for defamation of character related to these claims.
About the district
Silverdale outpaced state averages for median income and poverty rate while lagging behind higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Silverdale's median income at $61,834 while the state median income was $58,890. Silverdale had a poverty rate of 7.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).
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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- Kitsap Sun, "Jeanie Schulze," accessed August 19, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "November 8, 2011 General Election Results," accessed August 19, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 27, 2013
- Central Kitsap Reporter, "School board divided before, after retreat," March 15, 2013
- Central Kitsap Reporter, "School board appointee met with skepticism," May 25, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Silverdale," accessed August 19, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "Kitsap County Election Archives," accessed August 19, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014