|Federal Way Board of Education, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Alcorn State University|
Wells earned a B.S. from Alcorn State University and an M.Ed. from City University. He is currently a doctoral student at Seattle University. Wells is the principal at Overcomer Academy at Overcomer Covenant Church in Auburn, Washington.
Wells ran against fellow challenger Carol Gregory for the District 4 seats on November 5, 2013.
|Federal Way Board of Directors, District 4, Four-year term, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013|
|Federal Way Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Kenneth Lance Barton||17.6%||2,381|
|Source: King County Elections|
Wells reported $1,145.00 in contributions and $206.89 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $938.11 on hand.
Wells received the following endorsements in 2013:
- State Representative Roger Freeman
- League of Education Voters
- Bob Celski
- Tony Moore
- Angela Griffith
- Danny Peterson.
Wells provided the following statement of principles in the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet published by King County for the general election:
"The children of Federal Way are our most valuable asset therefore I am committed to holding our district accountable to improving every student’s academic performance. We must increase our graduation rates by diligently teaching the skills necessary for career and college while improving parental engagement. My goals include increasing the use of technology within our classrooms, improving school safety and refining our current grading system.
I have served in public schools as an elementary and middle school teacher, high school assistant principal and assistant superintendent. In 2004 I was recognized by OSPI for closing the achievement gap while principal. I have learned that improving student achievement requires accountability, fiscal responsibility, and a sincere belief that every child is capable of achieving success.
I’m passionate about education, which is why in my personal time I teach life skills classes in King County’s correctional facilities and career-guidance classes at my church.
As school board director I will advocate for children and families, while making decisions that align with the educational outcomes I want for my own two children."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Ed Barney sought a fourth term in the District 1 seat against challenger Geoffery Z. McAnalloy. Newcomers Wells and Carol Gregory ran for the District 4 seat currently held by Angela Griffin, who did not file for election.
The Board of Education is facing increased scrutiny from local residents over travel spending and the recent removal of Tony Moore from the board presidency. At a board meeting on October 15, parents confronted the board over $60,000 in travel expenses accrued as part of the district's participation in the Global Partnership for Education. Board members argued that trips to Europe and Asia were necessary to study international education while critics argued that the money could have been used for classroom resources.
The board voted 3-2 at the October 15 meeting to remove Moore as president after his arrest in September for felony theft. Moore was indicted by an Oregon jury on August 23 on charges that he conspired to steal $150,000 worth of commercial tires for his salvage business.
About the district
- See also: Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Federal Way lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.4%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Federal Way's median income at $55,846 while the state median income was $58,890. Federal Way had a poverty rate of 15.4% 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 1, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Seattle Times, " Federal Way School Board president steps down," October 16, 2013
- Seattle Times, "Federal Way School Board president indicted in alleged tire-theft scheme," September 24, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Federal Way," accessed August 9, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014