|Pasco Board of Directors, Position 4|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Associate's||San Bernardino Valley College|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Lancon earned an Associate's degree from San Bernardino Valley College. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Sterling Savings Bank. Lancon is a member of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce as well as the Consumer Credit Counseling Board. She has two children and four grandchildren who have attended district schools.
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Lancon ran for re-election against challenger Javier Ruiz.
|Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sherry Lancon Incumbent||60.4%||5,833|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013|
Lancon won the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat. She will face challenger Javier Ruiz in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sherry Lancon Incumbent||66.9%||5,013|
|Nonpartisan||Taylor Franklin Taranto||8.1%||606|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor|
Lancon reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The Bellingham Herald endorsed Lancon on October 10, 2013.
Lancon won her first full term on the board without opposition in the November 3, 2009, general election.
|Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Sherry Lancon Incumbent||100%||6,846|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor|
Lancon provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Franklin County:
"For the past seven years it has been my honor and privilege to serve on the Pasco School District Board of Directors. I serve because I care deeply about the children of our community and I am committed to providing pathways to success for all of them. I serve because I am proud to support the employees of the District who work hard every day to give our children the best facilities, meals, transportation and education possible. This is an exciting time in Pasco as we further expand our Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, preparing our students for college and for the high-demand jobs and careers that await them in our community and beyond, and I am excited to be part of it. I have a vested interest in the future of our schools because my grandchildren are Pasco students, like their parents and grandparents before them. I am proud to be a part of the tradition of excellence in education in Pasco. I am grateful that I live in a community that values and supports the education of our children. I would appreciate your continued support as we move forward together in support of our children."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Lancon, William Leggett 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 challenger Amy L. 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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- Pasco School District, "Sherry Lancon," accessed August 29, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- The Bellingham Herald, "Pasco School Board: Phillips, Leggett, Lancon," October 10, 2013
- Franklin County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 30, 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.