Steven A. Christensen
Christensen earned a B.S. in Engineering from Brigham Young University. He has worked for more than two decades as a mechanical engineer and currently owns a small business. Christensen has volunteered time with the local Boy Scouts troop as well as the Pasco Youth Football board. He has five children who have attended district schools.
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Christensen ran for the Position 3 seat against incumbent William Leggett on November 5, 2013.
|Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 3, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Steven A. Christensen||55.2%||5,274|
|Nonpartisan||William Leggett Incumbent||44.8%||4,288|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013|
Christensen reported $2,708.59 in contributions and $2,708.59 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.
Christensen provided the following statement to the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Franklin County:
"As a father of four Pasco school system graduates - and one current student - I believe we have an obligation to provide our children with the best education possible. I also believe we can meet this obligation in a highly effective, yet fiscally responsible manner.
We must begin the essential process of prioritizing how we spend our education dollars. We need to attract and retain the best teachers and give them the tools and support necessary to help our students excel. We need to inspire and motivate students to learn.
We have many outstanding teachers, capable students and dedicated administrators in our district. We have a duty to hold our administrators, teachers and students accountable for making the most of the resources our community provides.
We must ensure the values promoted in our schools reflect the values of our community.
We must redirect money from school district administration back to classrooms where we get the most educational value from each dollar.
My opponent has served the Pasco School District for many years. However, I believe the time is right for new ideas and fresh perspectives to help tackle persistent old problems."
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 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%.
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- Scientists inspire Pasco school names - Bellingham Herald
- Longtime Pasco educator, school board member ready to move on - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
- Franklin County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," Accessed October 30, 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