Victoria T. Crescenzi
|Victoria T. Crescenzi|
|Former candidate for|
|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|M.D.||New York Medical College|
|Years of service||1986-2009|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
Crescenzi earned a B.S. from Manhattan College and her M.D. from New York Medical College. She is currently a pediatrician at Naval Hospital Bremerton and chair of the hospital's Graduate Medical Education Committee. Crescenzi served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 until retiring as a Commander in 2009. She and her husband, Peter Carlo, have two children who graduated from district schools.
Crescenzi ran for election to the District 4 seat against incumbent Jeanie Schulze 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|
Crescenzi reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Crescenzi did not receive any endorsements in this election.
Crescenzi's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:
"I recognize that the school board acts as a public service to the community, and is bound by this to operate within the interests of the children, parents, taxpayers, and not its own."
Politics on the board
"I am well versed in child development and education, but not in politics, and have no alliances with any specific groups or prior attachments to anyone in the school district."
"I have valued active collaboration and participation with all colleagues from various disciplines throughout my career, including parents, teachers and administrators, in order to define the best possible outcomes for the children in my care. As a school board member, I will continue to foster healthy relationships between staff, the administration and the community at large."
Public participation in meetings
"I will open the avenues of reciprocal conversation between the board and the community. I too have felt stifled at school board meetings when I can’t even raise my hand to comment. Public comments have to be requested in advance about items, which may not at all be related to the business of the board for the night. I would like to hear discussion between board members to understand why decisions are made addressing the public’s questions as they arise."
"I agree with the number 1 goal of the school board to increase 3rd grade reading, but for the last 4 years our 3rd grade reading scores have decreased. A more practical but equally important point identified by the data, published by the school board in May, agrees with scientific research that class size is obviously not the Holy Grail anyone hoped it was, and despite successfully limiting class size, 3rd grade reading still declined over the past 4 years. This was not because all of a sudden the teachers somehow changed, or children forgot how to read the day of the test. We must look with open minds at what the data tells us, and compare ourselves to what actually changed in CKSD prior to 2009."
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. Jeanie Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and sought a full term against challenger 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 Jeanie 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.
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- Central Kitsap Reporter, "CK school board selects interim superintendent, new board member," May 9, 2013
- Committee to Elect Victoria Crescenzi, "About," accessed August 19, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Committee to Elect Victoria Crescenzi, "Future Goals," accessed August 19, 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