|Pasco Board of Directors, Position 3|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Northwest Nazarene College|
|Master's||University of Missouri-Kansas City|
Leggett earned a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene College and later received a M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He served as a principal at area schools for 21 years as well as an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University before retirement. Leggett has volunteered with the Pasco Kiwanis Club and Tri-Cities Retired Educators Association.
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Leggett sought a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen 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|
Leggett reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The Bellingham Herald endorsed Leggett on October 10, 2013.
Leggett won a fourth term on the board without opposition in the November 3, 2009 general election.
|Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 3, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||William Leggett Incumbent||100%||6,990|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor|
Leggett provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Franklin County:
"I ran for the school board in 1997 because at the time I felt the Pasco School District needed more positive leadership from its board members. I am proud that over the years we have been able to provide respected leadership, and have developed a school district that is the envy of many in the state.
During my 21 years as a Pasco principal I supervised the building of McLoughlin Middle School, and New Horizons High School. This experience proved valuable as a board member when student population soared, forcing us to build several schools.
I am proud that I was part of Pasco School District Board of Directors when we were named the 2010 “School Board of the Year” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association. In 2002, we received the National Magna Award, for a program known as the “Bulldog House,” designed to help prepare students for successful school-to-work transitions.
During my years on the board I have made a point of not just attending board meetings, but also visiting schools and talking with staff, students and parents on a regular basis.
As Pasco continues to grow, I believe my long history with the district is still needed."
What was at stake?
Incumbents 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 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, 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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- Pasco School District, "Bill Leggett," 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