|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 1|
|Years in position||13|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 3, 2009|
|First elected||November 2002|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of California-Davis|
|Years of service||1972-1978|
Richards earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1983. He later received a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University in 2001. Richards currently works as a nuclear engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He and his wife have three children who graduated from district schools. Richards served for six years in the United States Navy aboard nuclear submarines.
Richards is seeking re-election to the District 1 seat on the board against Regina C. Hill. Richards and Hill will be on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot.
|Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 1, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce Richards Incumbent||98.2%||12,677|
|Source: Kitsap County Auditor|
Richards provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Kitsap County:
"It is continue to offer new ways to provide a relevant education to our students. They must have the skills to work in a 21st century society. I have worked with the other members of our school board to ensure that our schools have the necessary staff, training and tools to provide this education. In a period of decreasing resources and increasing expectations, the CKSD has done an excellent job at providing critical thinking and problem solving skills through a very wide variety of rigorous classes. We excel in offering AP classes to challenge our students, and have exceptional graduation rates.
To keep current on what is going on in our schools, I mentor a Junior high school student once a week, was an engineering mentor for the First Robotics team at Olympic High School this year, and serve as a judge for the underwater vehicle competition. For over twenty years I have been involved in Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination as a coach, a judge and now as the Regional and State Challenge Master of the Structure problem. These experiences have driven home the importance of providing a well rounded education to all of our students."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What's at stake?
Richards is running for a second term in District 1 against challenger Regina C. Hill. Jeanie Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and seeks a full term against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi. Eric Greene is running for 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. Eric 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%).
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- Kitsap Sun, "Bruce J. Richards," Accessed August 19, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "November 3, 2009 General Election Results," Accessed August 19, 2013
- Kitsap Sun, "CK School Board Candidate Moves, Drops Out of Race," August 21, 2009
- Kitsap County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," Accessed September 27, 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