Battle Ground School Board seeks director to fill District 1 vacancy

Long-time Director Monty Anderson’s resignation is effective Feb. 23

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors is accepting applications to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of director Monty Anderson, Director District 1. Applications are due by Feb. 23. Applicants must be registered to vote and live in Director District 1.

Monty Anderson
Monty Anderson

Anderson announced his resignation in a letter to the board. The letter explained that he served on the board for 12 years, longer than he originally planned, because studies have shown that continuity on a school board leads to improved student learning. However now that newer board members have more experience, he believes the team would benefit from a new board member’s perspective. Anderson’s resignation is effective Feb. 23. 

The board is looking to appoint a new director to serve through the end of the term, which expires November 2021. The director position will be up for election in the 2021 primary and general elections.

Information about serving as a school director and the application process is on the Battle Ground Public Schools website. School directors are elected, unpaid positions that serve four-year terms. Directors who volunteer in this governing role help set the district’s direction, allocate resources, monitor performance and hold the district accountable for progress. Board activities are driven by the district’s core mission of student learning and achieving success for all students. 

Battle Ground’s Board of Directors has received Board of Distinction Awards from the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) in two of the last four years for its commitment to transparent practices and partnering with families and community members.  

During his time on the board, Anderson served on multiple committees and in the positions of president and vice president.

“Monty has given so much of his time and energy to our students and staff,” said Battle Ground schools Superintendent Mark Ross. “He has provided valuable leadership to the district through many changes in education. We are forever grateful for his volunteer service.”

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, resume and list of three references with contact information (no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 23) to Sandy U’Ren, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Directors, Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors, P. O. Box 200, Battle Ground, WA  98604, or by e-mail to Applicants, please include your full name and physical address (including ZIP Code), and an email address and telephone number where you can be contacted during the day.

Should a board member rescind his or her letter of resignation before the designated resignation date, the search for a new director will be terminated.

Spanning 273 square miles, Battle Ground Public Schools is one of the largest and most diverse geographic districts in the state serving a population of approximately 72,000 residents. The district supports 12,500 students in 18 schools, including seven primary schools, six middle schools, one 3-12 academy, two comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, and one home school support program. 

Information provided by Battle Ground School District.