Judging from results of the primary election in August, the race for Position 1 on the Vancouver school board is likely to be close in the November general election. And it should be — challenger Kyle Sproul and incumbent Dale Rice both are strong candidates and well-qualified to shepherd the district into the future.
The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends Sproul for the position. We believe she would bring a fresh and insightful perspective to the school board and that her credentials are particularly strong for a newcomer.
Sproul has three children in Vancouver Public Schools, demonstrates a good understanding of the issues and is an articulate advocate for addressing an achievement gap in the district. “If … you look at performance numbers north of 78th Street versus south of 78th Street, we are educating two different populations and we have two different sets of performance data,” she said during an interview with the editorial board.
As always, this is merely a recommendation designed to foster discussion. The Columbian trusts that voters in the Vancouver school district will study the candidates and the issues before casting an informed ballot. That will be particularly important in a race where Rice received 36 percent of the vote in a four-person primary, while Sproul received 33 percent.
In considering Rice, they will find a candidate who has served admirably on the school board for 29 years. An investment adviser, he said he is seeking re-election to help the district “continue to be fiscally relevant and appropriate to the needs of the people.” Rice highlights his financial background as the district pursues construction of new campuses and says, “I want to make sure we get the lowest rates to the taxpayers.”