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Smith seeks return to Vancouver Public Schools board

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 21, 2021, 6:03am

Wendy Smith, the Vancouver school board’s most senior director and a past president, has announced she’ll seek a second term as a board director for Clark County’s second-largest school district.

Smith teaches social studies at Heritage High School and was elected to the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors in 2017. She centered her inaugural campaign around how a school board needs more members who truly understand public education, she said in a press release.

“As a lifelong resident of Vancouver, a product of Vancouver Public Schools, the mother of two young children and a classroom teacher of 17 years, I know that our children and community do better when strong local school boards use their leadership to make decisions that best serve the diverse needs of our students,” Smith said.

Smith’s first term on the board featured several leadership changes, including three board directors elected in 2019, and the hiring of new Superintendent Jeff Snell, who begins his post July 1. The board also recently voted to appoint new board member Sandra Zavala-Ortega to fill the vacant seat left by board director Camara Banfield in January.

“I am incredibly excited about the makeup of our current board and the hiring of our new superintendent,” Smith said. “This team is now poised to continue Vancouver’s legacy of excellence, while at the same time not afraid to make the necessary changes to meet the ever diversifying needs of our students. This is the work I came here to do, and I humbly ask the community to allow me to serve another four years.”