Cribb unopposed in run for school board | Election 2011

As the unopposed candidate for Oak Harbor School Board position 3, Christine Cribb said she is well-educated about the district from discussing issues with school board members and Superintendent Rick Schulte and from experiencing the schools through raising three children.

“I decided it was my turn to step up and volunteer and take the heat where the heat is to make a difference in my community,” Cribb said.

She and her family have been in the district for nine years. She has volunteered at six of the schools and experienced a variety of opportunities via her children, such as Running Start and HomeConnection.

“I bring a lot of enthusiasm. I bring a lot of creativity and hands-on experience as a mom raising kids in the school district. I’ve really been a part of the education system in this district,” Cribb said.

Regarding the funding issues facing the district, Cribb emphasized the importance of community discussion.

“The citizens in our district should determine what we ask for in a levy. I believe we should leave no stone unturned to ask the taxpayers what they would like to see in a levy to replace the soon-to-expire levy. We should ask for what we know the taxpayers are willing to pass,” Cribb said.

“My goal is to stretch every penny to best serve the students.”

She said she plans to make data-based decisions while considering how those decisions affect every student in the district.

“School board members have to make tough decisions and I’m prepared to do that,” Cribb said. She said that any personal opinions or beliefs will not come into play during decision-making.

One of her goals is to continue the district’s focus on student preparedness so that students don’t merely graduate from high school but have plans for college, military or a career afterward.

Cribb also plans to work toward improved communication between staff, families and students so that everyone works together to find the best solutions to problems because engaging the community is key to solving problems.

“I want to have the opportunity to make a difference and I have no doubt in my mind that I will,” Cribb said.

Cribb started thinking about joining the school board two years ago.

“As my kids are growing up, I think it’s time to step up,” Cribb said.

Cribb said she has seen many positive happenings in the district, from the $2.1 million literacy grant for elementary school teachers to the Career-Tech program at Oak Harbor High School.

Cribb is originally from Michigan. Wife to a Navy sailor, Cribb lived in many places around the United States. She said she was happy to finally settle down in Oak Harbor. She volunteers for the Relay for Life, owns a business, Image Ltd., and is a political campaign manager.


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