The chairman of an organization that works with business and community volunteers to support Tacoma schools wants to run for a seat on the Tacoma School Board.
Scott Heinze, board chairman for Communities in Schools of Tacoma, has announced that he will seek the Position 3 seat to be vacated by Jim Dugan at the end of his term, which expires at the end of this year.
Dugan has announced that he won’t run for re-election.
Why declare his candidacy so early in the game, when the election isn’t until November? “I want to get out into the community,” Heinze said. “I want to hear comments and suggestions. We need to come up with solutions that represent all of Tacoma, not just segments of Tacoma.”
Heinze is a partner in a small company called CareCyte, which employs high-tech solutions to streamline the construction of health care facilities. He is a former aide to U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, and is currently working on a doctoral degree in leadership studies at Gonzaga University.
He is married to Amy, a former high school teacher, and is the parent of three children, ages 2, 4 and 7. His oldest attends Lowell Elementary School.
His take on the current budget crisis impacting Tacoma and other school districts is that it provides an opportunity to manage change. The situation requires broader thinking, he says, than just “What can we do to get through this crisis?”
He’s concerned about dropout rates, and he said he wants to work toward a school system that creates waiting lists of students who want to attend Tacoma Public Schools.