Former Tacoma Mayor Karen Vialle announced Wednesday that she plans to run for a seat on the Tacoma School Board.
Vialle, who served as mayor from 1990 to 1994, has also worked as a substitute teacher in Tacoma Public Schools for nearly nine years. She is a member of the city’s current Mayor’s Task Force on Education.
Vialle plans to run this fall for Position 5 on the board, the seat now held by first-term board member Kim Golding.
Golding said she welcomes the chance to run against Vialle. She said she agrees with many of Vialle’s ideas, such as reducing the dropout rate and the achievement gap, but she said the challenge is to do it without enough resources.
Vialle said that if she is elected to the school board she would give up working as a substitute teacher. But she said she believes her experience both in the classroom and as a former policy-maker would be valuable to the board.
She said she chose to run for Golding’s seat because another candidate, Scott Henize, had already declared his intent to seek the Position 3 seat now held by board member Jim Dugan, who is not running this fall.
“It’s time for new thinking on the school board,” Vialle said. “The possibility that there might be two new people might be a good thing.”
She believes the school district needs to look even further down the road than it has in the past when making long-range plans.
“If elected to the Tacoma School Board, I will work to develop a 10-year planning process,” she said.
Vialle, a Wilson High School alum, lives in Tacoma with her husband, Marvin, of 41years. Their three children attended Geiger Elementary and Foss High School.