Thaut, Kypuros for Stanwood

The Stanwood-Camano School District has seen some rough financial times, but the quality of candidates for the school board should provide reassurance about the future.

District voters have two outstanding choices for the board in current member Dennis Thaut and first-time candidate Leo Kypuros.

Thaut is focused on improving student performance but he also has extensive management and budgeting experience as a regional administrator for the Department of Corrections. Those skills can be critical to the district’s future. Sharon Baumgartner, his opponent in the contest for position 1, has an impressive record of volunteer activity supporting the schools, students and community groups.

Kypuros, operations manager for Snohomish County Solid Waste, is extremely well prepared, with both financial skills and his own history of involvement in school planning committees and other groups. His opponent, Roger Myers, brings a lifetime of service to education, mainly in the Edmonds School District, and was an Edmonds City Council member. Kypuros’ background as an active parent, though, offers voters extra depth in terms of community perspective.

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