Public invited to welcome newest members of BGPS’ Board of Directors

posted Dec 7, 2017, 3:29 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Public invited to welcome newest members of BGPS’ Board of Directors

December 7, 2017


Monday, December 11, Battle Ground Public Schools will welcome new members to its Board of Directors and thank those whose terms are ending. New directors will be sworn in and a reception will be held at the 6 p.m. meeting in Room C-26 at the Lewisville Campus, 406 NW 5th Ave., Battle Ground. The public is encouraged to attend.

At the meeting the district will honor outgoing board members Jim Pegoraro, Director of District 3, and Stephanie McClintock, Director of District 5, who served four-year terms. 

Incoming board members Troy McCoy, representative for District 3, and Tina Lambert, representative for District 5, were elected on the November ballot to serve four-year terms. Board President Monty Anderson, Director of District 1, was re-elected for a four-year term and will also be sworn in.  

We interviewed newly-elected board members Troy McCoy, Tina Lambert and Monty Anderson via email so that you can get to know your directors.

Monty Anderson, Board President, Director of District 1

Monty Anderson has been the Board President for four years and was re-elected to a four-year term. In addition to being the President of the BGPS board, Anderson was also elected to serve on the Washington State School Directors' Association’s (WSSDA) board of directors and represent 30 districts in southwest Washington.

What’s your favorite memory from your time in school?  
In the Bicentennial year we were able to bring two items to school that were important to us and place them in a time capsule that we buried by the flagpole at the school. It was to be opened in fifty years by the students that are going to school at that time. 

Do you have any children currently in a district school?  
I had five boys who attended district schools, the last of whom graduated last year.

What is your educational background, and what is your current profession?  
I graduated from Thomas Jefferson Senior High in Bloomington, Minnesota. I have taken some college courses and continue to go to the school of hard knocks. I am currently employed as the Finance Manager for Tapani Inc., a local family-owned business specializing in a variety of construction activities.

Can you tell us a little about your role with WSSDA?  
The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) is an organization that helps set policy and guidelines for school districts, provides professional development for school directors and along with the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provides vital input to the legislators and governor on the direction of public education. I was nominated and elected to serve on the board of directors representing the districts in Director Area 6, which consists of 30 school districts in southwest Washington.

What first motivated you to run for the board of directors?  
I was asked by some close friends.
 
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to your time serving on the board?  
Seeing the smiles on the faces of the graduates. However, every time I get a diploma in my hand, one of them takes it away from me. 

If you could have any superpower, which one would you pick, and why?  
I am who I am by the grace of God and thank Him for the gifts he has given. 

What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?  
I am red/green colorblind. I still stop at stop lights because red is always on the top. 

If you could choose only one snack food for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?  
Probably a Snickers bar so I can laugh at my own jokes and have a joyfully filling snack at the same time.

Troy McCoy, Director of District 3

Troy McCoy, a parent and local business owner, was elected as the Director of District 3.

What’s your favorite memory from your time in school?
Playing basketball in front of a packed gym.

Do you have any children currently in a district school?
Both of my children. When my youngest graduates from Prairie High School this June, both of my kids will have attended a BGPS school for all 12 of their public instruction years.

What is your educational background, and what is your current profession?
I have a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and left the engineering world about 11 years ago to open an insurance agency here in town.

What motivated you to run for the board of directors?
I saw an opportunity to give back to the community that has provided a great place to raise a family and start a business. I also hope to help the board continue building trust with the public.

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to your time serving on the board?
I have a lot to learn, but I’m a fast learner and I hope to be a positive influence on the results and environments of our schools.

If you could have any superpower, which one would you pick, and why?
I already have one, but if I told you, my secret would be out. 

What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?
I fought forest fires to help pay for college.

If you could choose only one snack food for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
I’d have to go with tortilla chips. 

Tina Lambert, Director of District 5

Tina Lambert, a parent, musician, and community volunteer, was elected to represent District 5.

What’s your favorite memory from your time in school?
I played saxophone in jazz band in high school, and one morning before band class, my best friend Bev and I were in the instrument room. Suddenly Bev started screaming. So I started screaming. Then our band director came into the room, calmly asking, "Ladies, why are you screaming?" I told him, "I'm screaming because she's screaming!" Bev said, "I'm screaming because of this!" and she pointed to the spring-loaded snake that had popped out of her saxophone case. There was a lot of hysterical laughing coming from some teenage boys in the band room while this was happening. We knew they pranked us because they liked us. Those were good times!

Do you have any children currently in a district school?
My youngest son is a freshman at Prairie High School.
 
What is your educational background, and what is your current profession?
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho in Moscow. I spent 20 years homeschooling my children, and for the past nine years I have been involved with volunteering, mainly with musical groups. Currently I play in the Oregon Symphonic Band, where I am also on the Board of Directors and manage the group's marketing and public affairs.
 
What motivated you to run for the board of directors?
After many years of homeschooling, my husband and I enrolled our youngest son at Pleasant Valley Middle School. I was so impressed with everything I saw going on there, I wanted to help and to be involved. I saw the opportunity to run for the school board and decided to go for it!

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to your time serving on the board?
I'm looking forward to serving alongside the other board members, learning more about the great things going on inside our schools, and getting to know more of the people in the district.

If you could choose only one snack food for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
That would have to be the nachos at Big Al's.
 
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