Board Members, Core Beliefs and Policies

Battle Ground Public Schools are governed by a five-person elected Board of Directors. They serve four-year terms, with three of the terms expiring in a given odd-numbered year and the other two expiring in the next odd-numbered year. That ensures experience and continuity on the Board.

Each director resides in one of five geographic divisions of the 271-square-mile district, thereby guaranteeing a geographic balance on the Board. In both primary and general elections, all registered voters in the school district are eligible to vote in all of the races on that year’s ballot. Under state law, the office of school board director is nonpartisan.

Directors are unpaid volunteers. The only compensation they receive is a small meeting stipend to offset the costs of attending meetings.

Contact Us

Send one email to all directors (Individual director emails can be found below with their contact information.).
Director group email address

Denny Waters, Board Secretary and Superintendent
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Sandy U’Ren, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Directors
Email Ms. U’Ren

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors

Mary Snitily

Mary Snitily
Director District 1
8910 NE 299th St.
Battle Ground, WA  98604
Phone: 509-554-1549

Term Expires: 2025

After thirty-eight years in Richland, Washington, Mary Snitily and her husband Richard moved to the Battle Ground area to be near their children and grandchildren; four of whom attend Battle Ground schools. Mary spent 23 years in education as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and educational trainer in both public and private schools. She visited classrooms and worked with school staff across the Western United States. Mary has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Washington State Curriculum Advisory Committee, WSU GEAR UP Board, and two private school boards. Mary values being a servant leader and success facilitator for all students, staff and parents.

Director Rob Henrickson

Rob Henrikson
Director District 2

24717 NE 204th St.
Battle Ground, WA  98604
Phone: 360-907-5360

Term Expires: 2023

For the past 20 years, Rob Henrikson has worked for the State of Washington as a Case Resource Manager for the Developmental Disability Administration. Rob attended middle and high school in the Battle Ground School District. He has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Brigham Young University, and is married with five children who also attended Battle Ground schools. Rob is honored to serve on the school board and passionately believes that children are society’s greatest resource, and providing a good education is imperative to students’ success.

Ted Champine

Ted Champine
Director District 3
10018 NE 249th St.
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 907-980-5961

Term Expires: 2025

Bio coming soon.

Mark Watrin

Mark Watrin, Vice President
Director District 4
13117 NE 90th Ct.
Vancouver, WA  98662
Phone: 360-980-2479

Term Expires: 2023

Mark Watrin is a retired teacher who taught at CASEE and BGHS. He coached wrestling at BGHS and coached soccer for Prairie Soccer Club. His wife Donna taught at Pleasant Valley and Glenwood primary schools. Both of their children graduated from Prairie High School. Nearing retirement, Mark knew he wanted to continue serving Battle Ground community schools.

“Joining the school board was a way I could stay connected to public education and keep learning myself.”

Mark continues to help elementary teachers provide quality science experiences for their students by advocating for outdoor learning environments and volunteering his time. He is on a legislative committee supported by WSSDA that advocates for school districts. Mark is also board member of the Washington Science Teachers Association.

Director Jackie Maddux

Jackie Maddux, President
Director District 5
20201 NE 29th Ave.
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Phone: 503-407-5074

Term Expires: 2025

Jackie Maddux is an Accounting Manager for Clark Public Utilities. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Four of Jackie’s children graduated from Battle Ground Public Schools and during that time, Jackie was an active volunteer for the district: she served six years with the Prairie High School Boosters, Grad Night Committee, and multiple sports teams. Jackie is currently a volunteer with the Battle Ground Education Foundation where she continues to support Battle Ground students.

“Being able to give back to the community and serve where there is a need, all while doing something I am passionate about—it’s an added bonus.”

Ricardo Martin del Campo

Ricardo Martin Del Campo
Student Representative
Prairie High School

Term Expires: June 2023

Bio coming soon.

Sora Tolley - Board Photo 240x300 - July 2022

Sora Tolley
Student Representative
Battle Ground High School

Term Expires: June 2024

Bio coming soon.

2022-2025 Core Beliefs

The Battle Ground Public Schools board of directors believes that:

High-quality, personalized instruction leads to challenging, engaging learning environments that graduate students who are prepared for college and/or careers. The district supports instructional staff members with resources and professional development to reach this expectation.

Students learn best in safe environments that support and promote their physical, social and emotional well-being through extracurricular activities, school sports, appropriate learning resources and clear expectations.

Mutually beneficial partnerships that foster two-way communication with families and the community increase engagement and benefit student learning.

Financial responsibility and transparency ensure spending that maximizes student achievement and success.

Staff members are vital to the success of the district. Each staff member brings unique and valuable knowledge, skills, talents and expertise to their role, and their contributions are acknowledged and respected.

Student voice is valuable and should be nurtured. Students’ experiences are enriched when they are heard and supported.

School Board Policies

Board policies are stored in BoardDocs for easy viewing. Click on the link below and then link on the “Policies” tab, and then on the “Active” tab.

The information belongs to the public. While parts of personnel and student records are private, much of the information gathered and recorded by school districts, as with any government agency in Washington, is a matter of public record and open to public scrutiny. Likewise, meetings of the elected members of the School Board are open except under certain circumstances. The Washington attorney general has created a guide to both laws, accessible at:

Serving on the school board

The Washington State School Directors’ Association and Battle Ground Public Schools have prepared information for residents who are curious to learning more about the role of a school board member.

WSSDA’s guide “What Makes a Great School Board Member?” (PDF)

BGPS information for board candidates (PDF)


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