WENATCHEE - The North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has unveiled the outcomes of its Board of Directors election, which is important to the region's educational landscape. This consequential election, which saw three of the seven board positions up for contention, is poised to usher in a new era of leadership within the NCESD.
Dr. Michael Musick has been elected as the District 2 Representative, signaling a momentous transition for the region. Dr. Musick, known for his distinguished career as the former Superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District, is no stranger to educational excellence. Throughout his tenure, he orchestrated many programs and initiatives that were pivotal in elevating student achievement. Dr. Musick's journey in the realm of education commenced in 1982 when he embarked on a noble mission as a Business and Marketing Education teacher. His ascendancy into various administrative roles was a testament to his unwavering commitment and a reflection of his profound expertise. Notably, he will represent a consortium of school districts, including Cascade, Cashmere, Entiat, Lake Chelan, Manson, and Stehekin.
Larry MacGuffie, the District 4 Representative-elect, brings to the board a wealth of experience amassed over the course of a storied career. Mr. MacGuffie's journey has been marked by dedication, as he served as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, director of special services, director of Columbia Basin Alternative High School, and superintendent of Ephrata School District before his retirement in 1997. In the election, he emerged as a symbol of continuity and wisdom. Larry MacGuffie's responsibility will encompass representing Ephrata, Quincy, Soap Lake, Warden, and Wilson Creek School Districts.
Marcia Henkle, elected as the District 6 Representative, is a testament to the diverse range of backgrounds contributing to the educational tapestry. Marcia, who retired as the regional director of the Washington State Employment Security Department, is no stranger to the intricacies of employment and training programs. Raised on a wheat ranch in Douglas County, Marcia has worn many hats throughout her career, including stints as a high school and community college teacher, including service at Wenatchee Valley College. Additionally, she operated Trend College in East Wenatchee. Her purview will include representation of the Eastmont School District and the southern portion of the Wenatchee School District.
The logistics of the ESD Board Elections were meticulously overseen by the Washington State School Directors' Association, ensuring transparency and fairness. The opportunity to cast votes was extended to all currently-seated public school board members in the NCESD region through an online ballot, a process from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16.
North Central ESD, which spans just over 12,600 square miles, plays a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant Counties. This colossal endeavor involves providing crucial services to schools, ultimately impacting the lives of over 42,000 students. The NCESD Board, composed of seven regionally elected members, wields substantial influence in steering the region's educational course for the foreseeable future.
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