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School Board Overview

Marcie Estrellado, School Board Member, District 1
 
Mrs Estrellado was re-elected to the Board in November of 2013 and has served for the past 10 years. Marcie is co-owner of Cheney Realty.
District No. 1 covers southwest Cheney and the adjacent area. 
 
 
 
Suzanne Dolle, School Board Member, District 2
  
Mrs. Dolle was re-elected to the Board in November of 2013, and has served since May of 2009.
District No. 2 includes parts of the Four Lakes and Airway Heights communities and areas south of them. 
 
 
 
Henry Browne, School Board President, District 3
      
Mr. Browne was re-elected in November of 2015, and has served since January of 2013. Henry manages the business department of a correctional facility. 
District No. 3 covers part of Four Lakes and the areas north of Four Lakes and west of  Spotted Road, including part of Airway Heights.
 
 
 
Stacy Nicol, School Board Vice-President, District 4
  
Ms. Nicol was elected in 2015.  Stacy is a teacher for Washington Virtual Academies.  
District No. 4 spans northeast Cheney and the adjacent area. 
 
 
 
Mitch Swenson, School Board Member, District 5
  
Mr. Swenson was elected in 2015. Mitch is Senior Apartment Broker at NAI Black Commercial Real Estate.  
District No. 5 covers the Garden Springs and Windsor areas. 

 

 

 

Bridget Calvert, School Board Student Advisor

 

 

 

Megahn Short, School Board Student Advisor

Your Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend Board meetings and to take an active role in the educational affairs of your community. The decisions of your elected Board affect your child, your child's future, your tax rate, the well-being of your community, and, in the long run, the well-being of your country.
 
The Board President is the official recipient of correspondence directed to the Board and will provide copies of correspondence received to other Board members and the Superintendent.  Therefore, you can always contact the School Board through Mr. Henry Browne at hbrowne@cheneysd.org or through the Superintendent's Office at 12414 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney, WA  99004, (509) 559-4502. 
 

There are many ways for you to participate in your schools:

  • Keep informed and interested in your schools.
  • Appear before the Board to express your views.
  • Correspond with the Board.
  • Elect the best-qualified Board members.
  • Participate in local parent groups and on educational committees of various civic organizations.
Regular meetings of the School Board are open to the public and are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, with a usual start time of 6:00 p.m. in the Cheney High School Library, 460 N. Sixth, Cheney. Board meetings are held at individual school sites a few times per year and the start time may vary. The schedule for the entire year is adopted in August, and is posted on this website, and notices of all meetings and Board agendas are provided to local newspapers and the offices of all schools. Requests to place an item on the agenda should be submitted to the superintendent in writing by the Wednesday preceding the meeting. Members of the School Board and/or the superintendent may question a speaker and/or comment on his/her remark.

FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD

Although members of the School Board are elected locally, they are state officers responsible for governing a political subdivision of the state. The Board operates independently of city and county governments but cooperates with them. The Board is a policy-making body and, within the framework of state law, exercises complete control over the educational and financial affairs of the school district. Among its numerous duties, the Board adopts an annual budget and approves all expenditures; employs personnel; approves curriculum textbooks and courses of study; and makes decisions on school sites, building plans and construction contracts. School Board members have no power to act individually in the name of the Board. Action can be taken only when the Board is meeting in formal session with a majority of its members present. Under this sound principle, each member can reserve judgment on each matter until he/she has had an opportunity to hear the recommendations of the superintendent and to discuss it with other Board members. The Board recognizes that it has an obligation to the people of the Cheney School District to plan the best possible program of education and to expend revenues wisely. The Board also recognizes it has a unique function to interpret the schools to the community and the community to the schools.