Education

Five vie for West Ada trustee job

Jennifer Drewett
Jennifer Drewett

Another applicant is seeking the open position on the West Ada School District School Board to replace Julie Madsen, who resigned last month in the face of a recall election

Jennifer Drewett, 36, is a stay-at-home mom who has worked as a pharmacist, according to the application she filed with the West Ada School District and obtained by the Idaho Statesman.

Drewett has two children in Willow Creek Elementary School.

Four other applicants filed for the opening in Zone 4 at the northern end of the district last week. The board will interview candidates and possibly choose a replacement for Madsen at its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the District Services Center, 1303 E. Central Drive in Meridian. Three other trustees also face recall May 17, but chose not to resign.

As a trustee, Drewett said, she would “make informed and fair decisions, especially because my children are young and we will have to live with the consequences of those decisions.”

The Meridian woman said she is seeking the trustee position because she doesn’t “like the way the current board has been acting.” Although she knows little about former Superintendent Linda Clark, she said the board could have better handled her departure. Clark attempted to resign in October and was later fired by the trustees after they rejected her resignation.

“They could have gone to her and been open and out front,” Drewett said. “She deserved more respect.”

Drewett helped gather signatures for the recall petition in Zone 4 where she lives, and in two other zones, she told the Statesman.

Drewett said she wants the board’s focus to be on making certain students have the opportunity to be their best.

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