Dr. Angie Taylor Re-Elected President As Four New Members Join WCSD Board of Trustees
For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell
Contact: Victoria Campbell
Dr. Angie Taylor Re-Elected President As
Four New Members Join WCSD Board of Trustees
Reno, NV (January 10, 2017) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees has re-elected Dr. Angie Taylor to serve as president for 2017, Trustee Katy Simon Holland to serve as vice president, and Trustee Scott Kelley to serve as clerk to the Board. Each vote was unanimous.
“It will be my honor to serve as president for the coming year,” said President Taylor. “It is a new Board, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I am grateful to my fellow trustees for selecting me to serve in this role. We have a very busy year ahead, and I look forward to working together with our staff members and families to accomplish our academic goals. As a Board and as a District, we are moving in such a positive and productive direction: Our graduation rates are on the rise, our student performance is improving, and we are finally able to tackle our issues with overcrowding and repair needs, thanks to the passage of WC-1. I know we will accomplish great things together in the coming year.”
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor for her second term as president of the WCSD Board of Trustees,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “Today’s unanimous vote was just one indication that the Board is united and ready to work as a team, confident in their skills and in the skills of our president. Collaboration is of the utmost importance as we bring together the diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences of our Board members. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”
President Taylor was initially appointed to the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2014, then served as president of the Board, and was elected to serve a full term on the Board as representative for District E in 2016. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a long history of leadership and community service that includes more than two decades of service in a variety of leadership positions at UNR, and board membership for Access to Healthcare Network of Nevada, Education Alliance of Washoe County, Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Junior League of Reno, and Nevada System of Higher Education. Under her leadership on the WCSD Board of Trustees, the District achieved a record high graduation rate of 77 percent.
Vice President Katy Simon Holland was elected to represent District G, and brings a diverse range of accomplishments to the Board. She worked as a teacher, counselor, small business owners, and Washoe County manager. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Holland has been a board member of 17 different boards that focus on providing support and resources for children including United Way and Children’s Cabinet. She also served as a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.
Scott Kelley was elected clerk to the Board, and will represent District A. He served as a Trustee from 2009-2012, and worked with other Trustees to increase the graduation rate from 56 percent to 70 percent. Kelley currently works in the Governor’s Office of Energy where he helps ensure that Nevada is a leader in renewable energy production. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade before he was honorably discharged in 2005.
Also serving on the Board of Trustees are Dr. Debra Feemster, Verónica Frenkel M.A., John Mayer, and Malena Raymond.
The WCSD Board of Trustees plays a crucial role in governing the District and implementing the strategic plan Envision WCSD 2020—Investing In Our Future. The plan sets forth five goals:
- To ensure annual student academic growth through a system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is aligned, rigorous, and relevant
- To develop and retain highly effective personnel who are driven to support students and their academic success as well as the success of the District
- To engage family and community members in strong partnerships and provide meaningful opportunities to increase their educational expertise and trust, and to share responsibility for student success
- To establish a system that is effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable by using meaningful structures and processes
- To ensure our schools are safe, secure, supportive, and welcoming environments where students and staff are able to succeed academically and professionally at the highest possible levels