Latest updates from the campaign:
"I am writing to express my support of Corey McEnry and Erika Cox for reelection to the Camas School Board. I have three children currently in Camas schools and have been very impressed with their education and the environment being fostered in their schools. Even in 2020 my kids were supported and engaged during distance learning and the transition back to in-person learning was handled safely, so we felt comfortable instead of fearful sending our kids back to in-person learning. I trust that Corey and Erika will continue to lead our district in an innovative and inclusive manner." - Danacia Jones
"I urge voters to reelect Erika Cox and Corey McEnry for the Camas school board. It has never been more important to have solid, experienced leaders guiding Camas schools. In my 18 years as a special educator in Clark County, I’ve never seen a more challenging time for our students and families. Over the past year, Corey and Erika worked tirelessly to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for Camas students. They listened to health experts to keep students safe while maximizing in-person learning. Vote for Corey McEnry and Erika Cox for Camas schools." - Geni Donaghey
District leaders decided in early 2021 to keep the Connect Academy going.
“The world changed during the pandemic, and many families realized that online learning fits their lifestyle or worked really well for their students,” the district states on the Connect Academy website. “Camas Connect Academy will be around for a long time to … serve digital learners.”
“I 100-percent agree,” said board member Erika Cox. “I don’t want to yo-yo, and I appreciate the conversations with staff to get their feedback.”
Cox said she and other board members have heard from a wide range of staff, parents and community members over the past few weeks, and said many elementary school teachers are saying, “please wait and give us a little more time.”
“So I hope elementary professionals feel good about the (March 22) date,” Cox said. “It seems to be in line with what we’re hearing."
The other Camas school board members, including board president Tracey Malone, Erika Cox, Connie Hennessey and Doug Quinn, agreed, and said they would especially like to see teachers and school staff have access to COVID-19 vaccines now that the district is beginning its transition back to in-person learning, with first- and second-graders set to return to their classrooms for small-group, part-time learning on Jan. 19.
“It’s pretty rare to get a property of that size,” Snell told board members Monday, adding the school district could even choose even place another comprehensive high school “if that’s what the community needed” at the former UL site.
Board member Erika Cox, who made the motion to approve the property acquisition, said she looked at the purchase as “an opportunity for growth and imagination.”
Current School Board President Doug Quinn said he took note of Cox’s extensive history of service to schools in Camas.
“She has been a leader with the Camas Education Foundation and PTAs, and served on the attendance boundary committee,” Quinn said of the new school board member’s track record. “She displayed an obvious passion to serve our students, founded in years of professional marketing experience. She has children currently in Camas schools, which provides firsthand contact with our educational activities and events. That is valuable to the board as we discuss the implications of various program amendments.”