May announces run for school board seat

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Lisa May announced her candidacy for a position on the Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees.

May is seeking election to the Zone 1 position now held by Christa Hazel.

She is president of the school district’s Long Range Planning Committee and has helped develop solutions to addressing growth of the student population within the district.

May is a founding board member of the Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership, a group that works to unite and inform the community about education issues while advocating for excellence in public education.

May is also a board member of the Sorensen Magnet Elementary PTO, and she recently co-chaired the Yes! Campaign, encouraging voters to pass the 2017 M&O Levy and Construction Bond.

“Being an engaged member of the community is vitally important to me,” May said in a news release. “I have been involved with several education-related organizations. My experience with these organizations has given me insight into many of the issues our schools face today. I will be an active, approachable board trustee willing to dialogue and collaborate with the Coeur d’Alene community, ensuring their voices are heard and concerns are addressed.”

May received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Washington. She completed a critical care/trauma nursing internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Since then, May has worked as a nurse in intensive care, emergency and ambulatory surgery departments, most recently at Kootenai Outpatient Surgery.

May said, in the release, that her years as a critical care nurse have taught her the value of working cooperatively with a multidisciplinary team to make decisions. She said she is an avid reader who seeks good data and has a broad understanding of matters affecting the community.

“If elected, I will work to ensure the board is looking forward, analyzing solutions based on the most pertinent data available, and striving for the best for all students and their families. I take the trust voters place in the school board very seriously. If I am elected, I will be committed to follow through on the projects funded by the recent bond while keeping the process transparent to our community."

May has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 2006 with her husband, Mike, and their three school-aged children. She was born, raised, and educated in Spokane.

“I believe access to quality public education is vitally important to a strong community. My kids attend public school, just as I did,” she said. “I want to work to ensure that every child in the Coeur d’Alene School District has the opportunity to receive a valuable public education. Their success directly benefits our community.”

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