New candidate joins school board race

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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The race for the Western Placer Unified School District five-member school board has one more candidate, as of this week. Damian Armitage, a resident who has worked as a state auditor for 13 years, said he has served the community as a Lincoln planning commissioner and Citizen’s Advisory Financial Task Force member. Armitage said Tuesday that he’s running for the school board because he “believes the school board must encourage an open dialogue and be responsive to parents, staff, students and the community at large.” “Right now, the district is at a point where several more schools are needed in order to meet the demands of our families,” Armitage said. “I will work with district staff, the community and the other board members to make sure that new schools are built where they are needed and that older facilities are upgraded.” As far as what he’ll bring to the school board if elected, Armitage stated that he’d bring “fiscal responsibility and careful consideration of all decisions made as a board member.” Candidates Kris Wyatt, Brian Haley, Terry Gage and Ana Stevenson were interviewed in the July 15th News Messenger on page A3.