The Park City Board of Education will hold a swearing in for the new district 3 school board member in the next board meeting later this month. KPCW had a chance to meet with Wendy Crossland and talk about her background and hopes for the school district.
Wendy Crossland is former attorney turned educator. She and her family most recently lived and worked in Columbia. She replaces the District 3 seat that was occupied by Petra Butler who resigned last fall. She was elected in November of 2015 to a four-year term. Butler’s was the third early resignation from the school board in the past two years.
Crossland says she applied for the vacated seat with no agenda in mind.
“I have always been interested in giving back in a community. Coming from abroad, we were abroad for several years, and it was a transition coming back to the states and finding opportunities to connect with the community and give back in areas of education. And, particularly for me, I am really interested in social equity and education. This presented itself as a great opportunity.”
She is a teacher at the Park City Day School, which is pre-school through 8th grade. She’s not concerned about conflicts with her teaching position at the private school and her role as a Park City School District Board member.
“I believe my exposure and experience at both independent schools, and I also worked in a public district in Washington state, actually enriches my voice and what I can bring to the table. I’m committed to the district as a school board member and I think thriving, great opportunities for all students is the best thing for this community.”
Crossland believes her job is to support the superintendent while the school board manages policy and budget.
“The way the master Planning Process is happening I believe is a great transparent process. It’s where we are bringing in community members. The community members are the ones who help define what needs to happen, what is best and the experts in their fields are helping bring the best solution for students. Transparency is communicating. It’s always being open to those voices and those coming to the table and trying to seek out voices that aren’t coming to the table and why they’re not.”
Crossland has four children, two attend Park City High School and a third child starts at Treasure Mountain next year.
The best way to reach Crossland for now is firstname.lastname@example.org Her school district email will be set up soon.