Misplaced anger over superintendent’s private shower

Well, someone was upset about the superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools getting a private shower, and obviously wasn’t sure how to express his or her anger:


I know this whole “freeholder” thing is confusing for people, but I can tell you freeholders DON’T have anything to do with the school district, which is governed by the school board.

This sign for Jim Mains is at the T-intersection of Northwest 78th Street and Lakeshore Avenue.

Nearby signs for Vancouver mayoral candidate Bill Turlay, Vancouver City Councilor Jeanne Stewart, Stewart challenger Alishia Topper and freeholder candidate Randy Mueller weren’t messed with, but I wouldn’t take that as a clue as to who the culprit might be. This appears to be the work of someone who is clueless.

The person did mark a sign for Vancouver council candidate Anne McEnerny-Ogle, though.


Hey, blame members of the Vancouver City Council and candidates for whatever you want, but, again, the school board, not the city, controls spending for the school district. (And the cost for the shower was so relatively minimal it didn’t require prior approval.)

As I’m sure everyone in the Portland metro area knows, Superintendent Steve Webb had a private shower installed in his office restroom at the cost of $4,000.

I’ll end by noting whoever did this was fully committed, as these banners were hand-colored.


(The banners didn’t last long. Soon after I posted this today, Mains said he’d removed the banner from his sign and McEnerny-Ogle’s sign. He had to use Goo Gone.)

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at stephanie.rice@columbian.com or 360-735-4508.

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