Along with Patrick Nofield, Brian Taylor is one of two Seaside School District directors to represent Cannon Beach on the seven-person board. Taylor is running unopposed for re-election.
Q: What have you learned during your time on the board?
It’s been eye-opening, how the public administrative side works with the school district. We’ve got a really good board that works well together, complements each other. Everybody has a different point of view, but the one thing we all have in common is we’re all here for the kids.
Q: As owner and production manager of Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, how has your business experience impacted your board experience?
I would say being able to work together with people and management. There are certain steps you have to take to make the pieces fit, all come together. One person can’t do everything. I couldn’t make that candy myself. Delegate, work with others and realize every person is important, everything is a piece of the puzzle.
Q: Tell me your thoughts on the Cannon Beach Academy.
When Cannon Beach Elementary School had to be closed due to financial issues, it was sad because I had been able to walk my kids to school every day. But we had to do what was best for the district.
The charter school group has worked really hard. We had our struggles in the first couple of years, but I think it will be a good addition to the school district. They’re still going to have their challenges, but they’ve got a really good group of people.
Q: What made the difference for the academy?
Right now I have a fifth- and a seventh-grader. I had a second- and a fourth-grader when the school closed. When the academy tried to go for all six grades, the chance for error was higher, but when they decided to start with a young group and build it from there, that was a really good idea. Start small and build it, like anything else in life.
I know our kids have to travel a little further. But it’s no further than Cullaby Lake to Gearhart Elementary School. It’s 8 miles. There are a few more kids out our direction than Cullaby Lake. That’s our biggest concern — how far it is to travel. My kids ride the bus and they actually enjoy the ride. It’s a chance for kids to interact with each other.
— R.J. Marx