As of Tuesday, January 20, 2015
ELK CITY – “I am so excited to give back in this way – I am passionate about education,” said Julia York of Elk City.
York was recently appointed as the new trustee for Mountain View School District 244, zone 2, who replaces Randy Bartlett who moved out of the zone.
York graduated from Boise High School in 1962 and began coming to Elk City with her parents in the mid-60s. They moved there permanently in 1967.
“I met my husband, Tom York, there, and we married young,” she said. “We just had high school educations then and went through the struggles of making ends meet.”
It was early on, in 1971, that York had her first brush with Elk City School.
“I taught kindergarten there,” she smiled. At that time, the state did not require kindergarten, so York said the school board paid her $100 a month and each family paid $10. “I had eight students in kindergarten back then.”
It was in 1980, at the age of 33, that York was able to graduate from college. She went on to work for Boeing in Washington state and also worked as a director for the YWCA.
“I have experienced the doors that can open when you are educated – not to sound trite, it’s just true,” she emphasized. “And I have experienced that circle of continuous lifelong learning that I want our local kids to be able to experience.”
The Yorks moved back to Elk City in 2004, commuting some until they recently moved back full time.
“I always said we came in Idahoans and we would go out as Idahoans,” York laughed.
York currently serves as vice-president of Framing Our Community and said the group is interested in getting “businesses and families back in Elk City.”
At 67, York said she feels she has experience to offer.
“As a retired person, I have time to give, but I also feel I have years of experience and I want to be able to share that,” she said. “I really look forward to this opportunity.”
The Yorks have two grown sons and five grandchildren who all live in Washington, “but love to visit Elk City every opportunity they get.”
York will serve the remainder of Bartlett’s term until May and then plans to run for the position during the regular election.