The Board of Directors of the South Kitsap School District is composed of five directors, each elected for a term of four years. In each odd-numbered year, two or three director positions come up for election.
The School District is divided into five director districts, and each director must live in their respective director district when elected. All voters in the school district vote for all directors. A person within a specific director district need not feel that the director from their own district is their only voice on the School Board and citizens are free to communicate with any or all directors with their concerns. Click here for a map of director districts.
It would be possible for a candidate to get no votes from their own district and still get elected. Because of that, it would be inaccurate for any specific director to claim that they speak for those in their own district because they were elected by a majority of all voters in the entire School District.
See also Director Berg's proposal to convert to three director districts and two directors at large.
Kate Espy was appointed by the Board on December 8, 2021 to fill the vacancy created when Eric Gattenby resigned from the Board the previous September. She was sworn in December 15 and will serve the unexpired term until December of 2023.
District 1 comprises the West Port Orchard portion of the school district, including Fernwood, and Gorst.
She is employed as a Registered Nurse.
Director Berg was elected to the Board in November 2019 with 57% of the vote, replacing Keith Garton, who retired and did not seek re-election. He defeated two Primary election opponents with a vote of 43%, 32% and 25%. He was the Board Vice-President until October 20, 2021 when he was elected President until December 1, 2021 following the resignation of Director Gattenby).
Director Berg is widowed and semi-retired, working occasionally as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.
Director Berg regularly attended nearly all Board meetings for two years before becoming a candidate for the Board. His daughter works part-time as a substitute teacher in the South Kitsap School District. (Her relationship to a school board director remains unknown to her co-workers.)
Director Berg has also instructed his grandchildren to not make known their relationship to him with school staff, based on his belief that all students should be treated as if they had a grandfather on the school board.
His term expires in 2023.
District 5 comprise the northeast portion of the school district, including Manchester and Southworth.
Brian Pickard was elected November, 2021 to fill the seat previously held by Liz Sebren, who did not seek re-election. He defeated four other candidates and won the general election with 69% of the vote. His term expires in 2025.
Director Pickard was elected Board President December 1, 2021
He is retired, a former principal of South Colby Elementary School, and retired a district administrator. His son is a teacher in the South Kitsap Schools.
His term expires in 2025.
District 3 comprised the southeast portion of the school district, including Long Lake, Fragaria, and Olalla.
Jeffrey (Jefe') Wilson was elected November, 2021 to fill the seat previously held by Rebecca Diehl, who did not seek re-election after moving out of Director District 4. He defeated three other candidates and won the general election with 69% of the vote. His term expires in 2025.
Director Wilson was elected Board President December 1, 2021
HE is CEO of Pysgenx LLC, "a consultancy dedicated to unlocking the power of generational psychology for business."
His son was appointed to be a School Board Student Representative on May 19, 2021. His wife is a librarian employed by the South Kitsap Schools.
His term expires in 2025.
District 4 comprises the East Port Orchard portion of the school district, including Parkwood.
Director Daily was elected in November 2019 with 52% of the vote, defeating incumbent Board President Greg Wall. He defeated two primary candidates with a vote of 36% (Daily), 34% (Wall) and 29% (Jill A. Boltz). His term expires in 2023.
District 5 comprises the southwest portion of the school district, including Glenwood and Wildwood.
Director Daily is affiliated with Citizens Supporting South Kitsap Schools. Director Daily is a former teacher in the South Kitsap Schools. His wife is a playground attendant employed by the South Kitsap Schools.
From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, the South Kitsap School Board had two student representatives meeting with the Board. They provided student input and fully participated in Board discussions but without the right to vote or make motions.
The governing Board Policy GP-13, now GC-14, was adopted February 17, 2021. On March 16, 2021 this policy was reenacted as Governance Culture Policy CG-14.
The School Board Student Representative meet with the Board as advisors. (They were not "on" the Board, nor were they student representatives "to" the Board.)
The Board had only two applicants for the position on 2021 and, after hearing from both at the May 19, 2021 meeting, the Board choose to select two representatives, Jesse La-Cross Lambert and Kai Wilson.
The policy and application process was reviewed by the Board at its April 20, 2022 meeting The Application Packet is available on the District Website or here for the 2022-2023 school year. The application deadline was extended to May 30, 2022, and again to September 30, 2022 since only one application had been received.
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