Skelton resigns from Evergreen school board; applicants sought

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter


photoJoan Skelton

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Evergreen Public Schools board of directors District 2 vacancy

Evergreen Public Schools has set a Jan. 31 deadline for applicants seeking appointment to the district's board of directors.

The vacancy was created Tuesday with the resignation of Joan Skelton from the District 2 position. Skelton cited family and volunteer opportunities as her reason for resigning after 18 years of service.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application to Victoria Bradford, president, Evergreen Public Schools' board of directors, P.O. Box 8910, Vancouver, WA 98668-8910, or via email to Applicants should include their full name, mailing address with ZIP code, and a daytime telephone number.

Applicants must be registered voters and must live within Evergreen's District 2, which represents the district's northeast corner. See the map and boundary description online at

The board will begin interviewing candidates by Feb. 19 and intends to seat the new member at its regular meeting on Feb. 25.

Candidates will be interviewed in a public meeting, but evaluating candidates' qualifications will occur in executive session.

The 21-month board appointment is up for election in the 2015 primary and general elections. After the 2015 election, the board term is four years.

The district's five school board members meet several times per month to plan the district's future, set policy and conduct district business.

The largest school district in Clark County and the fourth largest in the state, Evergreen Public Schools has 27,000 students in 37 schools. With more than 3,000 employees, the district is the third-largest employer in Southwest Washington.