School Board News

School Board News
Posted on 09/25/2017
The Elma School Board has chosen to both include Carl Jonsson in our work this year and honor him with recognition in our new Grays Harbor Transportation Coop building being built just west of Elma Elementary. We included him in our work by putting his name on the sleeve of our shirts with our mission statement logo on the front. During our mission process, Carl came up with the idea to have our mission be made up of words that started with the our name. It was very fitting to put his name on the product of that work. We will miss Carl’s loving, caring spirit and his commitment to do what is right for our students and our community. 

In May, the Board held interviews for student representative. Three candidates were interviewed. The Board felt all the candidates would have been valuable contributors to the work of the district. At the conclusion of the process, the Board selected Brooke Sutherby to serve for a two year term. She will serve alongside Mickey Velasco, who will begin the second year of his term this month. Pictured, Brooke is congratulated by Board Chair Teresa Boling after being sworn in at our August 23rd meeting.

The Board held a special meeting on Thursday, September 7th, to interview and appoint a board member to replace the position left vacant by Carl’s passing. Bethany Boling applied for the position. She was interviewed and appointed during that meeting. By statute, Bethany serves until the next regular school board election, which will be in November of 2018, since the filing deadline for this election is passed.

Finally, at the June 13, Board meeting we honored David Trusty for his many years of service to the District. Mr. Trusty was unable to be at the celebration at ESD 113 in May with Jack Prince, so we asked him to come to our Board meeting to be honored. Here is the text that was read to honor him:

David Trusty has served on the Elma School District Agricultural Education Advisory board for over 25 years. His commitment to education has created scholarships for FFA members, updated curriculum and coursework to meet the needs of our community and agricultural industry. Dave has established job shadow and work experiences for students to gain soft skills. He serves on the Grays Harbor County Fair board to provide extended learning for Grays Harbor 4-H and FFA teens to showcase their marketing and livestock management skills. Dave is a caring man who has a vision for the future of our students and community. He and his wife Carol, who has created countless quilts for veterans to hand out at our annual veteran’s day assemblies, are the kind of people who help make this community such a special place to live. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank David for supporting our schools, our students and our community in so many ways. We humbly present this award to recognize him for all he has done for us. 
Thank you to David and Carol and to all in our community that support us in educating, nurturing and preparing our students for life after high school.
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