Boardmember responds to allegations, minus a key complaint

Embattled Stanwood-Camano School Board director Al Schreiber defended his promotion of a candidate.

Al Schreiber

Al Schreiber

STANWOOD — Stanwood-Camano School Board member Al Schreiber has broken his silence to defend his public backing of a candidate who had dropped out of November’s election.

Schreiber responded last week to a complaint filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission. He addressed some allegations but left unanswered why he actively promoted the candidacy of Keith Pappas, who pulled out of the race for an open School Board seat in July.

District parent Melissa O’Neill filed the PDC complaint Nov. 2, a few days after she and other parents alleged that Schreiber had sent emails and distributed post cards encouraging support for Pappas. Parents suspect Schreiber hoped that if Pappas won, he would not take office and give the board a chance to appoint its own pick.

Schreiber has since stepped down from his position as board president but continues to serve as a board member. He had previously been silent about the parents’ allegations.

Schreiber has not responded to Daily Herald requests for comment.

One allegation was that he passed out candidate endorsement cards at Stanwood High School’s homecoming parade. In his response to the PDC, Schreiber said he didn’t attend the event. He also said an endorsement email he sent to a large group of people accidentally included a school district email address.

“When I caught this error, I immediately reported the accidental email to the district and self‐reported this to the PDC,” Schreiber said in the PDC response. “Scott at the PDC after researching it said it was not an issue.”

He also said that the version of the email included in the PDC complaint had been doctored to include the district’s logo.

“They may want you to believe that this was a mass mailing to all teachers and staff but in reality, only to one teacher, only by accident,” he wrote.

But it’s not the email or the cards that district parents are most worried about.

“Most of us are even more bothered by the ethical situation and his refusal to recognize it,” O’Neill said.

At a late-October meeting, Superintendent Jean Shumate recommended parents reach out to the PDC for a third-party review of the situation. At the time, the parents thought the commission would address what they regard as an ethical question — why Schreiber backed Pappas in the first place. When they filed the complaint, they realized the PDC’s focus would be more narrow, O’Neill said. Among other things, the commission oversees campaign finances and lobbying, including any use of public resources.

“We’re trying to find some other avenues for reporting and having him reviewed in the ethics area,” she said.

Kim Bradford, communications manager at the Public Disclosure Commission, said the complaint against Schreiber is under initial review.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Sen. Marko Liias introduces a Sound Transit car-tab fix

It’s Day 11 of 60 of the 2020 session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia.

Mountlake Terrace police seek suspect in 14 burglaries

Police are asking for help to find Justin Jakobsen, who is accused of the break-ins.

Governor appoints Superior Court judge who lost election

Edirin Okoloko was defeated in a November bid to keep an appointed seat on the Snohomish County bench.

Sheriff reinstates deputy who was fired over fatal shooting

Sheriff Adam Fortney said his predecessor erred when he concluded Deputy Art Wallin violated policy.

After 7-month deployment with NATO, USS Gridley returns home

Hundreds of sailors were joyfully greeted at Naval Station Everett on Tuesday morning.

Front Porch

EVENTS Art unveiling at Marysville Pilchuck HS A piece of art will… Continue reading

Utilities commission sets public hearing on sale of Frontier

Pending government approvals, the broadband company is to be acquired by WaveDivision Capital.

Kaiser Permanente buys Everett sites for ‘world-class’ facility

Construction will begin in the fall, tripling the footprint of the health center near Pacific Avenue.

Twin sisters do makeover magic to local homes in HGTV series

New “Unsellable Houses” focuses on transforming modest Snohomish County homes into hot properties.

Most Read