Stanwood-Camano School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

Ken Christoferson, the district’s longest serving board member, resigned on Dec. 6.

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STANWOOD — Residents in northeast Stanwood have about a month to throw their hat in the ring for an appointed school board position.

The Stanwood-Camano School Board is accepting applications through Jan. 6 for a vacancy on the board. Director Ken Christoferson submitted his resignation to the board on Tuesday.

“It’s the right time for me to step aside. It has been an absolute joy to be a part of helping guide the Stanwood-Camano School District,” Christoferson said in a prepared statement. “My experience serving the community reinforces my belief that Stanwood-Camano is well-suited to remain a wonderful place for many years to come.”

Christoferson leaves as the longest-serving school board member in district history, according to a press release. Christoferson was a school board director from 1995 to 1999 and again from 2003 to 2022.

He was re-elected to a four-year term in November 2019. He served as board president for 10 of his 24 years on the board.

“It’s difficult to imagine the Stanwood-Camano School Board without Ken Christoferson,” board member Natalie Hagglundsaid in a prepared statement. “Ken has been a steady, stabilizing force on our board, always keeping focus on how decisions impact students. His love of the Stanwood-Camano area and commitment to our district is unwavering. He will be hard to replace.”

Ken Christoferson

Ken Christoferson

In a short resignation letter shared with the board, Christoferson said that no longer felt he could “devote the time I feel is necessary” to the board, but he will continue supporting the district as a community member.

The vacant seat represents District 4, an area that encompasses areas north and east of Stanwood, including Cedarhome, Lake Ketchum and Sunday Lake. You must live within those boundaries to apply for the seat.

The board will appoint a new member to serve until the next regular election in November 2023.

Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. Jan. 6.

Mallory Gruben is a Report for America corps member who writes about education for The Daily Herald.

Mallory Gruben: 425-339-3035;; Twitter: @MalloryGruben.

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