Wednesday meeting to address Stanwood campaign allegations

The Stanwood-Camano School Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at district headquarters.

Al Schreiber

Al Schreiber

STANWOOD — A school board meeting called for 8 a.m. Wednesday will address complaints against the Stanwood-Camano School District leadership on whether a line was crossed in political campaigning.

“The Board will hear from one or more members of the public who have raised concerns about campaign activities,” the agenda reads.

The meeting comes after a group of school district parents called out board president Al Schreiber for endorsing a board candidate who has withdrawn from the Nov. 5 election.

They believe Schreiber intended to sway the vote to give the board a chance to appoint its own pick. The group has threatened to file a recall petition to get Schreiber removed from his seat.

District parents also say they have election-related concerns about other district leadership.

Wednesday’s meeting may discuss the potential of a third-party investigation into campaign activities.

District parent and City Councilmember Kelly McGill requested such an investigation in a letter he sent to the board on Friday.

“I am beyond disappointed in the behavior I have seen surrounding these school board elections,” he wrote. “Please do the right thing and demonstrate that you value these legitimate concerns enough to have them fully investigated by a disinterested 3rd party.”

McGill had sent Schreiber an email three days prior, on Oct. 22, asking for a public apology for his endorsements. He hadn’t received a response as of Tuesday morning.

In the late afternoon Friday, McGill received an email from the district’s head of human resources, Maurene Stanton.

Stanton stated that superintendent Jean Shumate “…is making a recommendation to the board to hire a 3rd party investigator.”

“The board will need to call a special meeting to vote on her recommendation,” Stanton wrote. “They have to provide the public 48 hours notice of a special meeting. The notice will go out Monday and probably be held on Wednesday.”

The district has not confirmed if the discussion on a potential third-party investigation will take place at Wednesday’s meeting after repeated requests from The Herald. It’s also unclear if a vote could happen Wednesday.

The meeting will be in the Administration & Resource Center Boardroom at 26920 Pioneer Highway. Public comment is scheduled to begin at 8:05 am., and the board is to go into executive session at 8:30. The meeting is supposed to reconvene at 9:30 a.m.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439;

Talk to us

More in Local News

Ron Detrick teaches his geometry class Wednesday morning at Lakewood Middle School in Marysville on May 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
For real, these Lakewood pupils are back in class full time

Elementary and middle school students are getting in-person instruction five days a week.

Darren Redick is the new CEO of Providence’s Northwest Washington service area. (Providence Health and Services) 20210514
Providence stays local in selecting a new regional CEO

Based in Everett, Darren Redick will lead the health care provider’s Northwest Washington area.

Georgie Gutenberg
Death of Lake Stevens woman not suspicious

Police had asked for the public’s help to search for Georgie Gutenberg. She was found dead Sunday.

Everett man shot while walking his dog identified

Ryan S. McFadden, 33, died of gunshot wounds.

Man killed by train near Snohomish is identified

The Marysville man, 45, was hit Thursday morning south of the Snohomish River.

Students lead charge as Langley council takes climate action

The Whidbey Island city has declared a climate emergency and has pledged to involve United Student Leaders.

Douglas Ryner, 8, brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
11 days of glee: Evergreen State Fair ‘Back in the Saddle’

The fair was called off in 2020 due to COVID-19. Organizers are planning a revised event this year.

Firefighters douse the flames at the NOAA Fisheries Building Friday evening in Mukilteo on May 14, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Fire damages NOAA site near new ferry terminal in Mukilteo

Smoke flooded the waterfront Friday night as fire crews descended on the abandoned research center.

Claire Swander, 6 months old, gets an H1N1 vaccine from nurse Soon Ku at Providence Physician Group in Mill Creek on Oct. 31, 2009. The site had lines with a three-hour wait for portions of the morning. (Heidi Hoffman / Herald file)
Vaccine approval for kids a reminder of 2009 H1N1 outbreak

As swine flu scare closed some schools, parents flocked to public clinics to protect their children.

Most Read