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Weedin is new NK School Board president

POULSBO — Dan Weedin is the new president of the North Kitsap School Board.

Weedin ascended to the presidency after Kathleen Dassel resigned from the board Aug. 23.

In a letter addressed to the board and Superintendent Patty Page, Dassel stated she resigned due to “constraints of family matters.”

“I am regretfully tendering my resignation as a Director of the Board,” Dassel wrote. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you and the wonderful, talented, and self-sacrificing staff, volunteers, parents and students in our District. Thank you for this opportunity. God bless you all.”

Weedin was succeeded by Scott Henden as board vice president. Weedin is a marketing and risk management consultant, and is a certified executive coach and mentor.

Weedin did not have any further details about Dassel’s decision to resign. Returning from a business trip in Portland Aug. 23, Weedin said he spoke with Dassel for about five minutes over the phone in a parking lot in Battle Ground, where she gave him a “quick rundown.”

Weedin did say it sounded like the decision to resign was difficult for Dassel.

“I’m going to miss her,” he said.

Dassel is a lawyer in Seattle. She was elected to the school board in 2009. During her tenure, the school board grappled with declining enrollment and budget cuts, and hired a new superintendent.

Dassel did not return calls from the Herald by deadline Thursday.

The board now has 90 days to fill Dassel’s position. Anyone living within District 3 can apply. District 3 includes Indianola, a portion of Poulsbo and Suquamish.

As of deadline Thursday, application information for the position was not available. Once the application is posted, it can be found by visiting www.nkschools.org and clicking on the “School Board” tab under “Contact Us.”

The person appointed to complete Dassel’s term will serve until the end of 2013.

Because the 2012-13 budget is already adopted and the first day of school — Sept. 5 — isn’t far off, Weedin said the resignation won’t hinder the board too much. If Dassel had resigned a month ago, it would have been a different story, he said.

With the board down a member, any vote that is a split decision will be considered a tie and will not pass.

 

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