By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month.
It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of
high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in South Kitsap School
District are entrusted by this community with responsibility for an annual budget of $151 million,
9,800 students, 1,361 employees and 16 school buildings.
School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be quite difficult or require
sifting through a great deal of information. They also bear responsibility for developing a vision
that will guide the school district for years to come. Through collaboration as a team, and with
school district staff, their governance and advocacy are building the future of education in
This January, we’re encouraging all members of the community to thank a board member. Please
thank them for volunteering their time and playing a critical civic role that helps form the bedrock
of our democracy — public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and the
school district, their efforts are instrumental in helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we
have for the children of our community.
The men and women serving South Kitsap School District are President Rebecca Diehl, Vice
President Keith Garton, Greg Wall, Liz Sebren and Eric Gattenby.
For more information about the South Kitsap School District School Board, visit