SK school board president resigns

Pickard takes over as board president

School board president Jeffrey Wilson of the South Kitsap School District has resigned, saying he’s accomplished his main goals, he wants to spend more time with family and because of alleged harassment.

The SKSD board agenda for April 24 states Wilson’s letter of resignation was submitted March 27, the same day the school board convened in executive session to discuss potential litigation.

Wilson initially declined comment but later said he expects to file an anti-harassment protection order. “There’s been a lot of crazy allegations against me from those same individuals,” he said. “I have to make my family and myself safe.”

An unofficial copy of the letter provided by Wilson addressed his other reasons for resigning, saying he felt he had successfully completed a number of goals during his term, including bringing “civility and collaboration” back to the school board, getting a school funding measure before the voters of South Kitsap and restructuring public engagement policies.

“I realized that I had achieved all three of the major goals that the voting public sent me here to accomplish,” he wrote. “I sincerely hope that these changes are long-lasting and have a positive impact for our South Kitsap School District and for the greater SK community.”

The board approved Wilson’s resignation and elected director Brian Pickard as president and director Jay Villars as vice president at its April 24 meeting.

Pickard expressed his thanks for Wilson’s service, saying, “He was the right man at the right time to lead us, and we really appreciate his guidance, his wisdom.”

The timeline to consider applicants and fill the vacant seat is expected to take around two months.