Webb resigns from North Kitsap School Board

Cites ‘a significant increase in work commitments’

Bill Webb

Bill Webb

POULSBO — North Kitsap School Board member Bill Webb resigned effective immediately Nov. 30, the school district reported Dec. 1.

Webb, a school board member since 2011, submitted his resignation to board President Beth Worthington, citing “a significant increase in work commitments.”

The school board will finalize a timeline for his replacement at the regular meeting on Dec. 14.

“During his service, I have appreciated his ability to quickly assimilate information and come to a decision that is best for students,” Worthington said in the school district announcement. “We wish Bill the best in his future career and business endeavors and appreciate that he volunteered his time for the benefit of our community and tis students.”

Webb was elected as District 5 director in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. His second term ends in December 2019.

School board members are elected to four-year terms; they are not compensated. They set policies, adopt the budget, and direct the superintendent. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

School board members are elected at large but must live in the director district from which they are elected. Cindy Webster-Martinson couldn’t run from for reelection from District 1 because she moved to District 5; her term ends this month. In June, she said she hoped to return to the school board someday, perhaps from District 5. Her plans were not immediately known.

During his six years on the board, Webb and other school board members worked to stabilize the district’s finances, closed Breidablik Elementary School, and grappled with the fallout from failures to notify parents in a timely manner about emergencies or other issues, such as sexual activity on a bus for students with special needs. Webb was involved in the hiring of two superintendents. He also served as board president from 2014-15.

During his tenure, the district’s financial condition stabilized. And this year, Kingston High School was ranked 23rd, and North Kitsap High School was ranked 27th, in Washington state in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 list of the nation’s best high schools. The rankings were based on college readiness, math and English proficiency, and Advanced Placement test results.

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