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The race is on.

Four candidates filed this week to run for positions on the Coupeville School Board, while one current director did not file for re-election.

Christie Sears, who is currently board president, left Position 1 up for grabs, and Leann Leavitt and Chic Merwine have stepped into the void.

Meanwhile, Alison Perera, who was appointed in December to replace Glenda Merwine, who resigned citing health concerns, will run to retain Position 4.

Her rival in the election is David Ford.

Current board members Nancy Conard, Sherry Phay, and Morgan White are not up for re-election this time around.

The cutoff to file was Friday at 4:00 PM.

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Thursday’s school board meeting could have long-reaching implications.

The agenda shows the Board of Directors for the Coupeville School District plan to consider adopting a resolution for potentially reducing programs and staff.

If fully implemented, said plan could include everything from a reduction in employees to program costs for food service and athletics being slashed.

The board of directors meets Thursday, April 27 at 5:30 PM in the Anderson Board Room in Annex 307 at 501 S. Main Street.

Anyone can attend in person or view the meeting online.

Public in-person comment, limited to three minutes per person, is possible, with those wishing to speak needing to sign in as they enter the board meeting.

The district also accepts written correspondence.

The school board meeting arrives one day before the Lakewood School District announces the hiring of a new superintendent.

Current Coupeville Schools leader Steve King is one of three finalists for that position.


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Alison Perera

There’s a full lineup again.

Coupeville School Board directors chose Alison Perera Thursday to replace longtime board member Glenda Merwine, who recently resigned due to health concerns.

The seat is one of two on the five-member board which are up for election in 2023.

Perera was chosen from a field of six candidates who interviewed for the position.

Mark Conway Valencia, David Ford, Jennifer Marzocca, Chic Merwine, and Gregory Thomas also vied to fill the opening.

Ward Sparacio was originally to be part of that group but withdrew from consideration before his interview.

Perera, a mother of school age children, has been actively involved in the school district for several years.

She has worked with the PTA, Coupeville Farm to School, and the Robotics Club, and has been a member of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Instructional Materials Committee.

Current board members include Nancy Conard, Sherry Phay, Christine Sears, and Morgan White, with Sears spot the other one set to go to the voters next year.

In addition to adding a new board member Thursday, the directors elected a President and Vice President for the year ahead.

Sears will remain as President, with White as Vice President, inheriting a position previously held by Glenda Merwine.

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The final two applicants for an open position on the Coupeville School Board have been made public, with the release of the agenda for the Dec. 15 meeting.

Alison Perera and Ward Sparacio will be interviewed by board members that night, coming on the heels of five applicants having finished the process at Thursday’s workshop meeting.

The board interviewed Mark Conway Valencia, David Ford, Chic Merwine, Gregory Thomas, and Jennifer Marzocca.

While the identity of those five was made public before the Dec. 8 meeting, district officials declined to reveal the other two names at the same time.

After the board completes its final two interviews, it will go into executive session to evaluate the candidates, before returning to publicly vote.

The person chosen replaces Glenda Merwine, who resigned due to health concerns. The position goes up for election in 2023.

Of the seven candidates, none have previously served on the Coupeville School Board.

Sparacio ran for a different open position in 2021, losing that race to current board member Morgan White.

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Seven applicants will vie for an open position on the Coupeville School Board.

Interviews will be held across two meetings, with the first five going at a Dec. 8 workshop meeting, and two more conducted a week later at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Dec. 15.

The process will select someone to replace Glenda Merwine, who cited health concerns when she resigned with a year left on her current term.

Her position, a Director At-Large one which can be filled by anyone living within school district boundaries, is up for election in 2023.

The applicants scheduled to be interviewed Dec. 8 are:

Mark Conway Valencia
David Ford
Jennifer Marzocca
Chic Merwine
Gregory Thomas

The remaining two applicants have not been publicly named. That information will be included when the agenda for the Dec. 15 meeting is released.

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