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Damian Greene

Damian Greene, the lone conservative voice on the South Whidbey School Board, is resigning after a decade of service.

In a letter to the Board of Directors, he indicated his resignation is effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Greene, whose family came to Island County in 1965, was elected to the school board three times.

His run included being part of the board when it earned Washington State’s Distinguished Board award in 2016.

Earlier this year, Greene threatened to take legal action against a South Whidbey youth activism organization after a Facebook post alleged he and his wife, Maureen, could be involved in the theft of a Black Lives Matter banner from South Whidbey High School.

Both Greenes denied any involvement.

While Damian Greene consulted with a lawyer, no libel suit has been filed.

The 2021 election cemented his position as the lone conservative voice on the board.

Three challengers — Dawn Tarantino, Farrah Manning-Davis, and Bree Kramer-Nelson — all of whom publicly identify as conservatives, ran as a united group, but lost their races.

Incumbents Andrea Downs, Marnie Jackson, and Ann Johnson each pulled in between 68.21 and 69.78% of the votes.


Greene’s resignation letter:


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The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club has suspended activities for a week after a player tested positive Friday for COVID-19.

The affected player was part of the girls U-14 group, and the family identified that the exposure likely came from “outside the soccer fields.”

The SWYSC board of trustees suspended practice Friday, then made the decision to go further with a shut-down.

“We have decided that the safest thing for us to do at this point is to halt the Academy for a week,” SWYSC said in an email sent to parents.

“We cannot be certain that exposure did not extend beyond the GU-14 group, so with a roughly 10-day break before we could be back on the field, families can take steps to make sure they are all safe and healthy.”

SWYSC hopes to extend play through the week of May 10-14, to make up for the missed week.

The board has been in contact with the Island County Health department, and has reviewed all CDC guidelines.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we appreciate the understanding and support for our actions on Friday,” the email said.

Dr. Jo Moccia, the Superintendent for South Whidbey Schools, also addressed the matter in an email sent to parents in her district.

“The students in the impacted family have not participated in our hybrid program or attended SWSD in-person learning,” she said.

“The soccer club leadership assured us that all players followed protocol at practice and during games, so exposure is unlikely.”

South Whidbey schools require a daily wellness screening for all students and staff members coming on campus, and Moccia called on all to “please continue to practice all safety protocols.”

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