Port Townsend School Board to consider tonight which of two hopefuls will fill vacant seat
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Certified public accountant Nathaneal O’Hara speaks before the Jefferson County commissioners in December. O’Hara is one of two candidates pursuing a seat on the Port Townsend School Board. His competition is Mountain View Pool Manager Anji Scalf.
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Mountain View Pool Manager Anji Scalf tests the pH at the pool. Scalf is one of two candidates pursuing a seat on the Port Townsend School Board. Her competition is certified public accountant Nathaneal O’Hara.

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PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend School Board is scheduled tonight to choose one of two candidates to fill the seat vacated by Bill LeMaster.

Mountain View Pool Manager Anji Scalf and Nathaneal O'Hara, certified public accountant, seek to fill the unexpired term of Bill LeMaster, who resigned Jan. 13 in the middle of this term.

The School Board, now down to four members, will interview the two candidates during a special meeting beginning at 4 p.m. at the Gael Stuart Building, 1630 Blaine St., for the District 3 seat.

O'Hara's interview will be at 4 p.m. Scalf's will be at 4:30 p.m.

After the interviews and a recess into executive session, the board will consider selecting one of the two to fill the unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2015.

The board is scheduled to open its regular meeting at 6 p.m.

LeMaster, 65, resigned in the middle of his term, citing personal reasons.

The new board member must live in District 3, defined by Jacob Miller Road on the west, Discovery Road on the south and San Juan Avenue, 49th Street and Hendricks Street on the east.

The district's north border is the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

O'Hara, of Gooding O'Hara & Mackey PS of Port Townsend, serves as treasurer of the Port Townsend Rotary Club and the Port Townsend Cooperative Playschool.

The Sequim native now living in Port Townsend coaches soccer for Jefferson County Parks & Recreation and serves as volunteer bookkeeper for the Jefferson County Food Bank and Makes Waves! of Port Townsend.

He has worked as a social worker and as developer of health education programs in New York City.

O'Hara said in his letter of interest to the district that he feels his “broad experience and expertise” will help the board “execute its vision during this exciting and dynamic time.

Being the father of three small children, “now is the time to invest my efforts in improving on and creating a dynamic school system,” he said.

Scalf, who became manager of the only public pool in Port Townsend in May 2010, also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Port Townsend Swim Team, is a board member of Jefferson County Community Network — which advocates substance and child abuse prevention — is a volunteer costume designer for the theater production of the OCEAN (Opportunity, Community, Experience, Academics, Navigation) education program and skates in an all-woman roller derby league in Port Angeles.

A Port Townsend native, Scalf said in her letter of interest that she received “a world class education” at Port Townsend Schools “and would like to give back to the district that nurtured my development. . . .”

“I believe that my background, perspective and experience will contribute to the leadership” of the district, she said.

Election for the seat will be in November 2015.

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