Port Angeles School Board to swear in three members

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School Board will swear in two new members and one returning member in addition to recognizing Hamilton Elementary School for earning the Washington State ESEA Distinguished School award at its meeting Thursday.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 905 W. Ninth St. in Port Angeles.

Kirsten Williams, who ran unopposed for the board’s Position 5 seat in November’s general election, will replace Jacob Wright, who chose not to run for reelection.

Stan Williams (no relation) won his race against write-in candidate Chris Noble for the Position 3 seat being vacated by Katie Marks.

Incumbent Sandy Long ran unopposed for her Position 4 seat.

Hamilton principal Gary Pringle and school staff will be on hand to receive the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s annual award for exceptional student performance in academic growth.

Hamilton and Maple Elementary School in Seattle, the other school earning state distinguished honors, will each receive a plaque and $15,000 that can be applied toward professional development, parental engagement, extra time for teaching and other activities and services designed to improve student achievement.

In 2019-2020, Hamilton was recognized as a National Distinguished School; it is the only school in the district to receive a distinguished school award.

Since 2012, OSPI has selected two schools for state recognition and two schools for national recognition.