Bill Kindler gives a report on the Port Angeles Education Foundation during the Jan. 4 school board meeting while Jennifer Wilson and Superintendent Marc Jackson listen on. (Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District)

Bill Kindler gives a report on the Port Angeles Education Foundation during the Jan. 4 school board meeting while Jennifer Wilson and Superintendent Marc Jackson listen on. (Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District)

New Port Angeles School Board member named

PORT ANGELES — Bill Kindler, president of the Port Angeles Education Foundation and a retired mill manager, has been appointed to the Port Angeles School Board.

Kindler, 75, will be sworn in Feb. 8 to serve the remainder of former School Board member Susan Shotthafer’s term, which ends in December 2019.

“It’s a big job,” Kindler said in a Saturday interview. “It’s a hard job, but I have a real passion for education. It’s the kind of work I like to do.”

In addition to his current role with the education foundation, Kindler has served on the NatureBridge board and a Western Washington University advisory board.

“I’m very interested in education and the future of education, and I’m always anxious to do whatever I can to play a part,” Kindler said.

Shotthafer resigned from the five-member Port Angeles School District Board of Directors last November, citing differences she had with other members and bureaucratic influences on the education system.

Kindler was appointed as the Position 5 representative Thursday after the School Board interviewed four candidates.

The Feb. 8 school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the district’s Central Services Building, 216 E. Fourth St.

Kindler said his passion for learning was enhanced in a chemistry class he took in college.

“It’s not overly dramatic to say it changed my life,” Kindler said.

Kindler went on to work in a chemical lab at a Camas paper mill before advancing into management positions at mills around the country, including the former Crown Zellerbach mill on Ediz Hook.

He is a 16-year resident of Port Angeles.

Kindler said financing will remain a “huge issue” for the Port Angeles School District in the coming years.

“One issue that really captivates me is preparing young people for the future world they’re going to be living in,” Kindler added.

“They’ve got to have decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. The world is changing so fast that the most successful kids are going to be the best learners.”

The nonprofit Port Angeles Education Foundation supports the school district and its students by awarding grants for special projects and proving financial assistance to students in need.

“The Ed foundation has been a really nice window into the district,” Kindler said.

“Every year, we’re blown away by the creative ideas that the teachers bring forward for $100, maybe $1,000. In some cases, it’s for the kinds of things that kids will take with them for the rest of their lives.”

________

Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].

More in News

EYE ON CLALLAM: Kilmer to attend several government meetings

Government meetings throughout the county

Weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft… Continue reading

Sequim man hurt in Highway 101 wreck

A Sequim man was treated and discharged from Jefferson Healthcare… Continue reading

Program to address filing tax returns

The North Olympic Library System and the AARP Foundation… Continue reading

DOT sets overnight closures of Hood Canal Bridge again

Fifth time in as many weeks; others were canceled

By Dave Logan/For Peninsula Daily News 

First Sgt. Kent Keller of Sequim, left, presents to Linda Featheringill of Port Angeles the Purple Heart her brother was never able to receive in person as well as a United States of America War Office document. Her brother, Army Cpl. Marvin D. Actkinson, was declared missing in action in Korea on Dec. 2, 1950 and presumed dead in 1953. He was 18. His remains were returned in 2018 and will be buried in Colorado City, Texas, on Feb. 12. The Thursday ceremony was hosted by the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Northwest Veterans Resource Center in Port Angeles. Featheringill was accompanied by her daughter Eilenah Moon. About 70 people attended the ceremony, which honored Actkinson 71 years after his death.
Presenting a Purple Heart

First Sgt. Kent Keller of Sequim, left, presents to Linda Featheringill of… Continue reading

City to take over Port Angeles garbage services

Dispute with private company resolved

COVID-19 cases rise on Peninsula

Health officer expects peak soon

Most Read