Board Members

The Washougal School District Board of Education consists of five citizens of the school district elected from director districts for a four-year term. Any resident may run for election to the board providing the candidate meets certain legal qualifications.

Board members serve without pay. In Washington, education is defined as a function of the state government by the constitution. Legislative actions have created school boards to serve as agents of the state to administer the school functions which have been delegated to local districts. School board members are responsible to the voters and act under the restrictions of state law.

The board provides direction for the district, approving policies, making financial decisions, validating strategic planning long-range goals, and approving the budget. The progress of the district is reviewed regularly by the board. The board relies on the superintendent for advice, but final decisions are the responsibility of the school board.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper

District 1
jim.cooper@washougalsd.org
Term expires: 2023

Jim Cooper joined the board in December 2019.  He brings a background as a college professor, higher education administrator, scientist, and business owner to the school board.  He comes from a family with many who have worked in public education, and has experience working with budgets, personnel, and administration.

Angela Hancock

Angela Hancock

District 2
angela.hancock@washougalsd.org
Term expires: 2023

Angela Hancock joined the board in September 2018.  As the mother of two current Washougal students, who also has work experience at several schools, she brings a unique perspective and close relationships with staff and patrons to her role.

Angela is excited to work with a group that she respects on what she feels are some of the most important goals in our community.  She feels that Washougal is at a turning point in many ways and is very excited to become a part of the process.

Angela believes her priorities as a board member include transparent communications, fair representation, being accessible and continuing to be a vested member of the community.

Donna Sinclair

Donna Sinclair

District 3
donna.sinclair@washougalsd.org
Term expires: 2021

Donna Sinclair was sworn into office on December 12, 2017.

Dr. Donna Sinclair is a History professor with Washington State University Vancouver and Western Oregon University, and an author.  She is a museum professional, has written for the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, ran the Oregon Historical Society Oral History Program and has managed major oral history projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Donna organized and executed the 2005 Veterans Oral History Project collection on the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, has presented dozens of community-based and academic oral history workshops, and has curated exhibits for the Clark County Historical Museum. Sinclair’s awards include the K’EtSi-Yeu-Yeu Award from the Nez Perce Tribe in 1999 for documenting the incarceration of the Red Heart band at Fort Vancouver, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Achievement Award in 2002, and the Catherine Prelinger Award for non-traditional women historians in 2013.

Donna holds a Bachelor’s degree from WSU Vancouver, and earned a Master’s degree in History and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. Her dissertation, “Caring for the Land, Serving People: the U.S. Forest Service in the Civil Rights Era” examines the incorporation of non-traditional employees into the agency in the late twentieth century.

Cory Chase, Board Chair

Cory Chase, Board Chair

District 4
cory.chase@washougalsd.org
Term expires: 2023

When Cory Chase stepped onto the Washougal School District Board in November 2016 he was following in the footsteps of his father who also served on a school board.

 A father of two school aged children, he works in law enforcement, and believes the future of a community depends on providing a solid educational foundation for the kids.

Cory moved to Washougal with his wife, Jacquelyn, in 2012 to raise their family in a good school system and in an area with a strong sense of community.   He has coached youth sports, volunteered in the schools and has worked in different leadership roles in public organizations that function very similar to a school district.

He considers serving on the School Board as an opportunity to give back and impact the community in a positive way.

Chuck Carpenter

Chuck Carpenter

District 5
chuck.carpenter@washougalsd.org
Term expires: 2021

Chuck Carpenter was appointed to the WSD Board in September 2020.

Carpenter spent his entire adult life in public education, with more than forty years as a school administrator, eleven of those in the role of superintendent, working for and with a variety of school boards.  He has participated in WSD with his leadership on Festival of the Trees, as a music tutor at Hathaway Elementary and in the capacity of Human Resources Director from 2005 to 2008. He is also an active member and leader on a long list of community committees and organizations.

He believes strongly in the importance of community service and giving back as a way of thanks to those who came before us.  Serving on a school board, to him, represents a pinnacle of paying it forward.

 

 

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