Washougal’s newest District School Board member, Chuck Carpenter, was sworn into service at the September 22, 2020 virtual board meeting.  WSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton administered the oath of office.

Carpenter was selected to represent District #5 through the end of 2021 when he may run for election to a four-year term if he chooses.

“Having spent my entire adult life in public education, I believe I will be able to participate with a minimum of learning curve,” Carpenter said in his application.  “This for me would also be a culmination of many years working on behalf of young people in schools.”

Carpenter’s experience includes 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.

“I believe strongly in the importance of community service,” Carpenter said.  “This is how we give back as a way of thanks to those who came before us.  Serving on a school board is, to me, a pinnacle of paying it forward.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Chuck to the WSD Board of Directors,” said Templeton. “His strong background in serving students and understanding of education will make him a valued member of the team.”