School Board selects new member to fill vacancy

School Board selects new member to fill vacancy
Posted on 02/28/2019
Katrina Montgomery will be appointed to the Tahoma School Board March 12 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of longtime director, Bill Clausmeyer. School Board members voted to select Montgomery during a special meeting Wednesday evening.

Montgomery was among three people, including David Porter and Kjellaug Rowe, who were chosen to interview with the School Board Monday evening. Other applicants were: Jason Rosenfeld, Lynnette Hynden, David Downing, Courtney Black, and Pooja Sund.

School Board President Didem Pierson said Montgomery was chosen from a field of highly qualified candidates. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” she said. “We had excellent candidates. We have some incredible community members willing to step up and be part of our School Board.”

Montgomery and her husband, Tim, are parents of two Tahoma students, Alex and Nate. She is an active volunteer in the school district and has served as a PTA president and coordinator of the PTA/PTO Round Table, a networking organization for PTA/PTO presidents. Montgomery also is an active volunteer for the Voice of Tahoma Education Committee, the school district Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and has been involved in several ad hoc school district committees and groups. She also has worked for the district and currently is a school district support-staff substitute.

“I’m excited to be able to help in another facet and to get to learn more about Tahoma,” she said.

Montgomery participated in the school district’s planning for the Future Ready initiative as a PTA president and said she is committed to continue advancing Tahoma’s academic programs.

“Our focus for the past several years has been on building the new high school, reorganizing elementary schools and adjusting to growth. Now we need to commit more to our curriculum and the education piece, making sure we’re doing all we can to benefit our kids.”

She said she is looking forward to representing the community and looking for ways for the district to “stay connected to our community, because it’s growing so much.”

Outgoing Board Member Bill Clausmeyer honored at reception
The School Board on Tuesday honored Bill Clausmeyer for his service to the school district. Clausmeyer, who has served on the School Board since 1997, is resigning in order to spend more time with his wife, Pam, who has Multiple Sclerosis and is in a care center. A reception was held for Clausmeyer prior to the board meeting, which was attended by some of the people he has served with in previous years, including Barbara Kennedy, Joe Vreeburg, and Tim Adam. Former Superintendent Mike Maryanski and former Assistant Superintendent Bruce Zahradnik also attended.
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