Jim Stoffer, a Sequim School Board director since 2015 and the board’s legislative representative, announced last week he plans to seek re-election in November.
Stoffer’s position — District 3 — is one of three up for election this fall, though board directors Robin Henrikson and Heather Short already have announced they do not plan to seek re-election.
The candidate filing period in Clallam County is May 13-17.
The top issue for board directors, Stoffer said, is addressing school buildings.
“Number one is our facility needs; we need to proved a safe learning environment that runs across the whole gamut (including) environmental conditions,” he said. “Both of our elementaries are at (enrollment) max. Those problems were identified that that was going to occur back in 2008.”
Soon after retiring from a 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2010, Stoffer became involved in various school committees including a district facilities committee and serving as chair for Citizens for Sequim Schools before being elected to the board in 2015.
Stoffer said he’d like to continue serving as legislative representative for the board, to further building relations between the schools and the community, and to see more work completed on the district’s strategic plan.
Stoffer serves on the legislative committee for the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), one of two representatives for Director Area 4 (encompassing 15 school districts in four counties). He also serves on WSSDA’s Federal Relations Network, WSSDA’S Trust Lands Advisory Committee and on the Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Health Advisory Committee on behalf of WSSDA.
In Sequim Stoffer serves as president-elect for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a board member of Clallam County Prevention Works and is a member of the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition.