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Have a conversation about our schools

Sequim schools superintendent Kelly Shea hosts one of his first coffee chats, in August 2011. From left are Christy Rookard of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce board; Shelli Robb Kahler, executive director of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce; Paul Haines, City of Sequim’s public works director; police chief Bill Dickinson, then-City of Sequim mayor Ken Hays, Shea and District 3 fire chief Steve Vogel.  - Submitted photo
Sequim schools superintendent Kelly Shea hosts one of his first coffee chats, in August 2011. From left are Christy Rookard of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce board; Shelli Robb Kahler, executive director of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce; Paul Haines, City of Sequim’s public works director; police chief Bill Dickinson, then-City of Sequim mayor Ken Hays, Shea and District 3 fire chief Steve Vogel.
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Two years ago when I first arrived in Sequim, I set out to meet as many people possible so I could not only introduce myself, but more importantly, learn about our school district and our community. I have attended a variety of civic meetings and community events as well as frequented a number of local businesses and restaurants.

But, of all the things I’ve done to get to know folks, my favorite have been my Thursday morning coffee chats.

Once, sometimes twice a month, I invite five or six people from the community to come in for an unscripted, no agenda, informal conversation. Each chat takes a life of its own depending on who comes and what’s on their minds.

Not only have these visits connected me with different members of the community, but many times, community members make connections with each other.

Now that two years have gone by, and people heard that I’ve been doing these coffee chats, folks have been asking, “How do I get invited?” Well, that’s easy! Just give Patsene Dashiell a call at 582-3264 and let her know you’re interested in being part of one of our Thursday morning coffee chats and she will take care of getting you scheduled.

 

Kelly Shea is superintendent of the Sequim School District.

 

 

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