Sequim school board on track for change in election

With three board director positions up for election this fall, the Sequim School Board may have a significant makeup by the end of the year.

Two board directors — District 1 director Robin Henrikson and at-large director Heather Short — said this week they do not plan to run to retain their board positions, while Jim Stoffer said last week he is undecided about running to retain his Director District 3 position.

The other two director positions — held by Brandino Gibson and Brian Kuh — are not up for election this fall.

“I’m leaning heavily on not running,” Henrikson said. Short confirmed she has no plans to run this fall.

Henrikson said she would consider running if no one files, but last week Lawrence (Larry) Jeffryes announced his intent to run for the District 1 position.

The candidate filing period in Clallam County is May 13-17.

Jeffryes serves as board director for the Sequim Education Foundation. Since moving to Sequim in 2013, Jeffryes said he’s played a more involved role in the school district, including helping raise funds to help pay for student meal debts, serving on the district’s Strategic Planning Committee and Community Truancy Board.

“Those experiences confirm not only the strong, diverse support for education that exists in our community but also the challenges the district faces to maintain and improve student achievement,” Jeffryes said in a prepared candidacy statement.

“I’ve seen some incredible examples of student and teacher success in the Sequim schools (but) those successes are put at risk due to some foundational concerns I have,” he said. “The Sequim district has an aging facility infrastructure in much need of repair and replacement to bring them up to today’s dynamic and demanding standards. Educating our students on an equal educational footing must be a priority.”

As a school board member, Jeffryes said, his priority would be to improve school infrastructure, maintain a strong and positive relationship with the superintendent and provide a safe and secure environment for learning.

“Board decisions must be based in sound evidence-based research in accordance with the district’s mission and long-term goals, and with community support,” he said.

A first-time school board candidate, Jeffryes taught in science classrooms at the middle and high school levels in Colorado and New Mexico for 35 years. After retirement from the public classroom, he worked as a health and safety training specialist at the Los Alamos National Labs for nine years focusing on radiation worker training.

Jeffryes and his wife Shirley, a retired dental hygienist, have two grown daughters. Reach him at, on Facebook at or by calling 360-681-0186.

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