By Nancy Covert
Two Steilacoom School Board directors were honored Wednesday evening for their service to the Historic School District (1854) during the Board’s final meeting of 2013. The meeting was held at Pioneer Middle School at DuPont/Northwest Landing.
In recognition of having served a total of 12 years’ to the District, SHSD Board Chairman Sam Scott presented plaques to Kevin Callanan (four years) and Mike Winkler (eight years). The men also received framed student handprint bouquets from Cherrydale Primary School.
“We are a better district because of your efforts,” Scott told them.
Earlier in the meeting the Middle School Women’s Choir presented a short program of holiday music. Lauren Whitham directed the choir.
During his tenure, Callanan, a SHSD graduate and long-time Steilacoom resident, focused his efforts on maintenance and facilities, as well as on Career/Technical Education. The preservation of and continued use of “old” Pioneer Middle School has been one of Callanan’s priorities. In 2015, the District will relocate its headquarters to the 1915 structure that was built on the site of the original 1892 school.
Serving on the Board, Callanan said, “It’s been a great experience.”
“In the end,” he added, “we’ve made the right decisions.”
“I’ve been fortunate to be part of a great community-wide team,” Winkler said.
“Through community support, our facilities are in great shape, and we are an award-winning school district. Recent awards include the naming of Steilacoom High School, for the second year in a row, to the National AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Roll.
“While it is fun for all of us, as a team, to take a couple minutes to look back at our accomplishments, it is always important to look forward,” he continued.
“That is, there is always more to do. While our youngest daughter is graduating this year, Nanette and I will continue to support SHSD #1. We are committed to giving the same support to the current and future students of SHSD #1 that was shown to our two children. Although I am leaving the board, Nanette and I are both actively involved volunteers with the committee to renew our maintenance and operations levy this February.
Winkler concluded his comments with a “commercial” for the upcoming Levy election.
“Twenty percent of our district’s budget comes from the levy (a renewable levy), and we urge everyone to continue to support our youths by voting ‘yes’ to renew it.
Scott later administered the Oath of Office to new school board directors Jason Pierce and Robert Forbes. Board Director Don Denning was sworn in for a second term.