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Sherman continues 10-year Coupeville School Board spree
Don Sherman has served on the Coupeville School Board for 10 years, including as president of the board, and he’s prepared to continue. He’s running unopposed for position 1.
“I’m a believer in community service. Education is a really high priority for us and we have a great school system here,” Sherman said.
Due to the school funding crisis, Sherman said he wants to continue serving on the board to maintain continuity.
An increase in money from the local levy is a possibility for coping with state funding cuts but Sherman said the board will look at other areas to adjust or perhaps bonds so they don’t have to ask for more taxpayer money.
“Levies have evolved into a big piece of our funding that’s critical. We’re grateful the community does it because it would be tough to fill,” Sherman said.
Sherman said the district has already made many changes to fill budget holes. The issue now is stabilizing these changes.
“We must provide the best possible services to students and make sustainable changes,” Sherman said.
Enrollment exceeded budget this year, which Sherman said is encouraging.
“We’re looking at what can be put back in as far as staffing. We’ve been careful and thoughtful about what we’re bringing back to make it sustainable,” Sherman said.
Regarding the recent elimination of the Cedar Program for home-schooled students, Sherman said the board needs to make sure the district is meeting the needs of its students. He’s committed to examining what a similar program could look like in the future.
Sherman said he brings a meaningful perspective to the board because generations of his family have lived in Coupeville. Sherman and his three sons grew up in Coupeville and graduated from Coupeville High School.
“The school district is a big part of our community here. This community is home for us and we want to continue to have a great school district here,” he said.
Sherman said he’s proud that the school board works through issues to come up with a consensus that’s best for the district and that he’s maintained good relationships with other board members, staff and teachers.
“Providing good services to students is the top priority,” Sherman said.
Sherman has served as a member of the Coupeville Lions Club, the Farm Bureau, the Citizens Advisory Board for Conservation Futures and as a sports coach.