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Hunt, Sherman join school board

Newcomers Peter Hunt and David Sherman were sworn in Monday night to begin their first terms as Oak Harbor School Board members.

The pair were elected in November and will replace Vicki Harring and Kathy Jones, respectively, both of whom decided not to run again.

Sherman had the more difficult path to power. He won a primary race and then went on to face school board critic Bill Burnett in the general election. The final results showed Sherman beating Burnett rather handily with 58 percent of the vote.

Hunt enjoyed a more relaxed campaign as he ran unopposed during the election.

The school board is Hunt’s first stab at public office. He is a medically-retired airline pilot who is starting a strategic planning consultancy. He is also a published author.

“Essentially I saw a need and I thought I could fill the gap,” Hunt said.

He hopes to see a curriculum review done for all of the grades. He said the curriculum is somewhat fragmented and such a review could make it more standardized.

Hunt said he would also like to see real-time assessments done for students so the results would be useful during the school year. The WASL results come after the school year ends.

In addition to the work on curriculum, he would also like to see a review of professional development and work to streamline communication between the grades.

He added that the Oak Harbor School District has a lot of outstanding elements.

Even though Hunt is a new face on the school board, he has been involved with schools in the past. He has volunteered in recent efforts to get bonds and levies approved. He also has two children attending Oak Harbor schools. Emily, 13, attends Oak Harbor Middle School and Jared, 9, attends Oak Harbor Elementary. He is also married to Laurie.

Like Hunt, Sherman wants to see work done to align the curriculum between the grades to ensure there aren’t any gaps in instruction. He also wants to make sure teachers have the resources needed for training.

In addition, he would like to work with state legislators to resolve some of the unfunded mandates school districts have to accommodate. He was encouraged by a recent meeting that local school board members had with legislators where unfunded mandates was one of the prominent topics. He said the local school districts should work together to come up with a short list of mandates that should be removed.

The Oak Harbor School Board is Sherman’s first seat on a public body. He and his wife Mary have two children, Aspen, 6, and Kyndra, 12. They both attend Oak Harbor Christian School.

Incumbent David McCool also ran unopposed in November’s election. During Monday’s meeting he was named school board president, Corey Johnson was named vice president, Hunt was named legislative representative and Gary Wallin was named WIAA representative.

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