Patrick Nofield

Residents are invited to fill the vacancy left by Patrick Nofield, who announced he will be leaving the school board.

After about four years of service, Patrick Nofield is resigning from the Seaside School District’s board of directors, effective Jan. 31.

“My circumstances have changed quite a bit in the past four years,” Nofield said while announcing his decision at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15. The board unanimously, though regretfully, approved his resignation. Chairman Steve Phillips said Nofield’s leadership on the board “has been phenomenal.”

“I’m very proud to be a part of this,” said Nofield, who represents the Cannon Beach area. “I’ve really enjoyed the camaraderie of this board. I’ve come to have a great understanding of what a successful school district does.”

He praised the investments made by the district’s administrators, staff and faculty “to take care of our kids.”

Nofield has been serving on the bond oversight committee to provide guidance and management of the new school construction project. He said he would like to remain on that committee as a community member to continue contributing to the project.

According to district policy, the board may begin a replacement process and select a successor prior to the effective date of resignation; however, the actual appointment can’t be made before the official resignation date.

Considering the school board’s involvement in ongoing activities and projects that affect the district and the community, Phillips suggested the administration move forward immediately on advertising the vacancy.

According to district superintendent Sheila Roley, the board has a three-person personnel committee who will review applications, conduct interviews, and make a recommendation to the full board for appointment. The plan is to start interviewing potential candidates — who must reside in the Cannon Beach zone — the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 and appoint a new board member at the Feb. 19 board meeting.

For more information about applying to the board, interested parties should contact the district office at 503-738-5586.

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