Washougal School Board welcomes new member

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Washougal School District (WSD) Superintendent Mary Templeton administered oaths-of-office to three Washougal School Board members, including newcomer Ida Royer, during a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

“We’re excited to welcome Ida to the board,” Templeton said. “Her perspective as a parent will be important as the board establishes priorities for student learning and continuing the excellent academic progress made over the last year.”

Royer (District 4) and incumbents Jim Cooper (District 1) and Angela Hancock (District 2) ran unopposed in the November general election. They will serve four-year terms that expire in 2027.

Royer is replacing Cory Chase, who vacated his position in September.

“I’m honored to serve my fellow Washougal families, and am very grateful to the current board members who have welcomed me, volunteered to get me up to speed, and answer any questions I might have,” said Royer, the parent of a WSD student. “I ran for school director because as a parent I’d want someone balanced and practical to be at the table making decisions that could impact my child, and I feel I can be that for other families. At the end of the day I want all our kids to be prepared for life after school, in whatever form that takes.”

During the meeting, board members voted to elect Hancock as board president and Cooper as board vice-president for 2024. Board member Chuck Carpenter will continue in his role as e legislative representative, a two-year position.