In his recent resignation letter, former
Bremerton School Board member Louis Mitchell wrote somewhat
cryptically about why he left. He wrote about the importance of
upholding the fidelity of office and “conducting one’s self beyond
legal reproach.” In his only “on the record” statement about why he
resigned, Mitchell explained that his letter was directed
more toward his fellow board members than the public. It seemed as
if he wanted to admonish other board members for their conduct.
On Thursday night, three board members responded. President Dave
Boynton and members Carolynn Perkins and Scott Rahm were
present for the meeting; Vicki Collins was absent. Mitchell
did not attend.
When Boynton announced Mitchell’s resignation, he called his
former colleague a “special person” for serving more than 10
years as a volunteer in education. “A community is lucky to
have that sort of person,” he added. Boynton said he hated to
see Mitchell move on, and that he wished him the best of luck.
Perkins said the resignation made her very sad. She said
Mitchell was a valuable source of information. “His integrity was
Rahm said Mitchell took his school board position very
seriously, making tough choices and standing behind them.
Mitchell will serve as a role model for the current board members,
At the end of the meeting, during the board members
“reflection time,” both Rahm and Perkins mentioned moving
forward positivelyto face tough choices, especially in regard to
It will be interesting to see who is chosen to replace Mitchell
on the board. The board will accept applications for the position
and go through an interview process. Boynton said he hoped the new
member could be appointed before tough budget talks begin in
April. The new member will serve out Mitchell’s term through
Notably, former school board candidate Dave Rubie sat in the
front row and watched the proceedings Thursday night. He’s a
frequent audience member and was also a major player in the recent
school support levy campaign.