Pierson resigns for school board position

South Kitsap School Board will not fill a vacancy until a new member is elected in November.

Ed Pierson was appointed to the District 5 seat in July, but he resigned before being sworn in. His resignation was announced and accepted at Wednesday night’s board meeting.

Pierson replaced Jay Rosapepe, who resigned June 1, to avoid a conflict of interest when he applied for the district’s transportation director position. He was hired for that job in July.

The board legally has 90 days to appoint a new candidate, which is the exact duration of time between Pierson’s resignation and the Nov. 8 election. Because of that, board president Kathryn Simpson said she feels it is best to allow the candidates to campaign and “let the voters decide” instead of appointing someone to the position and potentially giving him or her an advantage in the election.

J. Adele Macomber LaCombe and Gregory Wall have filed for the position.

Pierson, a former assistant football coach at South Kitsap High School who was not running for the position, did not attend Wednesday’s board meeting. Simpson said a work situation, which he just recently learned about, prevented Pierson from serving.

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