Superintendent Eric Nerison shaking hands with Katie Perkins

The Kalama School Board unanimously agreed to appoint Katie Perkins to fill the District 4 board director position vacated by Amber Buck, who relocated out of the district in August.

Perkins participated in her first board meeting after being sworn into office at the October 24, 2022 Kalama School Board meeting. She will serve a one-year term through December 2023.

“I chose to apply for the School Board vacancy because as an involved parent and community member, I have grown to love Kalama and the people who live here,” said Perkins, who moved to Kalama with her family eight years ago. “I feel a responsibility to contribute however I can in keeping this town a supportive and close-knit environment.” 

Growing up, Perkins went to Port Townsend High School. She earned her GED at the age of 17 and attended some college classes. Based on her experience, she believes students are best set up for success in life when given multiple pathways to pursue a career, not just a “college for all” approach.

“I want to be a school district that raises all of our kids to be successful in a safe and loving environment, regardless of who they are or where they come from,” she said.

"Katie [Perkins] is active in both the school and service organizations, which will help as we seek to better connect with our community," commented Ryan Cruser, Kalama School Board President. "The board is very excited to have Katie join the team!"

Perkins has two children who currently attend Kalama schools.

Pictured above: KSD Superintendent Eric Nerison congratulates Katie Perkins during the school board meeting on October 24, 2022.