UPDATED: School Board to Interview Position 4 Finalists on Nov. 29

The candidates for the Peninsula School District Board of Directors include Harlan Gallinger, Jessica Sawyer, Steve Sutton and Carrie Tellefson. They are all residents of Gig Harbor's 4th District.

Updated: Nov. 16, 12:07 p.m.

The Peninsula School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. to interview the finalists for School Board Position 4. 

The meeting will be held at the District Office, Conference Room 1. Public is invited to attend.

The Board will adjourn to executive session to discuss qualifications of candidates. Action may be taken following the executive session.

The seat was vacated after Board President Jill Uddenberg announced her resignation in September.

The finalists are Harlan Gallinger, Jessica Sawyer, Steve Sutton and Carrie Tellefson.

The district posted the vacancy in October after its Board of Directors officially accepted former Board President Jill Uddenberg’s resignation.

According to Acting Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto, the school board interviewed all 13 candidates at a public meeting on Nov. 7.

“The board members asked all of the candidates the same questions,” said Cuzzetto.

“Then we went into an executive session to talk about the qualifications of each of the candidates. It was based on the letters of interest we’ve received and the answers to the interview questions.”

Following the executive session, Cuzzetto said the four board members talked about their preferred criteria, which included involvement and commitment to the schools and the candidates’ complimentary skills.  At the end of the meeting, one of the board members made a motion to narrow down to four candidates.

At the Nov. 29 Special Meeting, the four candidates will return for their second round of interview questions, which the board members will be providing. However, Cuzzetto said community members are welcome to attend and listen to the candidates’ responses.

“I was really impressed with the number of candidates who applied and their dedication and support,” Cuzzetto said. “How people care about our school district and want to make it even better…that’s what came through in our interviews.”

Cuzzetto said he hopes the board will make a selection at the end of the meeting. 


  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Interviews:  Finalists for Board Position 4
  5. Executive Session
  6. Adjournment
Randy Boss November 15, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It would have been a nice touch to provide some real news to this press release! How about a little bio of the three candidates and maybe a picture? Will the four candidates be speaking before the "executive session"? Will the public have any input prior to the executive session? What criteria did the Board use to narrow the field to the final 4? It just seems to me that this is another one of those "done deals" and the public is being left out again. Randy Boss
Angela Riggens November 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The process was spelled out at the November 7th meeting where all 13 candidates were introduced. All you have to do call the School District. Or you can Google the 4 candidates. The public has every right to attend School Board District meetings to observe the process. The School Board and School District Staff did everything correctly in regards to the process spelled out in district policy. Why create controversy where none is needed? The public can decide in the next school board election process.


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