Ken Gass, who has served for 17 years as a member of the Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors, will retire at the end of his term in December.
Gass was appointed to the school board in 1998 and was elected in 1999, then re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He and his wife have lived in Bellingham since 1977 and have two children. Gass was a pediatrician for 35 years and retired from his practice in 2012.
“Dr. Gass epitomizes a committed public servant. He cares so deeply for this community and its children, and through the years has helped the district through many challenges,” district Superintendent Greg Baker said in a prepared statement.
The board will host a candidate orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for anyone who wants to run for the open position in the fall school board election. Candidates should register by March 25 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 360-676-6501.