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Hancock resigns Enumclaw School Board post; replacement process under way

Tamarah Hancock, who was appointed to the Enumclaw School Board just four months ago, resigned her post Thursday after determining she did not meet residency requirements.

"I just discovered that our home address falls within Director District No. 1 service area, not Director District No. 2," she wrote. Her rural home falls just on the wrong side of the boundary line.

Hancock was added to the board of directors following the resignation of Cathy Dahlquist, who was elected to the state's House of Representatives.

The district's board of directors must now tackle the job of filling the vacant seat. Aside from living in Director District No. 2, candidates must be U.S. citizens and must be registered to vote in King County. Applications for the vacancy are due June 2 and should be submitted to Chris VanHoof, school board president, 2929 McDougall Ave.

Questions about the board position can be directed to Superintendent Mike Nelson, 360-802-7103.

The timeline for filling the post includes the following:

• orientation session for all applicants at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Enumclaw School District office boardroom

• the board of directors will evaluate the qualifications of candidates during a closed session at 8:30 p.m. June 6

• the board will interview selected candidates in open session at 4:30 p.m. June 14; candidates will be evaluated during the closed session and deliberations will occur in open session; an appointment could be made that night.

• Nelson will administer the oath of office – assuming a new board member has been chosen – during the school board meeting on June 20.

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