Centralia School Board: Beverly Clark Resigns From Position 2 Seat, Citing Health; Applications for Vacancy Open Until Nov. 24


Beverly Clark, a mother of two elected to the Centralia School Board in 2019, has resigned from her Director Position 2 position to focus on her health.

She announced her resignation, effective immediately via a letter read by fellow board member Mandi McDougall at the Centralia School Board’s Wednesday meeting.

“Two years ago when I took on this role, I did so with a passion for the people that make our district so great. Our students, families, teachers and staff. This is not a decision I make lightly, or that I wanted to make, but it has become necessary due to my health,” Clark wrote in the letter.

“I am so thankful for the community’s faith in me for the past two years and hope to continue to be an active participant in making Centralia a great place for families. I thank you for your support as I focus on my family and my health and I wish the board well as they move forward in finding my replacement.”

Clark was unable to attend the meeting in person, but her fellow board members and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant still took time to thank her for her dedication and passion for serving the Centralia School District.

“We know she did not make this decision lightly. In fact, she didn't want to make this decision. But it is what (she) needed to do,” Grant said. “We are so grateful for her service.”

The board will appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of Clark’s term. Anyone interested in being appointed to the position can apply by sending a letter of interest and a resume to Brittany Kindell via email at bkindell@centralia.wednet.edu or via mail at 2320 Borst Ave., Centralia, WA, 98531, by Nov. 24. Applicants must be registered voters and reside in Centralia.

Board members are expected to attend study sessions on the second Wednesday of the month and board meetings on the fourth Wednesdays of the month, and may attend school events throughout the year and participate in education-related committees.


On Wednesday, the Centralia School Board also acknowledged Amy Buzzard for her eight years of service on the board. Buzzard did not run for reelection and her Position 1 seat will be filled by former Centralia teacher and cheerleading coach Debra Parnham beginning in January 2022.

Buzzard’s last official school board meeting will be Dec. 8.

“I have enjoyed my time. I can’t believe it's been eight years. I don’t know where that went, but I have full confidence in the board,” Buzzard said as Grant presented her with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the district. “I’m excited to see where you go and I’m excited to work with you in a different capacity and help the district that way, so thank you.”