Two incumbent members of the Peninsula School Board have announced that they will seek re-election to the board in November.
David Olson will run to represent Peninsula’s District 5 and Deborah Krishnadasan District 2.
Candidate filing by mail will open May 1; candidate filing week is May 15-19.
Olson, a commercial banker, is finishing a four-year board term. Krishnadasan has served for two years, following a special election in 2015.
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Olson said in a news release that board accomplishments over the past few years include passing the district’s operations levy with a record percentage, along with hiring Superintendent Rob Manahan.
“We also created a cross-district partnership to prioritize legislative issues, and as we work with outstanding teachers, staff and parents, we continue to see increased academic achievement at all levels,” he added.
Olson said current priorities are to address facility maintenance needs, classroom overcrowding and the need for a new school.
Krishnadasan, who has 15 years of work experience in the oil and gas and high-tech industries, said her time on the school board gave her a better understanding of student and teacher needs.
“I look forward to continued partnerships with board members, staff, teachers, parents and our community at large to further enhance the education we offer our students,” she said in her release.
Olson is a retired Navy officer who also worked as a defense consultant for seven years. In addition to the school board, he is a board member for the City Club of Tacoma, the World Trade Center Tacoma, the Hilltop Business Association and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.
He and his wife, Tonia, moved to Gig Harbor in 2005. They have four children, three of whom graduated from Gig Harbor High School.
Krishnadasan, an active community volunteer, worked for Burlington Resources, Visio and Microsoft before moving to Gig Harbor nine years ago.
She and her husband, Baiya, have three children.