Eastmont School Board | Piccirillo won't run for re-election

Eastmont School Board President Steve Piccirillo

EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont School Board President Steve Piccirillo announced Monday he will not seek re-election this fall.

He has served on the board since 2011.

“I’ve reached my shelf life in terms of serving on the school board,” Piccirillo said Tuesday. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done and it’s been a privilege to be on the board. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I think it’s someone else’s turn. There’s an energetic, passionate person out there who will do a great job.”

His is one of two at-large positions (open to anyone living within district boundaries) on the five-member board.

District positions held by Chris Gibbs and Cindy Wright also are up for election this year, but they have not yet announced whether they will seek re-election. The candidate filing period is May 13-17.

Gibbs, representing District 2, which covers the southern part of the district, has served since 2005. Wright, who represents District 1, the northern part of the district, has served since 2007.

Piccirillo, a former Seattle police officer, owns Avis/Budget Rent A Car in East Wenatchee. He first ran for school board in 2007. He lost to then-incumbent Brad Hawkins that year, but made another run in 2011 and won the seat.

At the time, he had two children in the district who have since graduated.

He would offer his “two bits” of advice for anyone considering running for school board:

He has seen some heated moments, including the discussion surrounding changing the name of Lee Elementary School.

That’s not what he’ll remember most, though, he said.

“I’m particularly proud of how we handled the three-school remodel between 2012 and 2014, the reinvestment in the arts and music programs at a time when districts were looking in other directions. But mostly, I’ll remember the people I’ve had an opportunity to work with,” he said. “They all made me better at this job. They all care about what we do. I believe students motivate all of them to do whatever their role.”

Piccirillo said the district is entering some challenging times and the leadership team in place is up to the task.

“It’s a great group of people,” he said.