Board of Directors

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Director District #1
John Freal
2019 Board President

John Freal moved to the community in 1984 with his family to teach at Blaine High School. He has degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington. Prior to teaching in Blaine, he was a member of the research faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He worked there in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine doing research on diseases of the nervous system. While teaching mathematics at the high school, he became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001. In 2003 he was given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. His wife Marilyn is a librarian and storyteller with Whatcom County Library. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.

Phone: 360-332-5674
Email: johnfreal@blainesd.org
Term Expires: December 2019

Director District #2
Todd A. Berge
Todd Berge is a life-long Blaine resident and graduate. He was elected to the Blaine School Board in 2003 and feels board service is one of many ways to serve his community. He and his wife have two daughters, both have graduated from the Blaine School District. Todd is a graduate of Bates Technical and Tacoma Community College and works at the BP Refinery in addition to being a very active safety volunteer in Whatcom County.

Phone: 360-332-1213
Email: tberge@blainesd.org
Term Expires: December 2019

Director District #3
Joan Lotze
Joan Lotze was appointed to represent Director District 3 in May 2014. Joan and her husband, Don, have lived in the Blaine community for over 30 years and all of their children attended Blaine schools. Joan and Don are both retired teachers. They spent some time teaching in private schools overseas, including China, Pakistan and Nigeria. Don was a science teacher at Blaine High School for 28 years. Joan taught in Bellevue initially and spent some time as a substitute teacher and a paraeducator in Blaine. She later taught elementary grade levels in Bellingham until her retirement.

Phone: 360-371-2596
Email: jlotze@blainesd.org
Term Expires: December 2021

District Director #4
Charles E. Gibson
2019 Board Vice President
Charles Gibson and his family moved to Blaine in 1992 for him to attend graduate school at Regent College at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. During their time here, Charles became pastor of Northwood Alliance Church in 1994, his wife, Margaret, became a school nurse in 1996, and all four of the Gibson children attended and graduated from Blaine Public Schools. Charles has prior experience with the needs of children from twenty years as executive director of New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches which included residential child care, a private adoption agency and education programs. Charles was appointed to the school board in 2006 and was then elected to the board in 2007.

Phone: 360-332-5881
Email: cgibson@blainesd.org
Term Expires: December 2019

District Director #5
Laura McKinney
Legislative Representative
Laura has called Blaine home since 2001. She has economic development, communications and leadership experience as the Executive Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Estonia and the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (SCCOC), and as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. With SCCOC, Laura was instrumental in creating TransformSC, a statewide education initiative that brought together educators, business leaders, and elected officials to transform K-12 education. Locally, she was the Director of Communications for the Council for Educational Travel International and the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), and is now the NW Government Affairs and Public Relations Director for Alcoa. Laura is the co-chair of the WBA Youth Engagement Initiative. She and her husband Jim have 5 wonderful children - all of whom attended Blaine Schools.

Phone: 360-543-7920
Email: lmckinney@blainesd.org
Term Expires: December 2021

The Blaine School Board is a local board, established by the Washington State Legislature. Although each of the five members comes from a different geographical area in the district, all board members are elected by all Blaine School District voters. Board members serve a four-year term without pay.

The board's primary task is to formulate and evaluate all policies necessary for the operation of the school district. The board's legal responsibilities are to:

* Establish general policy for the school district

* Adopt and revise the annual operating budget

* Select the Superintendent of Schools

* Exercise the power to administer schools conferred by the state legislature

* Keep the public informed on the needs and progress of the education system.

The Blaine School Board encourages the public to take an active part in the educational affairs of the district and extends an invitation to the community to attend school board meetings. All board meetings are open to the public, with the exception of the executive sessions where personnel, property acquisition, sales, litigation or collective bargaining matters are discussed. Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a meeting should contact the superintendent’s office no later than three days before a regular meeting and as soon as possible in advance of a special meeting so that special arrangements can be made.

The board meets on the 4th Monday of the month (except in December and on Memorial Day) at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the School District Office, except in March when the monthly meeting is held at Point Roberts Primary School. The Board Meeting Calendar can be accessed from the link below. Board meeting materials, including agendas and minutes, can be viewed on BoardDocs. Questions may be directed to the District Office at 360-332-5881.

Written communications to the board should be addressed to the school board chairman and sent to:

Board of Directors
Blaine School District
765 H Street
Blaine, WA 98230

Board Meeting Calendar