board of directors

Who to Contact

Name Title Phone E-mail
Carmen Lewis Executive Assistant 253-583-5190

Board of Directors

Dr. Marty Schafer, President, Director District 4, term expires December 2017


Dr. Marty SchaferDr. Marty Schafer has lived in Lakewood for more than 14 years. He is currently serving his third term as school board president since first joining the board in April 2005. He is married and has three daughters, two of which graduated from Clover Park schools. His third daughter is married and lives in Lakewood. Schafer is the board liaison for student achievement and secondary schools.  He is committed to building a culture of student leadership and a stronger partnership between Clover Park School District and the city of Lakewood. He has a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Western Washington University and a doctorate in ministry leadership from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Schafer volunteers in the schools, mentors student athletes, works with churches in the community and has a career in corporate sales.

Carole Jacobs, Vice President, Director District 2, term expires December 2015


Carole JacobsCarole Jacobs is in her fifth, four-year term on the Clover Park School District Board of Directors. She and her husband have lived in Lakewood for more than 25 years and have three children—all of whom have graduated from Clover Park schools. Jacobs has served four terms as board president and is currently on the board for the Clover Park Foundation and is a member of the Clover Park Citizens Committee for Schools. She worked on the districtwide Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) committee after serving on the state achievement gap board. She holds a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and was a substitute teacher before being elected to the school board. Jacobs has been involved in our schools for more than 20 years and enjoys opportunities to visit with students and teachers. Her personal involvement has ranged from PTA officer and volunteer, Lakes choir mom to an elementary reading tutor.

Walt Kellcy, Director District 1, term expires December 2015


Walt KellcyWalt Kellcy, a resident of Lakewood since 1991, serves as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lakewood. He and his wife Martha have been married for 40 years and raised three sons, all Clover Park High School and college graduates.

Kellcy previously served as director of District 1, from January 2002 to November 2011. Prior to being a school board member, he served on Tyee Park Elementary School’s site based learning committee. He also served the community as a chaplain for Pierce County Sheriff’s Department from 1993 through 2004 and helped with the organization of the Lakewood Police Department and its chaplaincy program. He is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley California. 

Joe Vlaming, Director District 3, term expires December 2017


Joe VlamingJoe Vlaming is in his second, four-year term on the Clover Park School District Board of Directors. Vlaming grew up in Lakewood and graduated from Clover Park High School. He and his wife have lived in the community for more than 25 years. They have three children—all of whom graduated from Clover Park schools. Vlaming is a member of the Clover Park Citizens Committee for Schools and a past board member and chair of Communities in Schools of Lakewood and the Clover Park School District Facilities Advisory Committee. Vlaming holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in biological oceanography and is a multiple operations specialist for The Boeing Company.

Paul Wagemann, Legislative Liaison, Director District 5, term expires December 2015


John Paul WagemannJohn Paul Wagemann was appointed to the board in 2009 and elected in November of 2009 to fill a vacated position on the board. He was re-elected in November of 2011 for a second term. He currently serves as the board's Legislative Representative.  He and his wife Linda (Stolz) have lived in Lakewood since 1991. They have two sons who both graduated from Clover Park schools. Wagemann has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, serving from 1968 to 1991 as a fighter and test pilot. Wagemann is currently working in the real estate market. He volunteers as a board member of the Lakewood YMCA, chairs the city of Lakewood's Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and serves as a Group Leader with Bible Study Fellowship. He enjoys working with the Clover Park team as we help all of our children reach their highest potential.

Debbie LeBeau, Superintendent/Secretary of the Board

Debbie LeBeauDebbie LeBeau became superintendent of Clover Park School District in July 2008. She got her start in the district in 1996 as the supervisor of special education. Prior to her appointment as superintendent, she served in six other administrative roles giving her a wide breadth of experience in the central office and schools in the areas of instructional leadership and student achievement.

LeBeau holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical and school psychology from Eastern Washington University. She earned her administrative and superintendent credentials from Gonzaga University and has worked in education since 1985.

LeBeau and her husband have been residents of Lakewood since 1996. Her sons and their families live in Seattle.

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Board Priorities, Values and Vision

Board Priorities

1. Student Achievement — We intend to aggressively improve rigor of courses and student achievement in all tested areas. We are redefining management strategies and addressing technology improvements to help our students become more fully technologically and academically literate.

2. Secondary Schools — At the secondary level we will: decrease the drop out rate; increase the graduation rate; increase the number of students staying on campus in their junior and senior year; decrease the number of waivers; and decrease absenteeism.

3. Community Engagement — We will increase community involvement by utilizing a volunteer coordinator, building bridges between the schools and military and improving customer service at the district and in schools.

4. Student Conduct/Supportive Learning Environment — Consistent practices will be enforced throughout the district to promote a positive learning environment. Our dress code will be strictly followed. Respectful, courteous behavior will be the standard.

5. Communication/Public Relations — We will improve community perception by delivering current and accurate information in a timely manner, internally and externally.

Board Values

"A Quality Education"

Board Vision

In our district...

School Board Policies

District policies are available here on our Web site. You may also contact any school or administrative office to receive a copy.

District Boundaries for Board of Directors

Director District Map

The above document includes a map of the district boundaries for the Board of Directors.

Board Meeting Schedule For 2014-15 School Year

Clover Park School District’s Board of Directors announced their meeting schedule for the 2014-15 school year. All meetings, unless indicated differently, are held in Room 4 of the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, in Lakewood.

Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month unless otherwise indicated. Meetings on the second Monday begin at 6 p.m. and meetings on the fourth Monday begin at 5 p.m. Meeting dates, locations and start times are subject to change.

  1st Regular Meeting - 6 p.m., Monday 2nd Regular Meeting/Workshop - 5 p.m., Monday
Aug 11* 25
Sept 8 15
Oct 13 27
Nov 10*  
Dec 8  
Jan 12 26
Feb 9 23
Mar 9 30
Apr 13 27
May 11 26 (Tuesday)
Jun 8 22
Jul 13  
Aug 10 24

* Indicates a Special Meeting/Workshop at 5 p.m., prior to regular meeting.

For more information, call the superintendent’s office at 253-583-5190.

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Board Minutes

2014-2015    folder(click to expand or hide this year)

Board Roles

The Clover Park School District Board of Directors recently developed a presentation to highlight their roles and responsibilities.

"The board's primary function is to represent the values of the community — the beliefs, vision, priorities — and develop policies by which the education system operates," said board president Marty Schafer. "We wanted to help the citizens who elected us to better understand our roles."

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Board Standard Operating Procedures

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Board Review

Clover Park School District produces a publication called Board Review after every regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors. See our News and Publications page to read the Board Review.

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