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Benjamin Sheppard, School Board Member, Resigns

Hood River County School District Board Member Benjamin Sheppard submitted a letter of resignation to the Hood River County School District on Tuesday:

“I wish to extend a sincere and heartfelt apology to the school board members, superintendent, employees, and students of the Hood River County School District.

I ran for the school board two years ago because I had resolved to choose an institution that I believe in, and work to protect it. I chose the school district because I believe so strongly in the institution of public education.

It has become clear to me that my actions at Congressman Walden’s recent town hall, though well-intentioned, have imperiled the perceived integrity of the school board, and for that reason I hereby resign my position effective immediately.

Thank you to all district personnel; it was a genuine pleasure to meet and work with you.

Best wishes,

Benjamin Sheppard”

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors aims to select a replacement for Position 2 at an upcoming public school board meeting on April 24, 2019. A map of the Position 2 boundary area can be found at:  

Applications for this position will be posted on the district website at  and due by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. To inquire about this position or for related questions, contact School Board Administrative Assistant Terri Martz at 541-387-5013 or

About HRCSD: Hood River County School District encompasses Pine Grove Early Learning Center, five elementary schools, two middle schools, Hood River Valley High School and Hood River Options Academy. Outstanding community support has boosted us into the top 10 school districts in Oregon (out of 197) and into the top four for student athletes. It has also helped us recruit excellent teachers and retain smaller-than-average class sizes.