Rick Donahoe, who has served on the Richland School Board for 11 years and been involved in various educational initiatives in the Tri-Cities, is resigning his position on the Board as of Aug. 31, 2020.
Mr. Donahoe’s departure is the result of his and his wife’s recent decision to relocate to Michigan to be closer to family. Board President Rick Jansons says the Board will move to fill Mr. Donahoe’s seat in the coming weeks.
“Rick has been a steady and thoughtful board member who will be difficult to replace,” Mr. Jansons said. “I and the other board members thank him for his years of service to our students, staff and community and wish him well on this next chapter of his life.”
Mr. Donahoe was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in 2009 and first elected to the Board in 2011. His focus was on early learning and special education. This included supporting the district’s move to full-day kindergarten ahead of the statewide move to that model and the establishment of the Early Learning Center, which is home to the district’s state-funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and developmental preschool.
The Board was not Mr. Donahoe’s only involvement in education. He led the national office of the Children’s Reading Foundation after retiring as an engineer from Hanford Site contractor Bechtel six years ago. He also has been a regular volunteer for the drama program at Hanford High School, assisting with set construction. Three of his four children also graduated from Hanford High.
“Education can be one of the most powerful influences in someone’s life and I am honored that the community allowed me the opportunity to have a role in its schools,” Mr. Donahoe said.
Board members will appoint a community member to fill Mr. Donahoe’s seat until the next school board election, which is scheduled for the fall of 2021. Details about how those interested in the vacancy may apply for consideration and the timeline for making the appointment have yet to be determined by the Board.