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Astoria School Board needs new member

Helligso resigned this month

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 19, 2017 7:10PM

Shawn Helligso

Shawn Helligso

The Astoria School Board is looking to replace nine-year member Shawn Helligso, who tendered his resignation earlier this month.

“This has been a difficult decision to reach, but I feel that it is time for me to step down,” Helligso wrote in an email to the school district. “I do not have the time or energy to devote my full attention and commitment to this important role.”

Helligso, a construction superintendent with Helligso Construction, was appointed to the school board in 2008 and re-elected several times thereafter. He most recently ran unopposed in 2015.

His resignation comes less than a year after Martin Dursse, who was appointed to the school board the same year, stepped down. Dursse was eventually replaced by Craft3 Chief Financial Officer David Oser.

The deadline to apply for the vacant position is Thursday. Applications for the position are available on the district’s website,, or in the main office on the third floor of Capt. Robert Gray School at 785 Alameda Ave.

Candidates must have been residents of the Astoria School District for at least one year. Applicant interviews will be held during a special school board meeting Oct. 30. The first meeting for the winning candidate would be Nov. 8.


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