School Board Meetings

The North River School District Board of Directors holds a regular monthly business meeting on the third Monday of every month at 5:30 PM. 

Board meetings are held in the library. Please notify the school at least 3 hours before the meeting if you wish to attend in person. Your attendance must be confirmed to ensure that we do not exceed room capacity. We will continue to zoom capability for those wishing to be off site. 

For log-in information for the next board meeting, go to our Facebook page the day before the meeting.

Board of Directors


Deborah Koehn
Board Chair


Lorenzo Churape
Vice Chair

Deborah "Debbie" Koehn serves as Board Chair. She received her BA from the University of Central Oklahoma and her MS-Special Education from Ft. Hays State University in Kansas. Debbie has teaching certificates in Special Education and Visual Arts. She has 21 years of teaching experience and also owns a commercial photography business. When she has free time she enjoys traveling, photography, and visiting any beach. Debbie and her husband moved to North River Community in 2012.

"North River is an extremely special place, it is my honor to serve as a board member to the students, parents, staff, and community of the North River Valley."

Lorenzo Churape serves as Board Vice-Chair. He received his MS in Agriculture and BS in Animal Science's from Washington State University (WSU). Lorenzo's interest in education was sparked during his time at North River, Cosmopolis and Hoquiam. Outside of his school board duties. Lorenzo works full time helping the farming community in Grays Harbor County. During his free time, Lorenzo can be found doing farm activities and creating memories with his wife, baby and dog. 


Josh Greiner
WASDA Legislative Rep

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Dan Brown


James Banas 


Bio coming soon...

"Over many years I've had a varied work history and truly enjoy the students and my work at North River School. I dropped out of Ballard High School in my junior year. Quitting school is never a good option and has life long consequences. I hope my time here I can help prevent such occurrences for North River students and add to a better educational experience for everyone."


James "Jim" Banas is in his 17th year of serving on the board. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer and pilot for 20 years before retiring. He then worked as a Safety Engineer for the Department of Defense for 11 years before retirement. Jim has enjoyed substituting. He values students, the school environment, and representing the community taxpayers.