Trevor Shaw answers a question during a Chamber of Commerce candidate forum in 2016. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Ketchikan’s school board is set to interview the sole applicant for a vacant school board seat. Former Board Member Sonya Skan resigned earlier this month, citing medical issues.

The lone candidate is Trevor Shaw. Shaw sat on the school board from 2013 until 2018, when he resigned. He was facing a citizen recall alleging that he hadn’t allowed a student board member to participate in a board discussion.

Shaw was the Republican candidate for Ketchikan’s seat in the Alaska House of Representatives later that year. He lost to independent Rep. Dan Ortiz.

He also unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly in 2020.

In a questionnaire, Shaw told the board that his greatest asset as a prospective board member is his experience.

“I will be the first to tell you I made mistakes, and have gained a unique perspective of how impactful the decisions of the School Board can be: good, bad, or otherwise,” Shaw said.

Ketchikan’s school board is scheduled to vote on whether to appoint Shaw to the board when it meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday by videoconference.

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The meeting will be live-streamed at the school board’s website and broadcast on local cable channels. Members of the public can offer comments via email to or by calling the board clerk at 247-2142 prior to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Correction: Wednesday’s school board meeting will be live-streamed at the school board’s website, not the borough’s website.