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Poole, school board member and former pastor leaving Juneau

Kim Poole headed for Alva, Okla. to work in uncle's pharmacy

Posted: October 11, 2012 - 12:08am
Kim Poole  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Kim Poole

Kim Poole, clerk of the Board of Education for the Juneau School District and the owner of Glacier View TLC Pharmacy, is moving away next week from the city where she has lived for almost 20 years.

Alva, Okla., where Poole hopes to find a place to live soon, is her destination.

“I have an uncle who is 86, and he owns a pharmacy that they’ve just celebrated 60 years of local ownership — the only independent pharmacy in the town — and I’m going to be working for him,” said Poole Wednesday.

Poole’s own Glacier View TLC Pharmacy will be closing. She said it “can’t hold its own in a market this size.”

“The hospital and others have the names of some really good pharmacies up in Anchorage that can ship stuff down on air cargo, so the population can still be served,” Poole added. “I feel very comfortable leaving the population in their hands.”

In 2010, Poole was elected to her first term on the school board. She said she will be attending the board meeting next Tuesday, and she plans to participate in the November meeting by telephone.

“I didn’t want to sever my ties until I’ve been there for at least a month,” Poole explained.

Under the school board’s bylaws, a vacancy on the board must be filled by majority vote of the board members within 30 days.

“They appoint somebody to fill the seat until the next election,” said Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen.

That appointee will serve out the remaining year of Poole’s term, which expires next October.

Poole rationalized her decision to keep participating as a member of the school board into November by noting that she may not be able to establish residency in Oklahoma right away.

“If things don’t turn out well and my house doesn’t sell and stuff, I might be right back,” said Poole, hastening to add that she is planning on moving away for good if she can. “Until I find a residence, my residency legally stays in Alaska.”

Poole added, “Once I find a residence … my due diligence is to resign my school board position.”

Poole is also the former minister of Northern Light United Church and Douglas Community United Methodist Church. She moved to Juneau in the summer of 1993, “sight unseen,” she said, to join Douglas Community United Methodist Church as a missionary.

A farewell reception for Poole will be held Sunday afternoon at Northern Light Fellowship Hall, at 1:30 p.m.

Phil Campbell, pastor of Northern Light, said, “The congregation was interested in saying a goodbye.”

While organizers of the reception have not had much time to prepare or “get the word out,” with Poole’s departure in just one week’s time, Campbell said he thinks many people will want to see her before she leaves.

“We know that many people would like this opportunity to greet Kim. We don’t know how many people will be available to do so at the time we’ve set,” said Campbell. He added, “We feel like this is something that is an opportunity that the community would want, and we’re pleased to be able to host it and make it happen.”

Poole said she is hoping to see many people she knows at the reception.

“I’m actually hoping a lot of people from the community will come, because it’s just too hard to have a lot of going-away,” Poole said. “I have truly fallen in love with this community, and it was a very difficult decision (to leave), and I don’t think I can say goodbye over and over again without falling apart or changing my mind. … I’ve had 20 wonderful years, and can’t thank the people enough.”

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

Editor's note: The name of Northern Light United Church was misspelled in an earlier version of this article.

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