January is School Board recognition month

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Shoreline School District Board of Directors
Name and District # from left: #5 Dick Potter, #1 President Michael Jacobs,
#2 Heather Fralick, #3 VP David Wilson, #4 Dick Nicholson

Nationwide and throughout Washington state, school districts are currently celebrating School Board Recognition Month. This year marks the 24th year of this annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association.

With a proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the Association of Educational Service Districts and the broader education community take time each January to honor board members from Washington’s 295 school districts and nine elected educational service district boards.

Like our legislators elected to serve in Olympia, Washington’s 1477 school board members are local citizens elected to represent and respond to the interests of their community.

School Board Directors have to live in the District they represent
Very few neighborhoods are wholly within a district.
Residents vote on all the Directors and the
Directors represent the entire school district

“The role of school boards is to provide visionary leadership and governance, which requires a great deal of time and energy,” said WSSDA Executive Director Tim Garchow. 
“We’re fortunate that community members have the opportunity to step into the role of school director, but even more fortunate that we have 1,477 citizens committed to filling that role in service to our state’s youth.”

In total, Washington’s school directors govern districts serving 1.1 million students, with a combined annual budget of over $15 billion, employing about 120,000 people.

As they help districts navigate a variety of complex educational and social issues, let us thank our school board members for their service. Their efforts are crucial to building a thriving, equitable system of public education for all students.

See the governor's proclamation.

"Public education does not serve a public; it creates a public.” — Neal Postman


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