By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools’ Director of Communications.
Earlier in November, the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors was named one of only 17 Boards of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).
When accepting that honor, Everett School Board President Pam LeSesne credited a long line of past school board members for having made the recent honor possible. She spoke of the current board’s responsibility to the public and to the direction set forth by past community-minded visionary board members.
The week of November 10th LeSesne learned the board had earned a second, and the highest WSSDA honor. She once again gave credit to those who came before.
Boards of the Year are those whose nomination for Board of Distinction is the highest-scoring in each of three categories.
Everett Public Schools, in the category of 9,000 or more students, shares the 2014 Board of the Year honor with Union Gap School District’s board (in the 1-1,000 student size category) and with the board of University Place School District (in the 1,001-9,000 student size category).
Each year WSSDA invites school boards to submit applications documenting research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement.
This year’s categories addressed:
- Promoting healthy relationships by inspiring and empowering others
- Setting and communicating high expectations for student learning, with clear goals and plans
- Creating conditions for student and staff success
- Holding schools and the district accountable for student learning expectations
- Engaging the local community and representing the values and expectations it holds for schools.
The board’s nomination, which earned the highest scores of the state’s largest districts, is published online.