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Lake Stevens' school board named state Board of Distinction


The Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors was one of 15 entities in the state named as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA).

Lake Stevens' board is comprised of John Boerger, David Iseminger, Paul Lund, Kevin Plemel and Mari Taylor.

"It is an honor to be recognized by our statewide association," said Boerger, Board President. "Over the last year, we have worked with our community to set a Foundation for Excellence for our district and our goals for student success for the next three years. Our board truly is a cohesive team, building on input from groups across the district and focusing on teaching and learning, technology, transitions and community engagement. It's exciting and challenging work and I'm pleased that we can share it with our colleagues across Washington state."

The other Boards of Distinction were Anacortes, Auburn, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Issaquah, Kent, Monroe, Port Angeles, Pullman, South Kitsap, Sunnyside, Tumwater, University Place and Vancouver.

"Each of these boards has excelled in school governance," said Debbie Long, President of WSSDA. "The boards had to rigorously document how their work was making a real difference for students. They are exceptional models of effective school boards."

The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement.

Applicants submitted a lengthy essay supporting evidence to demonstrate how they put the standards into practice. This year, applicants addressed the following:

• Adopting policies based on well-researched practices that emphasize a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

• Ensuring non-negotiable goals for student achievement are established and aligned to the district's plan.

• Ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for an effective learning environment.

• Committing to continuous improvement in student achievement at each school and throughout the district.

• Soliciting input from staff and a wide spectrum of the community so that a diverse range of interests and perspectives on issues is considered.

The applications were evaluated by an independent review panel. The boards were honored Nov. 24 at the 2013 WSSDA Annual Conference in Bellevue.


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