School board honored for good governance

December 1, 2009

By Staff

Members of Issaquah School District’s school board have been selected as the 2009 School Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.The announcement was made Nov. 20 as part of the association’s annual conference.

Issaquah’s board was among eight honored at the 2009 conference. The other school district’s honored were from the Evergreen, Pasco, Puyallup, South Kitsap, Vancouver, West Valley and White River school districts.

To be included in the association’s award program, school board members were required to submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they were putting the association’s new standards into practice.

New standards included:

4Providing responsible school district governance

4Setting and communicating high expectations for student learning, with clear goals and plans for meeting those expectations

4Creating conditions districtwide for student and staff success

4Holding the school district accountable for meeting student learning expectations, and

4Engaging the local community, and representing the values and expectations they hold for their schools.

An independent panel of judges reviewed the applications and awards were given to school boards who received at least 70 points out of a possible 100. Each school board awarded this year received at least 80 points.

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