Issaquah School Board receives distinction award

December 14, 2010

By Staff

For the second consecutive year, the Issaquah School Board has received a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The board, including Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and members Jan Woldseth Colbrese, Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Chad Magendanz, Marnie Maraldo, learned about the honor at the annual WSSDA conference Nov. 17-20 in Spokane, where school board members from the state’s 295 school districts met to share ideas.

To apply, boards had to answer several questions, including those about their work to improve student learning and the board’s accountability to the community.“It’s essentially a great way to do a board assessment,” said board president Woldseth Colbrese, who served on the WSSDA task force that created the parameters for the award. “We were pleased it was a great experience and we appreciate the staff for its help.”

WSSDA started offering the award in 2009. Last year, eight boards received the distinction. This year, of the 15 school boards that applied, all 15 earned the award, said Phil Gore, WSSDA director of leadership development services. Boards that win the award five years in a row receive a special achievement award.

A committee of school board members and an educational service district superintendent judged the entries.

Gore, though he was not an evaluator, said the Issaquah School Board was “noteworthy for its commitment for improving student achievement and reducing the achievement gap.”

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