Former Seattle School Board member Peter Maier is the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education. The board members selected Maier from a group of six finalists, one of whom was current Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum.
Smith-Blum said she withdrew her candidacy at the end of her interview last week, saying she was committed to finishing her four-year term in Seattle.
The State Board has 14 voting members, a mix of gubernatorial appointees, members selected by school board members across the state, one private school representative and the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The state board’s responsibilities include setting state graduation requirements, creating and administering a school-performance index, and overseeing some charter-school policies.
Mara Childs, a sophomore at Shorecrest High in Shoreline, has also been appointed as a nonvoting, student member of the board.