Just a few months after she was elected president of the Seattle School Board, Kay Smith-Blum may be leaving to join the Washington State Board of Education.
Smith-Blum said she submitted an application for a vacant state board position about a week ago, largely because she is interested in being considered for some future Board of Education posts that will open in January. But she has been named one of six finalists for the current open position. She said she was surprised but pleased that she is a finalist and she will be interviewed tomorrow. She said she hasn’t decided what to do if she is offered the position.
If she is selected for the State Board position and accepts it, Smith-Blum would resign from her position on the Seattle School Board.
One factor in her decision, she said, is time. The clothing store she owns with her husband, Butch Blum, has some new opportunities that they may want to pursue.
Smith-Blum said she sees a seat on the State Board as a possible way “to stay in the education conversation without having to make the volume of time commitment that I would have to make to the Seattle School Board.”
Even if she doesn’t get or accept the State Board post, Smith-Blum also is weighing whether to seek re-election to the Seattle School Board later this year.
“I have a lot going on,” she said, “and I’ve been very reflective about whether or not I can commit another four years at the level of commitment that I have been happy to make these last four years.”
Smith-Blum joined the Seattle School Board in 2009 representing the district that includes the Central Area, Capitol Hill and part of downtown. Last year, she served as the board’s vice president and was recently elected president.