In a 4-3 vote, the Seattle School Board has selected Sharon Peaslee as its next president. She’ll serve a one-year term.
Peaslee, who produces video and web-based programs through her production company, Flying Lula Productions, joined the board in 2011 and served on the executive committee last year as the member-at-large.
She replaces Kay Smith-Blum, who did not run for re-election this year. Peaslee was supported by new board member Sue Peters as well as Marty McLaren and Betty Patu.
Patu, who joined the board in 2009, was unanimously re-elected as vice president. Peaslee noted that she would have supported Patu for president, but Patu expressed concerns about the time commitment.
The board also unanimously elected McLaren, who joined the board in 2011, as the third member of the board’s executive committee, as member-at-large.
Board member Sherry Carr also was nominated as president, supported by new member Stephan Blanford and Harium Martin-Morris, but she fell one vote short.
Carr also was nominated for president in last year’s election, when Smith-Blum won on a 4-3 vote.