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…More
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Michael DeBell, who has served on the Seattle School Board for the past eight years, has decided not to seek a third term, saying he’s interested in doing something new. DeBell’s board seat is one of three that will be on the ballot this year, along with the ones now held by Board President Kay Smith-Blum and…More
Tears flowed this afternoon as Seattle school officials publicly praised Susan Enfield at her last Seattle School Board meeting as interim superintendent. Enfield, who will start as the chief of the Highline School District on July 1, is taking unused vacation time that is moving up her departure date to within the next week or so. In an unexpected…More
In a sign of division, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 Wednesday night to postpone consideration of a proposal about its own power. The vote, the first 4-3 vote on the board in months, followed an unusually long and contentious debate about the proposal, which would have spelled out clear guidelines for appropriate behavior by…More
The new Seattle School Board elected Michael DeBell as its president at its first meeting Wednesday night. The president, who is elected each year, presides at board meetings and the executive committee, in addition to representing the board at formal functions. DeBell, who represents the northwest part of the city, has been on the board for six…More
It was a night for tributes at Wednesday night’s Seattle School Board meeting.
Board members, district officials and community members honored longtime school administrator Roscoe Bass, who died last week, and Steve Sundquist and Peter Maier, both of whom appear headed for defeat in their bids for re-election to the board.
“Autumn is a time of change and passage, and that’s what it feels like tonight to me,” board vice president Michael DeBell said before launching into a speech discussing all three men.
DeBell was joined by almost all of the other board members in praising Bass, who served as principal of Garfield High School and Sharples Alternative High School. Officials also suspended their normal rules for public comment to allow a group of community members to offer a description of Bass’ life.More