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December 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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.
May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM
The Seattle School Board voted tonight to open contract negotiations with the man it wants to be the next leader of the city’s public schools, Jose Banda.
Banda, 55, the schools chief of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District, was chosen by the board in part because of his reputation for soliciting community input, board members said.
“Mr. Banda brings the confidence of a seasoned educator and administrator who will assess the strengths and weaknesses of our system before making change,” board member Marty McLaren said.
Board President Michael DeBell, who will negotiate with Banda, called it a difficult decision but said Banda is ready for the job.
“This is another milestone in the history of this district,” DeBell said.
In an interview afterward, DeBell said he thinks Banda views the Seattle Public Schools superintendent position as a “dream job.”
DeBell also expressed relief at the end of a long process and asked the community to view the new superintendent as a “fresh start” and opportunity to “reduce the rancor.”
The board is hoping to finalize the contract by its next regular board meeting, on May 16. Banda’s base salary is expected to be about $225,000, although it will depend on negotiations.
Before the vote, parent and district activist Cecilia McCormick thanked the board for its choice. Then she turned toward the gathered TV cameras.
“Bienvenidos, welcome, thank you for saying yes to Seattle,” McCormick said in a message for Banda, who is bilingual.” I believe I speak for many in the city when I say we are happy and excited you are coming to lead our district.”
He would start the job July 1, the day after Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield leaves to lead the Highline School District. He would be the first permanent superintendent since Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who was fired in March 2011.
Forty-two people applied for the job, and three finalists visited town last week.
December 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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 years. He has served as president twice before, and spend the past year as vice president.
He has a reputation as a centrist with a deep knowledge of proper procedure.
In a brief speech during the meeting, DeBell pointed to four priorities: vision, oversight, transparency and engagement (V.O.T.E.).
“It’s V.O.T.E.,” he said to laughter. “It’s votes that got us up here and it’s our votes that count for getting our work done,”
The board also chose Central District representative Kay Smith-Blum as vice president and southeast representative Betty Patu as the third member of the executive committee.
The former president, Steve Sundquist, lost his re-election bid last month. Marty McLaren replaced him on the board Wednesday. Another new member, Sharon Peaslee, beat incumbent Peter Maier last month.
November 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM
The Seattle School Board will have two new members the next time it meets.
North Seattle incumbent Peter Maier called challenger Sharon Peaslee to concede Tuesday, resolving the final piece of an election which featured four highly contested races.
Updated vote totals released earlier Tuesday showed Peaslee leading Maier by about 1,700 votes, or 1.13 percent. State law provides for a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 percent.
Election results will officially be certified next week.
Peaslee’s apparent victory came as a surprise to many in the Seattle education community. An independent writer and producer who founding a math tutoring business on the Eastside, she was not given much of a chance against Maier, a one-term incumbent and longtime levy campaign leader.
While Maier led Peaslee 51.9 percent to 47.7 percent on Election Night, Peaslee steadily closed the gap as ballots from late voters were counted.
She will join West Seattle’s Marty McLaren, who staged her own upset against current board president Steve Sundquist, on the new board. Sherry Carr and Harium Martin-Morris were re-elected, and three other incumbents were not up for re-election.
The new board will be sworn in next Wednesday afternoon at district headquarters. It will meet for the first time Dec. 7, and will elect a new president then.
November 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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.
November 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM
New vote counts released Wednesday afternoon showed an even larger lead for West Seattle challenger Marty McLaren over Seattle School Board President Steve Sundquist.
McLaren, a retired teacher, led Sundquist by almost 3,000 votes – 51.5 percent to 48.1 percent.
A little more than half of the expected vote had been counted.
In the other school board races, challenger Sharon Peaslee pulled within 3,500 votes of District 1 incumbent Peter Maier but was still trailing.
The other incumbents, Sherry Carr (District 2) and Harium Martin-Morris (District 3), maintained their large leads over challengers Kate Martin and Michelle Buetow.
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