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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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…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
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…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
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,…More