2012 Award Recipients
In 2012, 23 school boards were honored as WSSDA Boards of Distinction. Three of these boards were also recognized as WSSDA Boards of the Year. These include boards for the Ferndale, Marysville and Prescott school districts.
The Boards of Distinction awards program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district performance.
Award applicants are required to submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the new standards into practice. In 2012, applicants were asked to address the following benchmarks from each of the five standards:
- Respecting and advocating mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of board members and the superintendent.
- Adopting a collaboratively developed district plan focused on learning and achievement outcomes for all students.
- Providing for learning essentials, including rigorous curriculum, technology and high quality facilities.
- Measuring student academic progress and needs based on valid and reliable assessments.
- Ensuring district information and decisions are communicated community-wide.
Applications were evaluated by an independent review panel, and awards were given to those who received at least 80 points out of a possible 100.
The following is a list of WSSDA Boards of Distinction Award recipients for 2012. Links to application essays are included for each of the three Board of the Year winners.
Boards of the Year
- Ferndale: Lee Anne Riddle, Stuart McKay, Kevin Erickson, Hugh Foulke, Andrew McLaurin. Linda Quinn, Superintendent. View Essay.
- Marysville: Chris Nation, Wendy Fryberg, Tom Albright, Cindy Erickson, Pete Lundberg. Larry Nyland, Superintendent. View Essay.
- Prescott: Karen Tonne, Sara Fletcher, Ada Gonzalez-Hernandez, Eva Madrigal, Erik Young. Bill Jordan, Superintendent. View Essay.
Boards of Distinction
- Anacortes: Jeannette Papadakis, Bobbilyn Hogge, Lynne Lang, Karl Yost, Robert Maxson. Chris Borgen,Superintendent
- Auburn: Lisa Connors, Janice Nelson, Ray Vefik, Carol Seng, Anne Baunach. Dennis Kip Herren, Superintendent.
- Camas: Casey O’Dell, Julie Rotz, Connie Hennessey, Doug Quinn, Mary Tipton. Mike Nerland, Superintendent.
- Central Valley: Debra Long, Tom Dingus, Keith Clark, MJ Bolt, Amy Mason. Ben Small, Superintendent.
- Chimacum: Ted Friedrich, Cammy Brown, Kris Butler, David Robocker, Kevin Miller. Craig Downs, Superintendent.
- Clover Park: Carole Jacobs, Marty Schafer, Jose Salamanca, Joe Vlaming, Paul Wagemann. Debbie LeBeau, Superintendent.
- Federal Way: Ed Barney, Claire Wilson, Danny Peterson, Angela Griffin, Tony Moore. Robert Neu, Superintendent.
- Franklin Pierce: Mark Baumgarten, John Harstad, Reva Palmer, Cole Roberts, Mary Sherman. Frank Hewins, Superintendent.
- Issaquah: Brian Deagle, Chad Magendanz, Marnie Maraldo, Suzanne Weaver, Anne Moore. Steve Rasmussen, Superintendent.
- Kent: Agda Burchard, Russ Hanscom, Tim Clark, Karen DeBruler, Debbie Straus. Edward Vargas, Superintendent.
- Lakewood: Kelly Allen, Larry Bean, Ken Christiansen, Oscar Escalante, Gregory Jensen. Delgerzaya Tsengelmaa and Taylor Studzinski, (Student Representatives.). Dennis Haddock, Superintendent.
- Methow Valley: Mary Anne Quigley, Dana Stromberger, Don Calvert, Gary Marchbank, Frank Kline. Mark Wenzel, Superintendent.
- Monroe: Greg Accetturo, Tom MacIntyre, Jim Scott, Nancy Truitt Pierce, Katy Woods. Ken Hoover, Superintendent.
- Puyallup: Pat Donovan, Greg Heath, Chris Ihrig, Pat Jenkins, Dane Looker. Tim Yeomans, Superintendent.
- South Kitsap: Keith Garton, Patty Henderson, Chris Lemke, Kathryn Simpson, Greg Wall. Bev Cheney, Interim Superintendent.
- Sunnyside: Sandra Linde, Lorenzo Garza, Michelle Perry, Miguel Puente, Rocky Simmons. Arianna Cecotti and Trevor Hargrave (student representatives). Rick Cole, Superintendent.
- Tumwater: Rita Luce, Kim Reykdal, Jay Wood, Bob Barclift, Janine Ward. Mike Kirby, Superintendent.
- Vancouver Public Schools: Kathy Gillespie, Dale Rice, Mark Stoker, Edri Geiger, Mari Greves. Steven Webb, Superintendent.
- West Valley (Spokane): Sam Andrews, Bob Dompier, Pam McLeod, Bob Wentworth, Jim Williams. Gene Sementi, Superintendent.
- White River: Mike Jansen, Jean Lacy, Susan McGuire, Cassie Pearson, Denise Vogel. Janel Keating, Superintendent.