S Kitsap, Sunnyside named Boards of the Year
The South Kitsap and Sunnyside school boards were named 2013 Boards of the Year during WSSDA's Annual Conference. Directors honored 15 school boards as Boards of Distinction. This included three that received a special merit award after being named a Board of Distinction five years in a row.
Issaquah, South Kitsap and Vancouver each received the five-year award. The remaining Boards of Distinction included: Anacortes, Auburn, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Kent, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Port Angeles, Pullman, Sunnyside, Tumwater and University Place.
“There is no higher formal honor in our state for excellence as a school board than being named Board of the Year,” said Debbie Long, outgoing president of the WSSDA Board of Directors. “They come from very different areas of the state, showing how excellence knows no geographic or economic boundaries.”
The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement.
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About the awards
Boards of the Year: This prestigious award goes only to the highest rated boards from among the applicants. One district from each of three district enrollment sizes (small, medium, large) may receive this accolade. Board of the Year recipients will be featured in WSSDA Direct.
Boards of Distinction: This award recognizes each board that shows evidence toward meeting the Washington School Board Standards. Our hope is that every school board in Washington will eventually meet the criteria for this tribute that reflects their commitment to effective governance.
Special Merit Award: Five Year Board of Distinction: This special award honors boards that have demonstrating continued focus on and breadth of alignment to the Washington School Board Standards. It is given to boards that have received a Board of Distinction award for five consecutive years.
Why should you apply?
The Boards of Distinction application process offers your board an opportunity for growth and helps you to:
- Discuss how your actions align with effective board governance practices.
- Document your focus on educational excellence and equity for all students.
- Identify how you create conditions for student and staff success.
- Demonstrate your commitment to continuous improvement and accountability.
About the application process
The application is based on the principles of the five Washington School Board Standards. Each standard has a set of benchmarks to help identify the knowledge and skills that high performing boards demonstrate.
Sections include boardsmanship, professional development, student achievement, and demonstrations of effectiveness. In response to input from members, student achievement documentation and an explanation of the data were added this year.
Five essays with supporting documentation – one for each standard – focus on a different benchmark each year. These demonstrations of effectiveness count for up to 60% of the application’s score.
The full board should be involved in discussion and writing, and narratives should reflect the viewpoint and work of the board, rather than the administration.
For more detailed instructions, open and download the application. To help inform your narratives, we suggest you browse through the resource links in the box to the right of this page.
Award recipients will be announced on the evening of Saturday, November 23 at the WSSDA Annual Conference in Bellevue. All applicants should plan to be present.
Applications are due no later than midnight, September 26.
How to apply
Open and download the application, and read through each section before you begin work. We recommend you also review the resources provided in the Application and Resources box at right. Then, complete the application form and narratives as instructed, and assemble supporting evidence. Be sure to identify supporting documents by name within each essay (e.g., Appendix A).
Submit your completed application as a single Word file or PDF document to Connie Lauderdale at C.Lauderdale@wssda.org. For questions, please contact Connie at 360.252.3009.
Applications must be received no later than midnight on September 26.