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    Outgoing Board Directors Recognized for Dedication to Students
    Posted on 11/17/2017
    Image of Dr. Stephan Blanford and Sue Peters

    Thank you! 

    The school district recognized outgoing School Board Directors Sue Peters and Dr. Stephan Blanford at Wednesday’s board meeting. 
    Blandford and Peters dedicated the past four years to creating the best educational experience for students and families across Seattle. During their terms, they attended more than 80 regular board meetings and just as many committee meetings and work sessions. Their only compensation for dedicating countless of hours to meeting, listening and collaborating on numerous issues and policies were often the smiles on the faces of students and families.

    “We recognize you do this work for the same reasons we do, for the kids,” said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Clover Codd, during the Wednesday board meeting. “They put in those countless hours because they believe in the beauty of public education.”

    During the meeting, district staff recognized Blanford for his leadership of creating paths of hope for students into paths of change. As a board director, Blanford dedicated his time to ensuring equitable education for all students, so they can realize their full potential and their dreams.

     “We’re not here for our own gratification. We’re not here because we get paid a whole lot of money. We’re here because we have been given this incredible honor to represent those students and those families and the communities they come from,” said Blanford during the Wednesday meeting. “So, I’ve tried to do that… with my heart, every day, trying to be in the right place.”

    Peters, who served as both Vice President and President of the board during her tenure, was recognized by staff for her appreciation to detail; strong advocacy for her constituents, for students and families; and for transparency in policy making. 

    “The buck does stop with us, and no matter what happens, people hold the school board accountable for any decisions that are made,” said Peters during the Wednesday meeting. “It’s a huge responsibility which I take very seriously."

    Seattle Public Schools thanks Blanford and Peters for their dedication to the school district and especially for serving all 53,000 students and their families. 

    Newly elected board directors Eden Mack and Zachary DeWolf will be sworn-in on Tuesday, November 28.

    Here is more information about the Seattle School Board on the district website.