11-21-11: Puyallup School Board is named 2011 Board of Distinction
11-21-11: Puyallup School Board is named 2011 Board of Distinction

For the third consecutive year, the Puyallup School Board has been named a Board of Distinction in Washington state.

The board is one of only 16 school boards statewide to receive the honor this year from the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).

A plaque was presented to the board on November 19 at the annual WSSDA conference in Bellevue.

Locally, the board will be recognized for the special honor at the November 28 Puyallup School Board meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Ballou Junior High School, 9916 136th St. E. in Puyallup.

The award recognizes the work of school board directors Pat Donovan, Greg Heath, Chris Ihrig, Cindy Poysnick, and Diana Seeley.

The Board of Distinction program honors school boards statewide 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 supportive evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the new standards into practice. This year, applicants were asked to address the following benchmarks:

  • Ensuring school board and district transparency through a process that is open and accountable.
  • Leading the development, articulation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by schools and community.
  • Employing and supporting quality teachers, administrators, and other staff and providing for their professional development.
  • Evaluating the superintendent on clear and focused expectations.
  • Ensuring the board is accountable and open to the public, including seeking divergent perspectives in its decision making process.

Applications are evaluated by an independent review panel, and awards are given to those who receive at least 70 points out of a possible 100.