Here's another introduction from a newly elected Seattle School Board member, Steve Sundquist.
"Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers. I decided to run for the Seattle School Board because I believe deeply that all of our children deserve a quality education and the opportunity to succeed.
I’m hopeful that this year’s election marked an important turning point for Seattle’s schools and the leadership of our District. The public voted by significant margins for school board candidates who possess broad and deep experience. As I listened to each of the recently elected candidates on the campaign trail, I heard us echoing similar priorities while maintaining our unique voices and frames of reference.
As I said repeatedly during the campaign, my focus will be on raising standards, improving the academic achievement of all our students, and turning around our under-performing schools so that all children, in all neighborhoods, get the quality education they deserve. I believe that we have a mandate to push forward in the direction of improved academic achievement for all students and effective fiscal management of the District.
We have a new Superintendent and leadership team who are bringing hope, energy, and a focus on student achievement. There’s a renewed commitment to accountability and results. As Dr. Goodloe-Johnson completes her entry period and offers her multi-year strategic plan to make Seattle a “District of Excellence", my top priority will be to evaluate the plan, offer my recommendations for improving it, and then help to unite the community behind the final result. Implementation is critical; the sooner we can move to this step, the sooner we can begin measuring our results and making the adjustments needed for long-term success.
I am optimistic about the future of Seattle Public Schools, and I look forward to serving as a School Board Director. Thank you for giving me this unique opportunity!"