: From: Office of Public Affairs
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:04 PM
Subject: School Board elects new officers
Seattle School Board elects new officers
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors on Wednesday night elected the following new officers for the 2013 calendar year:
Kay Smith-Blum – President
Betty Patu – Vice President
Sharon Peaslee– Member at Large
Smith-Blum was elected by a 4-3 vote, with Directors Betty Patu, Sharon Peaslee and Marty McLaren voting for her election and Directors Michael DeBell, Harium Martin-Morris and Sherry Carr voting against. Director Carr was also nominated as Board President but her election was defeated by a 4-3 vote, with Directors Patu, Peaslee, McLaren and Smith-Blum voting no.
Both Patu and Peaslee were elected to their positions unanimously.
As Board President, Smith-Blum will preside at all Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings and sign all papers and documents as required by law or as authorized by the action of the Board. Smith-Blum will also serve as the Board spokesperson. In addition she will be responsible for appointing committee chairs, and those appointments will be announced in January.
“It’s my opinion that a leader of any organization is only as good as their ability to listen, and I intend to do a great deal of that in this coming year,” Smith-Blum said.
Patu, the newly-elected Vice President, will serve on the Executive Committee and preside at Board meetings in Smith-Blum’s absence.
As Member-at-Large, Peaslee shall serve on the Executive Committee with the President and Vice President and shall preside at Board meetings in the absence of the President and Vice President.
The officers are elected for one-year terms and serve as the Executive Committee of the Board. The Executive Committee provides:
■ Leadership for the Board in the areas of government relations with national, state and local agencies
■ Coordination of the Superintendent evaluation
■ Board training
■ Development of the Board’s annual work plans, agendas and schedules
■ A forum as the sounding board for the Superintendent and the executive management team
The new officers will assume their duties after the board meeting on Wednesday night.
More information on Board leadership, activities and upcoming events can be found online here<http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=189059&sessionid=7c346566a982e4ec2bddb2c65c88414e&t> or call the School Board Office at (206) 252-0040.