The Olympia School Board will be recognized next week as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.
It’s one of 24 school boards in the state that received the designation. All of the honorees are contenders for the state’s 2016 Board of the Year, which will be announced Nov. 17 during the annual WSSDA conference in Spokane.
“Each of these boards demonstrates the excellent work done by Washington’s 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members,” WSSDA president Chris Nation said in a news release. “This program gives us a chance to acknowledge that commitment to their students and communities.”
The Olympia School Board’s members are president Mark Campeau, vice president Eileen Thomson, and members Justin Montermini, Joellen Wilhelm and Frank Wilson. This year’s student representative is Olympia High School student Rachel Hodes.
Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he’s thrilled about the board’s recognition. He said he’s never worked with a school board that’s more closely connected to its schools.
“They know teachers by name and their programs, challenges and successes,” Cvitanich said. “Their work is both professional and personal.”