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    District VII

    District Director Appointment Information

    During the May 15, 2019 board meeting, the Seattle School Board accepted the resignation of Director Betty Patu effective July 1, 2019. Director Patu has represented District VII (7), which encompasses Southeast Seattle, since 2009. In November 20013, she was elected to her third term as District VII director.

    Read the announcement about Director Patu's retirement.

    The board has established procedures for appointing replacement school board director positions. Read more about the appointment process.

    About Betty Patu

    Betty Patu has worked tirelessly for Seattle Public Schools for the past 32 years. She has successfully directed award-winning educational programs recognized to increase graduation rates, grow the number of college-bound students and reduce gang violence.

    Betty Patu is responsible for having the highest number of South Pacific Islander students graduate from public school in any one year. The notoriety of her program prompted Seattle Public Schools to expand her outreach to include ALL students.  

    Over the past two decades, Betty Patu has been honored with numerous awards, including the Wives of NBA Allstar's "Women Standing Tall" Award, Asian Pacific Women's Caucus, "Warrior in Education" Award, Patty Murray "tennis shoe" award, the Governor's Volunteer Award, the Mayor's Volunteer Award and the Big Sister "Role Model" Award.

    She is a current board member at Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Past President of Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS), Vice President of Rainier Beach Foundation, Past Vice President, Rainier Beach Parent, Teachers, Students Association (PTSA) and Founder/President, Islanders Children & Youth Services (ICYS).

    Betty Patu is on the board because she believes in the safety of all our children, treating all children with respect, and making sure that each one of them are provided an equitable and quality education. She believes the District needs to focus more on community partnership and parent involvement as it will bring about the positive change needed to evolve in our global market.


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