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    District 7 School Board Director Appointment Updates and Candidate Questionnaire
    Posted on 07/17/2019
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    District VII Appointment Process Updates and Candidate Questionnaire

    The Seattle School Board held a public meeting on July 15 to adjust the appointment process for the District VII position, which was vacated by Director Betty Patu effective July 1, 2019.

    To increase community engagement, the board modified the appointment process schedule and will now vote on a final candidate in September.

    Candidate Questionnaire

    Board members also approved content for the District VII candidate questionnaire, which was sent to candidates on July 16. Candidates were asked to provide responses to the following five School Board-selected questions:

    1. What is your connection to the Southeast Seattle District VII community, schools, families, and students? How do you foresee growing or expanding on those connections and relationships in your role as a school board director?

    2. What is your understanding of the role of school board director? How do you foresee working with your fellow directors, the superintendent, staff, and the public?

    3. How do you think Seattle Public Schools is doing? Do you support the district’s recently adopted strategic plan — why or why not? What does focusing on students that are the furthest from educational justice mean to you? Read the district's strategic plan.

    4. How does racism affect education in Seattle? What are your ideas for implementing School Board Policy No. 0030, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity? Read Policy 0030.

    5. What do you want to focus on as a school board director and why? How do you foresee doing that work within the constraints of the role (law, existing policy, budget, staff, and public expectations)?

    Candidates were also asked to choose three questions submitted by community members in a recent survey. Read the submitted questions.

    The candidates' responses will be published on their individual webpages.

    Revised District VII Director Appointment Timeline

    A revised timeline of key dates in the appointment process is included below:

    July 29 (NEW): Completed candidate questionnaires due Monday, July 29, 9 a.m.

    Date TBD: The responses from the completed candidate questionnaires published on each individual’s webpage.

    Date TBD (NEW): School Board holds a public special meeting (work session) on the School Board District VII appointment process. During this meeting, it is anticipated that the board will select questions for the Wednesday, August 7 forum.

    Aug. 7: Public Candidate District VII Forum at Rainier Beach High School, 6 - 9 p.m. All candidates will have the opportunity to share why they are interested in serving on the Seattle School Board. View the calendar for more about the forum.

    Aug. 21 (NEW): Public special board meeting to select the three finalist candidates at the John Stanford Center, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

    Sept. 11 (NEW): Public Candidate District VII Forum from 6 - 9 p.m. (Location is to be determined). During this forum, the three finalists will be invited to answer questions from the community.

    Sept. 18 (NEW): School Board vote on the applicants during the Regular School Board meeting, which begins at 4:15 p.m. at the John Stanford Center auditorium. The applicant that is selected will be sworn in during the regular board meeting.

    *Please note: the previously published process steps have been replaced by the above timeline. Previously, the board was scheduled to vote on August 14 and swear in the new director on August 28.