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School Board Directors Sworn In

Summary: Directors Song Maritz and Sarju begin a four-year term. Director Hersey begins a second term of service.

School Board Directors Sworn for New Terms

Three directors took the oath of office for the Seattle Public School Board of Directors on November 30.

Vivian Song Maritz, representing District 4, and Michelle Sarju, representing District 5, were elected to their first term in the November 2021 election. Brandon Hersey, representing District 7, was elected for a second term in the same election.

Before the swearing in ceremony, SPS students and community members offered words of thanks to departing board directors Zachary DeWolf and Erin Dury on November 17. The former members were presented with gifts and certificates of appreciation for their service. 

After swearing in the most diverse School Board the district has ever had, Superintendent Brent Jones urged the leaders to leverage their diversity.

“Together we’ll deliver on our commitments to students and families to provide safe and welcoming schools and high-quality instruction,” he said.

The Seattle School Board is an elected body of seven citizens who serve four-year terms and represent geographical regions within the city of Seattle.

District 4: Northwest Seattle

Vivian Song Maritz, whose district includes Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Ballard, grew up in the public school system. She is the mother of four current and future SPS students. She is committed to serving students, teachers, and staff.

After being sworn in, Song Maritz thanked her supporters. “What we all share is a common excitement for the future, the future of our incredible 50,000 Seattle Public School students,” she said.

District 5: Central Seattle

Michelle Sarju represents District 5, which includes Capitol Hill, Chinatown International District, First Hill, Leschi, Madison, and the Central District. She attended public schools from middle school through graduate school at the University of Washington and believes every child should have access to a high-quality public education. 

“As we embark on this journey to make Seattle Public Schools one of the best school districts in the nation … I encourage us to remember who we’re centering. We’re centering children,” Sarju said. 

District 7: Southeast Seattle

Brandon Hersey comes from a family of educators and has dedicated his life to working with young people. He was re-elected to District 7, which encompasses Southeast Seattle. As a former teacher and newly elected president of the board, Hersey wants to give a voice to SPS students, families, and educators.

“Every student in Seattle public schools, every child in this room, every person I have gotten to meet that works in our system, they don’t even know us, but they’re counting on us. They don’t even know us, but they need us to get this right,” Hersey said. “Play time is over.”

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