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    School Board Appoints Brandon Hersey District VII (7) Director

    The Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools voted Wednesday, September 18, 2019, to appoint Brandon Hersey as the District VII Director representing Southeast Seattle. Read the appointment announcement, including quotes from Board President Harris and Superintendent Juneau.

    Background and Appointment Process: During the May 15, 2019 board meeting, the Seattle School Board accepted the resignation of Director Betty Patu effective July 1, 2019. The board has established procedures for appointing replacement school board director positions. Director Patu has represented District VII (7), which encompasses Southeast Seattle, since 2009. In November 2018, she was elected to her third term as District VII director.

    Per state law (RCW 28A.343.370), because the vacancy occurred outside the regular election cycle, the current board will appoint a replacement to serve for the remainder of the term. The appointment term will be until the November 2021 election. The appointee can run for office during the 2021 campaign cycle. It is the intent of the board to run a transparent process and publicly swear in the final candidate at a regular board meeting on September 18, 2019.

    Seattle Public Schools is the largest district in the state, home to over 53,000 diverse students that attend over 100 schools. The district has an operating budget of over $1.5 billion. A seven-person board of directors provides organizational governance as well as hiring and evaluating the superintendent. Each director, while responsible for governance of the entire district, also represent seven distinct districts that represent neighborhoods across Seattle.

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    Candidates

    Applicants for the position must reside within the boundaries of District VII, be U.S. citizens, and registered voters. Please see District VII Candidate webpage for appointment criteria and process timeline.

    Read more about the District VII candidates.

    Community Engagement

    Questions for Candidates from the Community

    Feedback from the community will assist the board in it's appointment decision. Questions collected with the online and paper-based forms were incorporated in the questionnaire for candidates. Answers to the questionnaire are published on each candidate's Seattle Public Schools webpage and shared at the Public Candidate District VII Forum at Rainier Beach High School. Read the questions submitted from the community in June.

    September Candidate Forum

    On Wednesday, Sept. 11, there was a second School Board District VII Candidate Forum at the Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center (8815 Seward Park Ave S Seattle, WA 98118) from 6 - 9 p.m. During this forum, the three finalists answered questions from the community. Questions were accepted through an online form from September 10 at 8 a.m. through September 11 at 8 a.m. and in person from 6 to 6:10 p.m. at the forum.

    Visit YouTube to watch recordings of the candidate forum:

    August Candidate Forum

    Community feedback from the District VII Candidate Forum held August 7 at Rainier Beach High School was submitted through an online form through August 13 at 5 p.m. Feedback will be compiled and provided to the board. Thank you for your participation.

    Visit YouTube to watch the August 7 candidate forum.

    Timeline for Appointment

    June 17: Invitation for candidates to submit a letter of interest and work experience/resume will be distributed via multiple channels; Information about the process will be shared with families, staff, students, and partners and they will be invited to provide feedback on questions asked of candidates. Input will shape the candidate questionnaire and public forums.

    June 28: Letter of interest and work experience/resume deadline for interested candidates.

    June 28: Deadline for community, family, student, staff input on candidate questions.

    July 5: Individual candidate webpages published. Pages include candidates’ letters of interest and work experience.

    July 15: School Board holds a public special meeting (Work Session) on the School Board District VII Appointment Process from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Board Office Conference Room at the John Stanford Center.

    July 29: Completed candidate questionnaires due by Monday, July 29, 2019 at 9 a.m. Extensions were provided for questionnaire responses submission and revisions. Final deadline to send content was August 1, 5 p.m.

    July 30: Completed candidate questionnaires shared publicly on each individual’s webpage. Final content was published on August 2.

    August 5: School Board held a public special meeting (Work Session) on the School Board District VII Appointment Process from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Board Office Conference Room at the John Stanford Center. During this meeting, it is anticipated that the Board will select questions for the August 7 forum.

    August 7: Public Candidate District VII Forum at the Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center from 6 - 9 p.m. All candidates had the opportunity to share why they were interested in serving on the Seattle School Board. Ron Sims, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former King County executive, moderated the forum

    Translation supports provided in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, and Vietnamese as well as American Sign Language. 

    August 12: School Board public special meeting (Work Session) on the School Board District VII Appointment Process in the Board Office Conference Room at the John Stanford Center. During this meeting, the Board planned for upcoming appointment process meetings. 

    August 21: Public special board meeting to select the three finalist candidates at the John Stanford Center.

    September 11: Second Public District VII Candidate Forum at the Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center from 6 - 9 p.m. During this forum, the three finalists were invited to answer questions from the community. Questions were accepted through the District VII appointment webpage from September 10 at 8 a.m. through September 11 at 8 a.m. Questions were also accepted in person from 6 to 6:10 p.m. on September 11 at the forum.

    At the event, childcare was available for children ages 4 to 12. Translation supports were provided in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, and Vietnamese as well as American Sign Language.

     

    September 18: School Board voted the applicants during the Regular School Board meeting, at the John Stanford Center auditorium. The applicant selected was sworn in during the Regular Board meeting.