School Board

The board members standing and posing for the camera lined up in two rows.
Stephan Blanford, Rick Burke‚Äč, Jill Geary, Scott Pinkham
Front: Betty Patu, Leslie Harris, Sue Peters

The Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools is an elected body of seven citizens representing geographical regions, known as Districts, within the City of Seattle. The length of each member's term is four years. Directors are elected by district in the primary elections and at-large (city-wide) in the general elections of odd-numbered years.

It is the belief of the Board of Directors and Superintendent that they are partners in the governance team of Seattle Public Schools. Both must do their jobs well for the organization to be successful and for the governance team as a whole to be effective.

2017 Board Officers:

Director Sue Peters - President
Director Leslie Harris  - Vice President
Director Scott Pinkham - Member-at-Large

Board Meeting Agenda(s)

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  • April 19, 2017 - Regular Board Meeting
  • April 20, 2017 - Board Special Meeting: Operations Committee
  • April 20, 2017 - Board Special Meeting: Work Session: Capital Programs Semi-Annual Report; Executive Session: to Evaluate the Performance of a Public Employee

Work of the Board

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors include: hiring and evaluating the Superintendent; establishing policies for governing the school district; adopting a balanced budget each year; having legal and fiduciary authority for the school district; adopting instructional materials; and, serving as community representatives to the district and on behalf of the district.

Office of Internal Audit and Ethics

Under the direction of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Office of Internal Audit and Ethics conducts audits to support and promote integrity, accountability, and transparency with respect to internal financial controls and compliance of the District.  The office also oversees the District's Ethics/Whistleblower Program.

The Office of Internal Audit was created in 2011, and reports directly to the Audit and Finance Committee. This reporting structure was established to ensure that the Office of Internal Audit remains independent of District Management. Independence is essential to ensure that audit results are objective, and are communicated directly to the School Board.

The Office of Internal Audit provides recommendations only, and does not have any authority to implement operational policies or procedures on behalf of the District. Upon completion of an audit, the results are communicated to the Audit and Finance Committee, which ensures full transparency of the internal audit function.  In 2014, the Office expanded to become the Office of Internal Audit and Ethics.

Policy Review

One of the ongoing responsibilities of the Board of Directors is to establish policies that guide the operation of the School District. Visit our SPS Polices and Procedures pages.

Current Board Goals

  • Budget Monitoring – Implement an annual budget monitoring system by adopting a budget that is aligned to the district’s strategic plan, meeting all annual commitments, enhanced Director understanding and review, and employing proactive systems to prevent or adhere to audit corrective action plans, when necessary. 
  • Community and Family Engagement – Increase engagement with underrepresented groups and community members, including families with language and other communication barriers, by gathering their input, sharing information, and creating venues for constructive dialogue. 
  • Cultural Responsiveness – Increase cultural responsiveness in guiding the school district and their understanding of how to best employ the Race and Equity tool.

Board of Directors and District Maps

Map of the seven director districts

District I

Scott Pinkham (Member-at-large)
Scott Pinkham board webpage
District I Map

District II

Rick Burke
Rick Burke board webpage
District II Map

District III

Jill Geary
Jill Geary board webpage
District III Map

District IV

Sue Peters (President)
Sue Peters board webpage
District IV Map

District V

Stephan Blanford
Stephan Blanford board webpage
District V Map

District VI

Leslie Harris (Vice President)
Leslie Harris board webpage
District VI Map

District VII

Betty Patu
Betty Patu board webpage
District VII Map

Additional Links

Contact Us

Seattle School District
Board of Directors
MS 11-010
PO Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

(For contacting the 7 School Board Directors, Superintendent, and senior staff)


(If you would like to contact only the 7 School Board Directors, and do not seek District staff assistance in responding to questions or concerns)

Directions to John Stanford Center

Annya Ritchie
Administrator, Board Office

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