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Clover Park School District Board recognized as a Board of Distinction

Along with 23 other school boards in Washington, Clover Park School District's Board of Directors was named this week as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA). This is the largest number of boards receiving the honor in the eight-year history of WSSDA's program.

"The increase in the number of boards of distinction reflects the rise in expertise on boards across the state to improve the quality of public education for each and every child," said WSSDA President Chris Nation. "Each of these boards demonstrates the excellent work done by Washington's 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members. This program gives us a chance to acknowledge that commitment to their students and communities."

The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement, and help close the opportunity gap.

"We are honored to have our board members be recognized for the hard work and dedication to the community they demonstrate through their service," said superintendent Debbie LeBeau. "To be commended along with so many other excellent boards across the state makes this designation even more special."

Award applicants submitted essays and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. This year, applicants addressed the following:

  • Being accountable and open to the public, and seeking divergent perspectives in its decision making;
  • Adopting a collaboratively developed district plan focused on learning and achievement; and
  • Employing and supporting quality teachers, administrators and other staff, and providing for professional development.

Applicants also discussed specific decisions their boards had made and evidence on how they were working to help close the opportunity gap.

The applications were evaluated by an independent review panel.

The boards will be honored Friday, Nov. 17 during the 2016 WSSDA Annual Conference in Spokane. At that time, the association will also announce 2016 Boards of the Year winners. For more information on the nominees statewide, visit

2016-17 School Board of Directors

(Left to right) Debbie LeBeau, Superintendent/Secretary of the Board; Becki Kellcy, Director District 1; Joe Vlaming, Director District 3; Dr. Marty Schafer, President, Director District 4; Carole Jacobs, Vice President, Director District 2; and Paul Wagemann, Legislative Liaison, Director District 5.