School board honored as a school board of distinction for 4th consecutive year

FRANKLIN PIERCE — The Franklin Pierce School District Board of Directors — Cole Roberts (Chair), John Harstad (Vice Chair), Doug Carlson, Mary Sherman and Mark Baumgarten — has been recognized as a 2013 Washington State School Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Board Directors’ Association. This is the fourth consecutive year that Franklin Pierce School District has received the honor. Only 15 of the state’s 295 school districts were recognized as a School Board of Distinction for 2013.

WSSDA’s Boards of Distinction awards program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district performance.

Award applicants are required to submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the new standards into practice. This year, applicants were asked to address the following benchmarks (one from each of the five standards).

– Adopting policies based on well-researched practices that emphasize a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

– Ensuring non-negotiable goals for student achievement are established and aligned to the district’s plan.

– Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for an efficient and effective learning environment.

– Committing to continuous improvement in student achievement at each school and throughout the district.

– Soliciting input from staff and a wide spectrum of the community so that a diverse range of interests and perspectives on issues is considered.

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