Quincy schools board of directors earns statewide honor
The Washington State School Directors Association has named the Quincy School District Board of Directors as a Board of Distinction for the third year in a row.
Thirty-four out of the state’s 200-plus school districts applied to receive the honor, with 29 districts qualifying, including Quincy. Out of those 29, the WSSDA chooses its three boards of the year for small, mid-size and large school districts respectively.
The board of the year will be announced at the annual WSSDA convention in Spokane later this week. Last year, Quincy’s school board won Board of Distinction honors and Board of the Year for medium-size districts.
For this year’s honor, the school board’s application had to show evidence of meeting several criteria, such as ensuring that non-negotiable goals for student achievement are in place, evaluating the superintendent on clear and focused expectations, and providing for learning essentials, including a rigorous curriculum, technology and high-quality facilities, according to the WSSDA’s website, www.wssda.org.
The year 2015 was the first year of the award. In 2016, the Quincy board earned Board of Distinction honors.
Quincy superintendent of public schools John Boyd praised his district’s board for three years of plaudits in a row, calling it an exceptional group of people.
“This is a really good, hard-working board that’s doing a lot of great work to support kids,” he said. “It’s well-deserved.”
The president of the board, Chris Baumgartner, described the application process as “pretty extensive.” He praised both Boyd and assistant superintendent Nik Bergman for their efforts.
“They are very willing to take on the tasks we have given them,” Baumgartner said.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com