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Christine Kipp Issaquah School Board

The Issaquah School Board was one of 17 school boards in Washington recently named as Boards of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The Issaquah board — Marnie Maraldo, Lisa Callan, Brian Deagle, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver — received the honor along with boards from Bellingham, Clover Park, Everett, Ferndale, Kent, Lake Stevens, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Riverview, Sunnyside, Tacoma, Tumwater, Union Gap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).

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 the association in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement, and help close the opportunity gap.

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

1. Promoting healthy relationships by inspiring and empowering others.

2. Setting and communicating high expectations for student learning, with clear goals and plans.

3. Creating conditions for student and staff success.

4. Holding schools and the district accountable for student learning expectations.

5. Engaging the local community, and representing the values and expectations it holds for schools.

An independent review panel evaluates applications.

The boards will be honored this week during the 2014 WSSDA Annual Conference in Spokane.

This article originally appeared on SammamishReview.com.