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We are a team of six. Plain and simple. We are a five-member school board working hand-in-hand with our new superintendent. We support and hold each other accountable for the same shared vision, we respect each other’s roles, and we are humbled by the joy and challenge in overseeing one of the most unique school districts in the nation.

  • Monday, November 18, 2013 2:54pm
  • Opinion

If you have visited the administration building or a school-board meeting recently, you know that things certainly look and feel a lot different! Over the past several years, turnover and challenges with administrative leadership often caused relationships, trust, and communication to wear thin. It may not be perfect now, but we are getting much closer. As the school board president and the superintendent, we think it’s important for the entire community to know that we are working closely together.

We are a team of six. Plain and simple. We are a five-member school board working hand-in-hand with our new superintendent. We support and hold each other accountable for the same shared vision, we respect each other’s roles, and we are humbled by the joy and challenge in overseeing one of the most unique school districts in the nation.

A school board’s most critical work is representing the community to ensure public schools fulfill local values and expectations for educating children. The board also makes certain that the district acts legally and exercises fiscal responsibility with its public tax dollars. Board members do this by establishing learning goals for students and policies for operations, and then continuously dialoguing with the superintendent to ascertain progress and compliance.

A superintendent’s most critical role is implementing a strategic plan to achieve the school board’s mission and goals. In essence, the superintendent is the chief educator, someone so skilled at teaching and learning she can lead the organization to higher and higher levels of student success.

Our roles are separate, but deeply entwined, and to move forward without complete transparency would be like playing basketball blindfolded. It’s a new era in the Tukwila School District, and we

 

hope you not only feel the difference but experience it as well. Your district leaders are modeling an open-door, collaborative, congenial model, and we welcome your participation at all levels.

After all, we are all on the same team, in service to children.

Sincerely,

Mark Wahlstrom,

School Board president

Dr. Nancy Coogan,

superintendent

Tukwila School District Superintendent Nancy Coogan can be reached via email at coogann@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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