Walla Walla Public Schools’ Board of Directors has been selected to receive a WSSDA Board of Distinction award for the second consecutive year. Board members will be recognized at the Annual Conference in Bellevue Friday, November 22. The Boards of Distinction program is designed to encourage boards to examine their practices as governing bodies and how their actions and decisions impact the success of students. National research on the Washington State School Board Standards shows a correlation between board actions and student outcomes. Those recognized as Boards of Distinction have reviewed their decision-making and shown how that is tied to positive student outcomes.
Walla Walla Public Schools’ Board of Directors highlights linked to the award include passing the largest bond is district history. Also, the school board’s professional development and efforts to remove barriers to participation by eliminating fees and partnering with the United Way for the Adopt a Blue Devil program were recognized. The decision to align school hours, growth in the Dual Language program prompting improved academic achievement for second language learners and the Strategic Plan’s focus on improved graduation rates and ACT scores were also key to the award.