January is School Board Appreciation Month in Washington state and a time to express sincere gratitude to these five dedicated volunteer public officials.
Mr. Derek Sarley, Board President and member since 2015
Mrs. Ruth Ladderud, Board Vice President and member since 2012
Mr. Eric Rindal, Board member since 2019
Mrs. Terri Trick, Board member since 2018
Mr. Sam Wells, Board member since 2014
“School board members maintain a tremendous responsibility,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “As publically-elected officials they volunteer countless hours to ensure all students of Walla Walla Public Schools graduate with the skills and abilities to lead successful adult lives.”
Walla Walla school board members spend considerable time crafting policies, adopting curriculum, participating in ongoing professional development, ensuring financial accountability, and preserving the historic investment in our school facilities.
“Once a year is far too infrequent to recognize and honor the dedication, hard work, and selfless commitment of our school board members,” said Dr. Smith. “However, I would ask that you please take a moment this month to thank those who currently serve and those who have served before them. The future success of our students, Walla Walla community, and democracy depends on the continued leadership and guidance from our devoted and representative school board.”