The Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors was named 2019 Board of the Year for large school districts by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) at its annual conference Nov. 22. The school board was also recognized as a 2019 Board of Distinction.
WSSDA honored the school board for its “powerful commitment to equity and inclusion” and for using a multi-pronged approach to “gaining a personal understanding of the needs and challenges of their students and the inequities and challenges they face daily.”
The association commended the board’s development of the Four Pillars of Student Success, which are character traits that help young people develop into active learners and strong citizens, and their work to support training in cultural competency and poverty immersion.
“All of this work has translated into impressive progress in shrinking the opportunity gaps for students who are English Language Learners (ELL), re-engaging and raising graduation rates of struggling high school students and providing extended-day programs and supports to students with parents in the military,” WSSDA stated.
Data shows that district ELL students transition out of the ELL program at a higher rate than the state average, and students who transitioned out of the program performed 10 points or more higher on the Smarter Balanced Assessment than their district peers.
During the 2018-19 school year, the district also graduated 50 students–the highest annual number to date–through its Open Doors Re-Engagement Program, which serves students who have dropped out or are struggling in the traditional high school setting.
“Our board has done a tremendous job demonstrating high levels of leadership and governance that promotes district and student performance,” said Superintendent Ron Banner. “This is a meaningful recognition that highlights the important work our school board has been doing to promote community engagement and student success.
The board has also implemented a Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) comprised of board members and district staff working alongside Lakewood community members and organizations to support Lakewood area youth and build our community by having a caring adult in the life of each child.
A Board of the Year was selected for small (1-1,000 students), medium (1,001-9,000 students) and large (over 9,000 students) school districts from among the 34 school boards that received the 2019 Boards of Distinction honor. Boards of the Year honorees were successful in using data to make board decisions that lead to positive outcomes for students.