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Sunnyside School Board Receives Statewide Award

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SUNNYSIDE, WA - The Sunnyside School District Board of Directors is being recognized with a statewide honor. 

For the fourth year in a row, the Washington State School Directors' Association will honor the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors as a Board of Distinction. 

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 WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement. 

"This is further evidence of our school board's commitment to effective leadership and continual improvement of their governance," said Dr. Richard D. Cole, superintendent of the Sunnyside School District. "We are fortunate to have a board of directors who are strong advocates for the work that is making a difference in our schools." 

The Sunnyside School District Board of Directors is comprised of five elected representatives from within the school district boundaries. Sunnyside board directors honored are: Rocky Simmons, Michelle Perry, Sandra Linde, Dylan Gardner, Lorenzo Garza, Jr. 

"It's an honor to be recognized again by the WSSDA leadership group. Our school board strives to bring the best to our community. Adhering to the high standards develop by WSSDA have to helped us stay on track for kids and makes our work more deliberate and focused," said Rocky Simmons, school board president. 

Sunnyside is one of 15 school boards across the state to receive the award, along with Anacortes, Auburn, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Port Angeles, Pullman, South Kitsap, Tumwater, University Place and Vancouver. 

"Each of these boards has excelled in school governance," said Debbie Long, President of the association. "The boards had to rigorously document how their work was making a real difference for students. They are exceptional models of effective school boards." 

WSSDA also honored the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors as a School Board of the Year in 2008.