FWPS School Board Recognized as Board of Distinction


    In 2019, for the fourth year in a row the Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) Board of Directors has been chosen as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). This year, FWPS is one of 34 school districts who received the award. There are 295 school boards across Washington state that may choose to apply for the distinction.

    FWPS Board President Geoffery McAnalloy said, “Being awarded the Board of Distinction for the 4th year in a row is a testament to the hard work and ongoing focus of the board and superintendent team. It’s also a reflection of our belief in, and the dedication to all 23,000 scholars in the district. We are proud to serve as school board directors for Federal Way Public Schools.”

    “The school board is wholly focused on the improvement of student learning. This recognition is an indication of that focus, and the metrics we continuously use to achieve our goals within our strategic plan,” said Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent.

    National research shows a correlation between highly successful school board actions and positive student outcomes. Those selected as Boards of Distinction are required to show a clear link between their leadership and closing gaps that impact student success.

    FWPS’ board of distinction application provided evidence and examples of how they positively impacted student success in multiple areas including:

    • endorsing a robust strategic plan grounded in equity and closing gaps.
    • ensuring accountability for results through ongoing reporting of Ends policies.
    • adopting research-based policies supporting student achievement and continuous improvement.

    The Board of Distinction application is a rigorous process that provides evidence of the board of directors’ work in partnership with the superintendent. Applicants are required to submit essays and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are achieving goals. The applications were evaluated by a panel of 10 judges from across the state including former and current Educational Service District superintendents, State Board of Education board members, former school directors and other statewide educational leaders.

    “We’re extremely fortunate and grateful that experienced leaders from among our educational partners give us the benefit of their time and experience to make this program a success,” said Tim Garchow, WSSDA executive director.