Dear Representatives Santos and Pettigrew:

I am a resident of the 37th District and am opposed to the highlighted part of HB1497 shown below:

…any first class school district having within its boundaries a city with a population of four hundred thousand people or more ((which)) shall have a board of directors of seven members, five of whom are elected and two of whom are appointed by the mayor of that city. A vacancy by an appointed member under this subsection shall be appointed by the mayor for the unexpired term.

In the last few years we have just begun to build a Board that serves to advocate for the constituents they represent.  Your proposal to have the Mayor appoint two Board members will send us backwards.  All Board members should continue to be voted on by the people in their respective districts, as this is the only way to assure their respective communities’ needs are addressed.

We’d love to meet and have further discussions on this proposed bill change.

Rita Green, MBA.
Education Chair Seattle King County NAACP