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    Learn more about the District 7 School Board Director Candidates
    Posted on 07/05/2019
    A partial map of District 7 with text "District VII School Board Director Appointment"

    On August 28, the Seattle School Board will appoint a school board director for District VII (7) representing schools and students in Southeast Seattle. View a district 7 map.PDF icon

    The District VII board seat has been vacated by Director Betty Patu, a two and half-term board director and community leader of Southeast Seattle. Read more about the retirement of Director Patu.

    Seattle Public Schools, the largest district in the state, serves 53,000 diverse students. The district has 102 schools and an operating budget of nearly $1.5 billion. The seven-person Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors governs the district and plays a critical role in the education of our students and stewardship of public investment.

    Meet the District VII School Board Candidates

    In June, members of our community were invited to apply to become a candidate for the seat. Candidate are required to reside within the boundaries of District VII, be U.S. citizens, and registered to vote. You can read more about the appointment criteria and process timeline on the District VII Candidate webpage.


    Candidate Forum August 7 at Rainier Beach High School

    You can learn more about the candidates on August 7, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Public Candidate District VII Forum at Rainier Beach High School school library. All candidates will have the opportunity to share why they are interested in serving on the Seattle School Board. Questions from community will depend upon the number of candidates.

    For those that can’t attend in person, the forum will be filmed and distributed through channel 26 and YouTube. A Facebook Live event will run for the duration of the event. Translation supports will be provided in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, and Vietnamese as well as American Sign Language. If there are additional translation needs, please call Translation and Interpretation Services at: 206-252-0070 or

    About the Appointment Process

    When a board seat vacancy occurs outside the regular election cycle, the current board appoints a candidate to finish that term. It is the intent of the School Board to engage in a transparent process, with community assistance to solicit candidates and gather feedback from families, students, partners, and staff.

    More information about the appointment process, criteria, timeline, and engagement opportunities can be found on the School Board director appointment webpage.

    If you have questions about the School Board appointment process please email