Voters should elect Lauren McGuire for Seattle School Board District 3.
LIKE the rest of the city, Seattle Public Schools is facing significant growth pressures and, in the case of the district, performance issues. It needs board members ready to rise to the challenge. We recommend Lauren McGuire to represent District 3.
McGuire demonstrates a deep understanding of issues, such as rapidly growing enrollment, inequitable funding for schools, governance and board accountability. She possesses the leadership skills to advocate for change.
A mother of two, McGuire has been active on Parent Teacher Student Associations at Bryant Elementary School and Jane Addams Middle Schooland served as president of the Seattle Council of Parent, Teacher and Student Associations. Her volunteer work extends to various committees, such as the Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee, Special Education Task Force and School Board Leaders for the Future.
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Seattle School Board District 3
Strengths: Deep understanding of issues; analytical and organizational skills; existing relationships with board members
McGuire demonstrates a deep understanding of issues, such as rapidly growing enrollment, inequitable funding for schools, governance and board accountability. She possesses the leadership skills to advocate for change. ..."
Besides experience, she also brings analytical and organizational skills. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematical methods and a master’s in communications. She has professional experience in human resources consulting and change management.
As a board director, McGuire plans to steer away from micromanaging the superintendent and staff, and will instead focus on responding to parents’ concerns and working cohesively with fellow board directors on policy.
McGuire has been endorsed by the outgoing District 3 board member Harium Martin-Morris and current board members Sherry Carr and Sharon Peaslee. Having existing relationships with board members and with school district staff should be an asset as long as she prioritizes what is best for students, not her alliances or the teachers union.