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Election Forum: Seattle School District
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Election Forum: Seattle School District
The Seattle School District is holding a special election on February 8. You will be voting on two special levies: an operating levy and a capital levy.
At this election forum, speakers from Seattle School District will provide information, and we will hear from an opponent and a proponent.
This forum is sponsored by the Election Forums Committee at Horizon House and LWVSKC's First Hill Unit.
The event will be live streamed on YouTube at
JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance, SPS
In 2016 JoLynn was named the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance for Seattle Public Schools, which has 105 schools and 54,000 students.
Her work experience includes several years of audit experience with the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO), and experience as a comptroller with a local governmental entity. As the School Specialist for SAO, JoLynn developed and oversaw all school audits. She also worked for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and was named the Chief Financial Officer for OSPI where her responsibilities included managing fiscal operations and policy for $9 billion annually, as well as overseeing all legislative activities.
Carlos Del Valle, Executive Director Department of Technology, SPS
Senior Technology leader responsible for planning, direction, and consulting in all lifecycle activities related to the strategic, tactical, and operational management of Seattle Public Schools technology services. These services include all enterprise, instructional, and business intelligence and productivity applications, data management and information access, Data Center Operations, infrastructure, customer service, end-user support, and cybersecurity.
Becky Asencio, Capital Projects Planning Manager
The Capital Planning team is responsible for planning the capital levies for the school district as well as developing long range plans for the district’s buildings; tracking building, site, and system conditions; and planning for enrollment capacity and program space needs. Prior to working at Seattle Public Schools Becky was the Resource Conservation Engineer for Central Kitsap School District.
Executive Director of
Melissa Pailthorp is a (nearly) life-long resident of Seattle, who remembers as a student, when levies failed not once, but twice in 1975 - and the consequences that followed. That and a long-time commitment to quality, equitable public education compels her to engage civically, as a younger adult serving on the board of Powerful Schools, later on school PTSA and Building Leadership Teams, and now serving as a volunteer member of the leadership of Schools First, the citizen-led campaign to get out the vote in support of Seattle Public Schools levies. She and her three daughters attended Seattle Public Schools.
Melissa’s day job is Executive Director of
, an organization that works to close education opportunity gaps through a unique cross-age, one-on-one tutoring program after school and during the summer that recruits, trains and pays teens to tutor younger peers in reading.
Photo and bio to come.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 2:30 PM until 4:00 PM
Watch live on YouTube.
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only