Kathy Gillespie retires from VPS board

After eight years, Kathy Gillespie is retiring from Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors. Her last meeting as a board member will be Nov. 28. Gillespie already had a long record of educational involvement upon her initial election in 2009. Her work in Vancouver schools included volunteering, school improvement planning, parent advisory councils and development of the district’s Design II strategic plan.

The district saw many achievements during Gillespie’s board tenure. Its maintenance and operations levy was renewed three times. Voters said “yes” to a 2013 technology levy and a 2017 bond measure. VPS won three national Magna Awards from the National School Boards Association for removing barriers to learning through community school partnerships and easing the transition to school for kindergartners.

Twice the board earned recognition as the Washington State School Directors’ Association Board of the Year. It received a Special Merit Award in 2013 after five consecutive years as a Board of Distinction.

VPS will host a reception in Gillespie’s honor on Monday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. The celebration will be held at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. Everyone is welcome.