Edmonds School Board appoints Thom Garrard as new director

Edmonds School District Educational Services Center

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors on Tuesday appointed Thom Garrard to fill the District 4 director vacancy.

The board interviewed two candidates — Garrard and Rebecca Anderson — on Tuesday, June 4. A third candidate withdrew on Monday. The public was invited to attend in person or watch the livestream. Following the interviews and review of public input, the board deliberated in executive session.

After a little more than an hour of evaluating the qualifications of the candidates and coming to a decision, the board reconvened in an open session and voted to appoint the new Director.

Thom Garrard will be sworn in at the board’s regular business meeting on August 27, 2024. His term for this position ends in December 2025.

  1. Thank You to everyone who submitted comments of support during my effort to be appointed to the Edmonds School Board last night. I am humbled by your kind words, encouragement and help as I attempted to bring educational diversity to the board by using what I’ve learned helping my children journey through the district. This included the special needs community, DHH community as well as alternative learning environments. Believing my skills and experience as a mom and advocate for my children would have helped to improve the quality of our public education system for all students, I was willing to serve. Children are a community’s sign to the future that life, in spite of its hardship and tedium, is worthwhile. I believe your efforts are making an impact. Please continue engaging in our local community and supporting those who are willing to step out and serve.

  2. Rebecca, thanks for your thoughtful note. Your contribution would have been useful for the future of the ESD. I have volunteered at ESD for 24 years. Been engaged as a math tutor, levy team, technology class helper, presenter at the para educators conference, several levy and bond teams, the future enrollment study team and just as a citizen volunteer. During that time, it is quite clear volunteers make a major impact on policy ideas.

    Hopefully your skills and experience will be uses as a citizen volunteer.

    Thanks for offering your talents and experience to the ESD.

  3. Rebecca Anderson would have been an outstanding school board member offering a non-school employee and community perspective. That is desirable in my opinion. I appreciate her excellent answers and her willingness to go through the process. Great job!

  4. Rebecca, Thank you for your willingness to serve our kids and the school district. You truly would have been a good choice for the school board.
    A positive in this endeavor is an opportunity for the community to see behind the curtain where they rarely look. For a school district with 23,000 kids, there are rarely parents, or anyone else attending board meetings where so much happens. Where is the outrage of a continuing slide downhill in educational standards while SEL, CRT, and DEI get increasing amounts of money while the school board cries that $19,000 per student is not enough to raise the 40 percent proficiency rates typical in core subjects like math and reading comprehension. DEI & CRT teach white students to loath themselves and kids of color are lesser and need extra…that’s what’s called Equity and Diversity. A person who believed it was best to allow other people’s kids to have access to explicitly sexualized books was picked to keep the status quo of failure. Hopefully parents wake up.

  5. Such a missed opportunity from the ESB by not appointing Rebecca Anderson on Tuesday night.
    The board prides themselves in embracing
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as long as it’s from their point of view.
    Rebecca represents the perfect balance of life experience possessing a variety of first hand educational opportunities and challenges for our future generation and would have brought a more dynamic point of view.
    So much for the ESB waking their talk.
    Such a fail for the students, parents, and community of Edmonds.

  6. I applaud Rebecca for interviewing for this position! She was prepared and had a strong knowledge of the District’s Mission statement, core values, and faced challenges. I attended the meeting in person and was highly engaged with Rebecca’s responses. They came from the heart and were grounded in her own personal experience of raising a child with special needs. Talk about understanding equity!
    She could have brought a new perspective: the lived experience of a PARENT with a child in public school in this decade, rather than more of the same approach and ideas.
    The other candidate, although I acknowledge his teaching background, was lack-luster in his approach and offered canned answers, in my opinion. It’s really too bad for the kids in our community that we got more of the same.
    Also, as I waited with Rebecca for the final vote, I was surprised that Garrard had left. He did not wait for the vote, which was only about 30-40 minutes after his interview ended- I just found that odd, and a bit disappointing.

  7. Well said, Elizabeth
    You gotta wonder if the appointment was premeditated and rigged!
    Truly disappointing.
    Edmonds deserves better!

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