The Bellevue School District and School Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Sima Sarrafan to the position of School Board Director for District 1.

Ms. Sarrafan is a graduate of Bellevue schools, having attended Stevenson and Bennett elementary schools, Odle Middle School and Interlake High School. She is also a parent of two Bellevue students – one attending Interlake High School and the other at Bellevue High School.

In an interview with the Bellevue Reporter, Ms. Sarrafan stated, “I’d like to ensure Bellevue School District continues its tradition of academic excellence and success and that all students, regardless of their needs, meet their full potential. I’d also like to see more students have greater exposure to and proficiency in coding and be prepared to adapt and contribute to an ever-changing world.”

The board was pleased to have four qualified candidates and complimented all applicants on their thoughtfulness and commitment, as demonstrated by their participation in the application process. Ultimately, Ms. Sarrafan was chosen as the appointee for the vacancy.

Residents of Bellevue School Board of Directors District 1 submitted applications to fill the vacancy left on the board after Steve McConnell announced his resignation in November 2017.

Sitting Board Directors interviewed applicants on the evening of Jan. 17 asking each one questions to highlight their vision for the district; their willingness to collaborate with other board members, district staff, and the greater Bellevue School District community; their openness to continuously learn about the district; their open-mindedness to new viewpoints and new ways of thinking about educational programs; and their focus on ensuring that each and every Bellevue student is given the supports necessary to succeed in college, career, and life.

“We were truly impressed with all the candidates and feel fortunate to live in a community with so many dedicated and engaged citizens,” Board President My-Linh Thai said. “My fellow directors and myself felt that to select just one of the candidates was among the most difficult decisions we have made during our tenures on the board.”

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.