Following the March 20 school board meeting, Bellevue community members, students, parents and staff joined together to address important topics such as racial equity, mental health, student voice, start times, and the length of lunch periods.  The group of more than 50 people, converged at the school board’s third community forum.

Participants sat in small table groups to discuss what is working well in the district and opportunities for growth.  Board directors facilitated the conversations, with district staff support.  To conclude the discussions, each group shared key topics that arose in their discussions.  The forum was intended to be a dialogue between board directors and community members on how we can create a school district that ensures each and every student is prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.

This was the inaugural year for school board community forums.

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank everyone who came out and participated in one or more of our community forum events,” said Board President My-Linh Thai.  “We truly value hearing from our community and see these events as the start of an ongoing dialogue with you. We look forward to working with you to continue to incorporate your voice into our work.”

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.