And with one last act calling to order the May 14 School Board meeting, board president Janet Frohnmayer was done.
The Mercer Island School District board of directors bid farewell to Frohnmayer before swearing in new board member Ralph Jorgenson Thursday, May 14 at the board’s regular meeting in City Council chambers. Board members shared their appreciation for the outgoing president, offering flowers, well-wishes and gifts.
“You were board the president at a time when we were in a very difficult place,” Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano said. “The community was divided, the board was divided and you helped lead this board to a unanimous decision. It was through that highly relational part of who you are, caring about what others think, trying to find middle ground, looking for consensus, trying to build on others ideas, that allowed the board to create a deep harmony and deep understanding that we have to be united in front of the community that we’re asking to raise nearly $100 million.”
Frohnmayer called her tenure on the board “the best professional experience I’ve ever had.”
“I feel so proud of the work we’ve done together,” she said. “We’ve had hard times like our bond issue… but we’ve accomplished so much. Look at our district, look at what’s happening in teaching and learning around the district. Look at what happens every time teachers come before us and talk about the fundamentals and what they’re doing in their classrooms and bring students to tell us what they’re doing. It’s really remarkable.”
Plano then led the newly-appointed Jorgenson through the oath of office for board director position no. 5. After swearing in, Jorgenson praised Frohnmayer for her devotion and passion for schools.
“The board said it best, but our community is truly indebted to her for her years of service and leadership,” he said. “I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve and look forward to contributing in the best ways that I can. It’s truly a privilege and an honor to contribute to our terrific schools.”