Submitted by Tumwater School District
On April 22, 2021, the Tumwater School District Board of Directors interviewed for the vacant Director District #1 position. After thoughtful deliberations, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Laurie Sale. Board President Melissa Beard shares, “We are excited for Laurie to join our team! When the Board met with her to consider her application, Laurie shared how welcomed she felt when her family moved to our district. Her perspective will be valuable to ensure all families feel welcomed in Tumwater and throughout their years in our school community. We look forward to her contributions as we work together to support Tumwater students and families.”
Laurie is the proud parent of three children, two currently attending at Black Hills High School. Laurie shares, “In considering my personal statement as to why I wish to be appointed, two words repeatedly came to mind; passion and service.” Over the years, Laurie has spent countless hours volunteering time with PTOs, PTAs, and Booster Clubs. Her passion and commitment to volunteer work continues as she has represented schools at district parent leader meetings and lobbied the Washington State Legislature to better fund our school districts. Most recently, she and her son (a senior at BHHS), founded the local non-profit Helping Schools 360. She commits that as a Director, her efforts will center on advocating for all children in the community as all children are equally important, valued, and deserve the chance for an excellent public school education. Laurie graduated from the Ohio State University and at the age of 21 became the youngest Chief of Staff in the Ohio state Senate. She shares her favorite quote, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston S. Churchill
We look forward to formally welcoming Laurie Sale to the Tumwater School District Director District #1 position at the May 13th school board meeting when she will take the oath of office.