At its June 25 meeting, Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors accepted Director Michelle Giovannozzi’s resignation, which will become effective on July 31, 2019.
Giovannozzi cited her relocation outside of the district as the reason for her departure from the board. Directors must live within VPS’ boundaries to serve.
Giovannozzi’s time on the board includes many successes. Graduation rates rose to an all-time high of 85%. Every school in the district is being rebuilt or upgraded through a $458 million bond measure. Through levy funding, students continue to have access to individual technology tools that teach skills required for success in college and the workforce.
Prior to her election to VPS’ board of directors in 2015, Giovannozzi served on the board of the Foundation for VPS for six years. She also served on the board of Leadership Clark County.
Giovannozzi has more than 25 years of experience in adult education and professional development and currently leads Portland State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Education.
Said Board President Rosemary Fryer, “Michelle has shown a deep and steadfast commitment to the children and youth of the Vancouver community. Her professionalism as a board officer and director and her genuine care and concern for the academic success and social-emotional well-being of our students have been true assets.”
“It has been my honor and pleasure to work with you, the other board directors, and the leadership and staff of Vancouver Public Schools,” said Giovannozzi. “During my four years on the board, we have achieved great progress in providing innovative learning environments that engage and empower each student to develop the knowledge and essential skills to become competent, responsible and compassionate citizens.”
Per the district’s policy and state law, the board will fill the vacant position. Application materials will be available in early August.