The Washougal School District Board of Directors has been selected as a 2021 WSSDA Board of distinction by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA). WSSDA recognized the Washougal School Board for their exemplary evidence of ongoing professional development, addressing opportunity gaps, and practicing governance that aligns with state standards.

“I am very proud of the work of our board and honored to receive this recognition,” said Cory Chase, WSD Board President.  “Our efforts have been focused on work surrounding our strategic plan which was developed collaboratively with our community.  I believe the strength of this board comes from members who represent a broad range of perspectives and who are listening to our community. It is exciting to have boards across the state reaching out to learn about the important work Washougal has engaged in, after seeing the success we are achieving.”

The board will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the WSSDA 2021 Annual Conference on November 19. Board members include President Cory Chase, Vice President Angela Hancock, Legislative Representative Donna Sinclair, Jim Cooper, and Chuck Carpenter.


Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton lauded the board for their volunteer work and efforts to serve the community.  “This board has been focused on finding ways the district can serve our families and community, engaging in tough conversations to move our school district forward and see students rise.” Templeton, who serves as the secretary to the board, noted that “board members have transparently led the district through crisis after crisis, while still maintaining a focus on student achievement. Under their leadership, the district graduation rate has risen from 74% in 2016 to 88% in 2020.”

“We have made clear that we seek what is best for students, families, and staff, and have prioritized work that addresses the achievement gap, ensures equity, and provides opportunities for students to be known, nurtured, and challenged to rise,” Chase wrote in the application.  “We listen to the community, weigh important issues in public, and encourage civil participation. With multiple children and grandchildren of our own being served in our schools, we have prioritized safety, transparency, and excellence in our actions.”

Mary Templeton and Cory Chase present at WSSDA conference Nov 2019 in front of the WSSDA banner

About the WSSDA Board of Distinction Program

The Boards of Distinction program is designed to encourage boards to examine their practices as governing bodies and how their actions and decisions impact the success of students. National research on the Washington School Board Standards shows a correlation between board actions and student outcomes. Those recognized as Boards of Distinction have reviewed their decision-making and shown how that is tied to positive student outcomes.