School Board Recognized for Service in January

Graphic with photos of each school board member

The Ferndale School District will join 295 other Washington districts to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month this January. More than 1500 elected and appointed school board members throughout the state will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.

The theme of this year’s celebration, “Building the Future of Public Education,” reflects the priorities of our local board members, as they provide leadership to Ferndale schools and advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all students.

“Our board has worked hard to assure the results of education occurring in our schools are consistent with community expectations and all kids are successful. During the tenure of this board, Ferndale’s graduation rate has risen significantly. Numerous programs have been put in place to increase equity and ensure meaningful opportunities for every child to feel connected and valued. Safety and security have been substantially improved. A new high school facility will soon be under construction. And our educational delivery model has been redesigned during the past year to meet the requirements of a global pandemic. We are understandably proud of our school board,” said Superintendent Linda Quinn. “School Board Appreciation Month is the time when we can recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”

In Ferndale, school board members, who work for no pay, must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $74 million, 4200 students, 630 employees, and 13 buildings.

“Through the important work our school board members do to develop children and youth, they are helping to preserve the foundation of our democracy,” noted Superintendent Quinn.

The Ferndale School District will highlight individual board members via social media over the course of the month of January and celebrate the board as a whole at their regular business meeting on January 26, 2021. More information about the school board can be found on the district website at

The men, women, and students presently serving on the Ferndale school board are Andrew McLaurin (current president, serving since 2008), Kevin Erickson (current vice president, serving since 2010), Lee Anne Riddle (serving since 2005), Jessie Deardorff (serving since 2020), Melinda Cool (serving since 2020), Avneet Pannu (student board member, serving since 2019), and Cuong Nguyen (student member, serving since 2020).