Three Finalists Named for District VII Board Director Position

At a public meeting on Wednesday, August 21, the Seattle School Board selected three finalist candidates for the District VII School Board Director position.

Brandon Hersey, Emijah Smith, and Julie van Arcken will proceed in the appointment process for the school board seat that represents Southeast Seattle. Community feedback from the first District VII Candidate Forum held August 7 at Rainier Beach High School supported the board as they made their decision.

A second public forum will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 6 p.m. at Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center. During this forum, the three finalists will be invited to answer questions from the community.

Thank you to all the candidates for their commitment to Seattle Public Schools students and families.

Please visit the School Board Director Appointment process webpage for an updated timeline and background.

More information about the appointee process, criteria, timeline and engagement opportunities can be found at

If you have questions about the School Board appointment process please email