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    Carrying on the Legacy of Director Betty Patu
    Posted on 07/01/2019
    Director Patu

    It is with mixed feelings that we announce recent retirement of School Board Director Betty Patu. 

    Director Patu served 10 years as the District VII (7) School Board director and is the longest serving director of the current board. Prior to running for office in 2009, Ms. Patu spent over 20 years serving students of Rainier Beach High School, where she created and managed a very successful youth program, focusing on meeting students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. Her children and extended family are now proudly carrying on Ms. Patu’s legacy at our school and community.

    Director Patu's dedication and commitment to her district and all of Seattle Public Schools has been unwavering, and always will be. She has served with passion, and her commitment to students has positively influenced the culture of the board, district, and the entire community. As a true example of what public service is all about, Ms. Patu continues to be a blessing and inspiration to many.

    “My husband Paul Patu and my brother Reverend Tony Talaga, both stood firmly by my side, from the time I was elected to the School Board until their passing,” said Director Patu.  "Their spirit will continue to stand with me as I serve my community in a new capacity. I am so proud of my children, the Patu Warriors, for continuing our legacy to serve the Southeast community wholeheartedly. They will continue to advocate and represent our community with strength and passion. I know I leave our students and families in good hands. My retirement plans include a lot of rest and relaxation and enjoying my grandchildren.”

    Please refer to the School Board webpage for information about the future of Director Patu's Board position.