Byrnes honored by State Rep. Pearson
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:28 PM
ARLINGTON State Rep. Kirk Pearson paid a surprise visit to the April 28 Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, to pay tribute to outgoing Arlington School District Superintendent Linda Byrnes.
I want to thank you for making me a better legislator, Pearson said. Youve been a real friend, and youve helped educate me, even when I havent voted the way you might have liked.
Pearson presented Byrnes with a copy of House Resolution No. 4706, passed by the state House of Representatives March 8, honoring Byrnes for her career in education and history of community service.
Arlington is a great town for keeping secrets, Pearson laughed, noting the fact that news of the House Resolutions passage had not yet made its way to Byrnes.
HR 4706 listed Byrnes accomplishments, including her 12 years as ASD superintendent, her selection as the 2008 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators, and her years as assistant superintendent of the Highline School District and a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Lakewood School District.
HR 4706 went on to cite Byrnes as a key figure in the passage of the ASDs first capital bond measure in decades in 2000, and credited her leadership with enabling the school district to make nearly $100 million in improvements from a $54 million bond measure.
The House Resolution further praised Byrnes vision and determination for making possible the construction of the performing arts center at Arlington High School that bears her name.
The House Resolution also mentioned her service on the board of directors of the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club, the Snohomish County United Way, the Stillaguamish Senior Center and the Arlington Rotary Club, the latter of which awarded her the 2005 Service Award for Professional Excellence.
Linda is a real jewel, Pearson said. I hope shell still call me with her concerns.