Superintendent's Message

Fall 2014

Dear Shoreline Schools Community,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I am very grateful to have been selected to serve as Shoreline’s superintendent and to work in a place where schools and community partner to bring educational opportunities to students.

The commitment that the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities demonstrate toward our students and their education is remarkable and I am honored to be a part of that partnership.

As I begin my work with the staff, students, families and community in the District, I have crafted an entry plan titled “Hitting the Ground Listening and Learning.” The plan is available on the District’s website at

Between now and Dec. 31, I will be actively seeking multiple perspectives on the District. I will be attending and hosting events throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park to gather input on the following questions:

  • What should I know about Shoreline Public Schools and the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities?
  • What should be preserved in the Shoreline Public Schools?
  • What are the key issues facing our school system which need attention?
  • How can I be most helpful in my role as superintendent?
  • I hope that you will attend one of the events to share your perspectives. I welcome your input and value all information that I receive. Additionally, if you have thoughts on events that I can attend, please call my office at 206-393-4203 to share that information. I am enjoying being an active part of our community and plan to continue to do so in the future.

    During January and February, I will study the information received during my opportunities to listen and learn and will synthesize it into themes which I will present to the School Board during the early spring of 2015.

    Thank you to all who have welcomed my husband Timothy Buckley and me during our first two months here. As we move into the home we have purchased in Shoreline, we are thankful to be a part of such a vibrant community that cares so much about its schools. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months!

    In her final Flagship letter last spring, retiring superintendent Sue Walker referenced the “culture that is Shoreline.” That culture, of high expectations fostered with high support, has been evident to me in my initial work in the District. I hope all of you will join us on Saturday, Sept. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. for a dedication and community open house for the new Shorecrest and celebrate the accomplishment of having two 21st century high schools for our students.

    Rebecca Miner