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School Board member Lynn Desmarais to step down at the end of the year

Lynn Desmarais May 1, 2019 — Long-time education advocate and Renton School Board member Lynn Desmarais has announced she will leave her position as Renton School Board Director District 3 at the end of her current term in December.


Director Desmarais has served as a Renton School Board member for 18 years, being first elected in 2001. She moved to Renton in 1981; and her children attended Renton Park Elementary School, Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High.


Along with her nearly two decades of service as a Board member, Lynn also served in many other capacities to help improve education in Renton Schools:

  • Renton Park Elementary PTA President
  • Nelsen Middle School PTA President
  • Lindbergh High School PTA President
  • President, PTSA Council,
  • Chair of districtwide Reflections art contest
  • Chair of PTA Council’s Founders Day celebration dinner/fundraiser
  • Board member, Communities in Schools Renton
  • Board member, Friends of Renton Schools
  • Chair scholarship committees,

Lynn also served on countless committees to review district enrollment and boundaries, and on citizen-led groups to help inform voters of district levy and bond elections.


“I will always be grateful for the trust placed in me by the community to serve in this important role,” said Director Desmarais, “but after 18 years it is time for someone else to have the opportunity.” 

“It has been a privilege to serve with so many other like-minded and dedicated school board directors here in Renton and across the state.  And it likewise has been an honor to experience, firsthand, the outstanding educational leadership that has been the trademark of the Renton School District for many decades.


Director Desmarais expressed confidence in the district’s progress moving forward: “A lot has changed since I was first elected in 2001, but the one constant is the desire of every school district employee to do their best to provide every student in our schools with a quality education and a lifelong love of learning – that was my experience as a parent and as a school board director. I am confident that the district is in the most capable of hands with our new superintendent, Dr. Damien Pattenaude, and my fellow directors, Pam Teal, Gloria Hodge, Avanti Bergquist and Alisa Louie. Each of us brings a deep interest in education and broad experience in serving the community to our work, which is what has made my time on the board such a pleasure. Thank you again for the opportunity and the adventure.”