Software Authority Steve McConnell Seeks Seat on Bellevue School Board

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Software author and businessman Steve McConnell announced his candidacy for the Bellevue school board this week. He will focus on community engagement, making every student count, measuring outcomes, accountability, and transparency to ensure every student is ready to enter the workforce of the 21st century.

Software author and businessman Steve McConnell announced his candidacy for Bellevue School Board Position 1 today.

“Bellevue public schools have a history of leadership, vision, and excellence,” McConnell said. “I want to see that history updated and brought into the 21st century. My daily communications with university professors and high tech executives world-wide give me a unique understanding of the skills our students need to succeed in college and in the workplace of the future.”

McConnell says he will focus on issues of community engagement, making every student count, measuring outcomes, accountability, and transparency.

“These important issues are interlinked,” McConnell said. “Bellevue has become tremendously diverse, and no one can possibly anticipate what parents, teachers, and students are thinking without deeply engaging them. We need community engagement to fully understand what outcomes we should be working toward and to ensure we address the needs of each and every student. We need measurement of outcomes so that we can effectively hold teachers, administrators, and the school board accountable. Transparency lets the community know that we are all doing the jobs we’ve been hired to do.

“Our current school board members are committed individuals who care deeply about education. I will add up-to-the-minute knowledge of technology issues and a deep commitment to fully engaging parents, teachers, and other members of our community through town hall meetings, informal coffee sessions, blogging, and other communications. I also bring a passionate commitment to openness that has helped my company be recognized as the best small company to work for in Washington state twice, and that will benefit our school board and our schools just as much.”

McConnell said he would host a series of town hall meetings and coffee talks throughout the summer and fall. His first town hall meeting is scheduled for July 6 at the Bellevue Library from 7:00-8:30 pm. Details are on his website at http://steve4schools.org.

McConnell has lived and worked in Bellevue for 25 years. His company, Construx Software, has operated in Bellevue for the past 15 years. Construx provides professional-level education in software best practices to thousands of working professionals world-wide. McConnell is best known as the author of several best-selling software development books, including Code Complete, which is often cited as the most popular software development book of all time. McConnell has been an active volunteer in professional circles, including stints as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, a leading professional journal, and Chair of the IEEE’s Professional Activities Board, which works on university curriculum development, professional certification, and related issues. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named McConnell one of the three most influential figures in the software industry, along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds (inventor of the Linux operating system).

Why is McConnell running for school board? “I have been blessed to live and work in Bellevue for the past 25 years, and service on the Bellevue School Board is a way to give back to the community that has been so good to me. We spend almost $200 million per year on Bellevue’s public schools, and my experience can help our district ensure that every single student has the modern skills they need to succeed in college, if they choose to go to college, and as a member of the modern workforce.”

McConnell and his wife Ashlie live in west Bellevue with their two school-age children.

McConnell’s campaign website is at: http://steve4schools.org.

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