Olympia School Board appoints Talauna Reed to serve remainder of unexpired term


UPDATED Saturday, October 22, 2022 -- The Olympia School Board has selected Talauna Reed to fill the unexpired term of former school board director Justin McKaughan, who resigned in August.

The school board took this action at approximately 9:45 p.m., some three hours into its public meeting on Thursday, October 13. Following deliberations during a closed executive session, the board voted to appoint Reed. 

The activity of the board are shown starting at 2:27:06 of this recording of the meeting. 

Reed ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Olympia City Council in 2021, garnering 40.45% of the vote.

The school district’s announcement of Reed’s appointment states “Reed is the Lead Outreach and Advocacy Navigator at Interfaith Works where she works with unhoused community members. In that capacity, Reed facilitates training in Cultural Diversity, de-escalation, restorative justice models, anti-racism and trauma-informed care across multiple organizations and in collaboration with other Thurston County providers. She facilitates meetings in the community where she educates audiences with tools for dismantling white supremacy in order to create a more equitable society.”

CORRECTION:  The earlier version of this story stated that "the board took the action during a closed executive session."  


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  • Theolympians

    This woman should have nothing to do with guiding our children’s education. She is a repeat criminal and stands behind her statements of “f&ck the police”. I am appalled that this is the best our city could come up with. It’s embarrassing at best. Did anyone with authority do any sort of background check? Public records show a repugnant history.

    Thursday, October 27, 2022 Report this

  • Joehardy

    What does this appointment say about the rest of the school board members? Do we really need more warriors for social justice to decide what is best for our kids? How about STEM and math and English? Divisive identity politics will not help any child succeed in life. She has no business being around my kids.

    Friday, October 28, 2022 Report this