Dorsey elected school board president after Curry votes against himself

Lottery winner Tyrone Curry Sr. could have been a winner again.

But this time he blocked himself.

Curry was the deciding vote Jan. 9 in electing Bernie Dorsey as the Highline School Board’s new president.

Along with Michael Spear and Dorsey, Curry voted for Dorsey. Outgoing president Angelica Alvarez and board member Susan Goding voted against.

Before the vote on Dorsey, Curry was nominated for president but he voted against himself along with Dorsey and Spear. Alvarez and Goding voted for Curry.

This is Dorsey’s second go-around as president. He was first elected to the board in Nov. 2007. His board term expires in Dec. 2015.

Michael D. Spear was elected vice president over Alvarez. Curry, Dorsey and Spear voted for Spear. Spear was also first elected in Nov. 2007 and his term will also expire in Dec. 2015.

Curry is the newest member of the school board, having first been elected in Nov. 2011. In 2006, he won $3.4 million in the state Quinto lottery. He continued to work three jobs, including as a janitor and track coach at the Evergreen High campus in White Center.

He also donated $40,000 for the new Evergreen track. Curry was also named one of the 100 History Makers in the Making by theGrio.com.

In reading a proclamation recognizing National School Directors Week, Superintendent Susan Enfield said her first dinner with the Highline board members was one of the pivotal moments in her decision to come to Highline. She had also been considered for permanent superintendent positions in Seattle and Bellevue.

“After the dinner, I called my husband and said these are the people I want to work with,” Enfield said.

The other pivotal moment was her meeting with Health Sciences and Health Sciences High School students on the Evergreen campus, she said.