Lake Washington School District (LWSD) recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for students to meet with and learn from community members. There are three different mentoring opportunities available to correspond with mentor interests and availability.



    Board Committee Principles

    Policy type: Governance Process
    Policy code: GP-5

    Board committees, when used, will be used to support the work of the Board as described in Policy GP-3, to reinforce the wholeness of the Board’s job, and never to interfere with delegation of authority from the Board to the CEO.


      1. Board committees are to assist the Board to do its job, not to direct or advise the staff. Committees ordinarily will assist the Board by preparing policy alternatives, implications or recommendations for Board consideration. Consistent with the Board’s broader focus, Board committees will not have authority over staff.
      2. Board committees may not speak or act for the Board except when formally given such authority for specific and time-limited purposes. Committee expectations and authority will be stated carefully by the Board in policy to assure that committee authority will not conflict with authority delegated to the CEO.
      3. Board committees may not exercise authority over the CEO or staff. Because the CEO works for the full Board, any direction to the CEO related to a committee recommendation will come from the full Board.
      4. A Board committee that has helped the Board create policy will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same activity.
      5. This policy applies only to committees that are formed by Board action, whether or not the committees include Board members. It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the CEO.
      6. All Board committee meetings are open to the public.
      7. A committee is a Board committee only if its existence and charge comes from the Board and its work is intended to support the Board's work, whether or not Board members serve on the committee. The only Board committees are those listed in this policy. Unless otherwise indicated, a committee ceases to exist as soon as its task is complete.



    Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

    Formal portraits of the LWSD School Board members

    Governance Culture

    Formal portraits of the Lake Washington School District Board membersThese policies define how the Board will operate internally and govern itself to add value to the district. These policies address the Board’s own culture, how it will conduct business, and how members will conduct themselves and interact with each other.

    Board CEO Relationship

    District superintendent and two board members during board meetingThese policies describe the delegation of authority by the Board to its CEO and clarify the relationship between the two. Organizational performance is considered identical to CEO performance.

    Executive Limitations

    Superintendent reads to a group of elementary school studentsThese policies state the limitations imposed by the Board on the strategies and methods the superintendent and his or her staff may use, as they work to achieve the specified outcomes identified in the Ends Policies. The executive limitations establish the boundaries and operating expectations for staff.

    End Results

    Juanita High School graduates after their graduation ceremonyThese policies define the end results desired for our students and what they are expected to know and be able to do as a result of their educational experience. Ends Results policies are based on the Lake Washington School District Mission, Vision, Student Profile and Guiding Principles.