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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    Board Job Description

    Policy type: Governance Culture
    Policy code: GC-3


    The Board’s job is to represent, lead and serve the community and to govern the district by establishing expectations for district results, expectations for quality operational performance, and monitoring actual performance against those expectations. 

    The Board will:

    3.1    Ensure that the Results are the dominant focus of district performance.

    3.2    Advocate for the district and the students it serves.

    3.3    Initiate and maintain constructive two-way dialogue with students, parents/guardians, the community, and other important stakeholder groups as a means to engage them in the work of the Board and the district.

    3.4    Develop written governing policies that address:

    a.    Results:  The intended outcomes for the students served by the district;

    b.    Operational Expectations:  Statements of the Board’s values about operational matters delegated to the Superintendent, including both actions to be accomplished and those prohibited;

    c.    Governance Culture:  Definition of the Board’s own work, the processes it will employ and conditions within which it will accomplish that work;

    d.    Board/Superintendent Relationship:  The role relationship of the Superintendent and the Board, including the specified authority of the Superintendent and the process for monitoring district and Superintendent performance.

    3.5    Ensure acceptable Superintendent performance through effective monitoring of Results and Operational Expectations policies.

    3.6    Ensure acceptable Board performance through effective evaluation of Board actions and processes.

    3.7    Serve as the independent conscience for the organization by reflecting community values and protecting against bureaucratic indifference through communication and counsel with the Superintendent.

    3.8    Serve as final district-level decision-maker for appeals that are brought to the Board under state or federal law, contract or established district procedure.

    3.9    Assure that the findings of annual independent external financial audits are presented directly to the Board.

    3.10    Perform other duties required by law or not otherwise delegated to the Superintendent.

    Adopted:
    07/07/03

    Revised:
    05/04/09
    09/13/10
    05/21/12
    06/24/19 / Governance Process (GP) Policies changed to Governance Culture (GC)

    Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

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