Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

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An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.



    Officers' Role

    Policy type: Governance Culture
    Policy code: GC-4

    The officers of the Board are those listed in this policy. Their duties are those assigned by this policy, and others required by law.


    The President provides leadership to the Board, ensures the faithful execution of the Board’s processes, exercises interpretive responsibilities with integrity, reflecting the spirit and intent of the Board’s policies, and normally serves as the Board’s official spokesperson.  

    The President has the following specific authority and duties:

    4.1    Monitor Board actions and behavior to assure that they are consistent with the Board’s own rules and policies and with other obligations imposed by agencies whose authority supersedes the Board’s own authority;

    a.    Conduct and monitor Board meeting deliberations to assure that Board discussion and action are focused on Board issues, as defined in Board policy (see GC-3, Board Job Description);

    b.    Assure that Board meeting discussions are productive, efficient and orderly, but also fair, open and thorough; 

    c.    Chair Board meetings using the authority normally vested in the chair as described in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised;

    d.    Lead timely Board meeting debriefings and periodic self-assessments to ensure continuous process improvement.

    4.2    Make all interpretive decisions of Board policies in the Governance Culture and Board/Superintendent Relationship sections, using reasonable judgment. The President is not authorized to:

    a.    Make any interpretive decisions about policies created by the Board in the Results and Operational Expectations policy areas. Interpretation of these policies is the responsibility of the Superintendent;

    b.     Exercise any authority as an individual to supervise or direct the Superintendent.

    c.    Serve as a barrier between the Superintendent and the Board.

    4.3    Assure the compilation of the Board’s summative evaluation of the Superintendent.

    4.4    Represent the Board to outside parties in announcing Board-stated positions and in stating decisions and interpretations within the areas assigned to the President, delegating this authority to other Board members when appropriate, but remaining accountable for its use. 

    4.5    Execute all documents authorized by the Board, except as otherwise provided by law.

    4.6    Appoint members of all Board committees and Board liaisons to other organizations.

    4.7    On behalf of the Board, and in concert with the Superintendent, develop proposed Board meeting agendas consistent with the Board’s annual calendar.

    4.8    With Board concurrence, interface with the district’s attorney as needed regarding negotiation of the Superintendent’s contract. 

    4.9    Assure that all members of the Board are informed about matters of concern to the full Board.  


    The Vice-President shall serve as President in the event of the President’s absence or inability to perform assigned duties.


    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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