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.  



    Board Member Qualifications and Elections

    Policy type: Operational Governance Policies
    Policy code: OGP-02
    1. Qualifications
      1. Citizen of the United States and State of Washington
      2. Registered voter of director district
      3. Reside in the appropriate director district
    2. Term
      1. Four years and/or until successor is elected and qualified, except as otherwise provided by law.
      2. Terms staggered, as provided by law, and insofar as possible, not more than a majority of one shall be elected to full terms at any regular election.
      3. Newly-elected directors  shall begin their term of office at the first official meeting following certification of the election results and the newly-elected director has taken and subscribed to an oath of office.
    3. Number 
      The board shall consist of five members, elected by ballot by the registered voters of the district.      
    4. Dates
      1. Filing for primary shall be as specified by law in the year such regular district elections are held. 
      2. The superintendent shall notify local newspapers regarding the filing dates for director positions.
      3. If more than two candidates file for any director position, all positions shall be on the primary ballot.
      4. General election is first Tuesday following first Monday in November in odd numbered years.
    5. Information
      1. Filing and election information for director may be obtained from the King County elections department.
    6.  Candidate Orientation 
      1.  All public information about the school system shall be made available to candidates. Additionally, the Board directs the superintendent to cooperate impartially with all candidates in providing them with information about school governance, Board operations, and school programs. 
      2. Orientation for candidates for the Board of Directors may include; 
        1. Encouragement to attend public meetings of the Board
        2. Meeting with the candidate to provide background information on the school system and board service and/or arranging such other candidate orientation sessions as the candidate may reasonably request; 
        3. Providing the candidate with directions on how to access publications of the District, materials from the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), the official minutes of Board meetings and District administrative policies;
        4. Reviewing the District budget and related fiscal documents. 
    7. Unexpired Term Fulfillment – Vacancy
      In case of a board vacancy:
      1. If a majority of directors remains, the Board shall fill vacancy by appointment
        1. The Board will solicit applications of individuals seeking to fill the position after suitable public notice.
        2. The Board will appoint one of the candidates to serve until the next regularly scheduled Board election, at which time a director shall be elected for the unexpired term, if any. 
      2. If there is not a majority of directors, the Puget Sound Educational Service District Board members shall appoint a sufficient number to constitute a legal majority of the Board.
      3. If a majority fails to act within ninety (90) days from the creation of such vacancy, the Puget Sound Educational Service District board members shall make appointments.
      4. If the vacancy is created by a board member who has submitted a resignation, that board member may not vote on the selection of his or her replacement.
      5. Appointees shall meet the requirements provided by law



    Legal References:  
    RCW 28A.320 Provisions applicable to all districts
    RCW.28A.342.300 Directors – Terms – Numbers
    RCW 28A.343.320 Directors – Declarations of candidacy – Positions as separate offices
    RCW 28A.343.340 Directors – When elected – Eligibility
    RCW 29A.04.151 Resident
    RCW 42.12.010 Causes of vacancy

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