Students in Maryline Williams’ kindergarten class know they have a teacher who will help them succeed. The Henry David Thoreau Elementary School teacher is one of 16 Seattle Heroes in the Classroom to be recognized during the 2019 NFL season.
About the Board
This group sets major policies, hires the superintendent, determines major goals for the district, and holds the superintendent and staff accountable for reaching those goals.
The Board consists of five members. Each Board position is elected by voters from the entire district. They serve a four-year term. That board member must live in the geographic district that is assigned their specific board seat.
Those director districts are established through the use of census data to determine an equitable distribution of Board positions among the population. This system ensures representation on the Board from all areas of the district. Each member is elected by all voters and is responsible for the entire district. Community members may contact any member on the Board.
Each Board position is elected by voters from the entire district.
Role of the Board
The Board develops written governing policies in these areas:
- Governance Process: These 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: These 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: These 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: These 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.
The Board also serves a legal role as the final district-level decision-maker for appeals that are brought to it under state or federal law, contract or established district procedure.
The Board also advocates on behalf of the organization and its constituents. Each year the Board develops a Legislative Platform. This document outlines the board’s priorities for advocacy with state and local elected officials. View the 2019 LWSD Legislative Platform.
What makes a great school board member?
To learn about school board members, what they do and how to run for a school board position, the Washington State School Directors’ Association has put together an informational flyer.