Role of the Board
The School Board is the policy-making body of our school district. The Board is responsible and accountable for planning, policy, advocacy and evaluation. Specifically the Board's mission lies in the following:
- Adopting policy
- Planning and assessing short-term and long-term goals
- Realizing the Strategic Plan
- Acting as liaison between the community and the district
- Selecting and evaluating the superintendent
- Advocating for students, the district and public education
- Approving a budget that reflects the priorities of the district and a responsible use of funds
The School Board is focused on advancing the mission of the district:
"Together we create a culture of belonging that empowers every student to achieve academic excellence and graduate prepared for a successful future as an engaged and productive citizen."
Organization of the Board
The Board consists of five citizens of the school district, representing five director districts. However, they are elected by and represent all citizens of the school district. Each Board member is elected for a four-year term. Members, by choice, serve without pay. A President and Vice President are elected annually, and a Legislative Representative is elected every two years.
We appreciate everyone's interest in our schools and encourage the public to attend School Board meetings. Community participation is a vital part of our school system's success.
Regular School Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month except in December, June, July and August when there is only one regular meeting per month. A schedule of meeting dates, times and locations for the current school year can be found on the enclosed insert. Should this schedule change or should there be the need to schedule a special meeting, public notice is given through the news media and the district website
All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public, and all actions authorized or required by law are taken at these meetings. However, the Board may meet in closed (executive) session to discuss matters dealing with personnel performance, real estate or employee negotiations. Minutes of all regular and special Board meetings are matters of public record.
Visitors are always welcome at School Board meetings. The purpose of Board meetings is for the Board to conduct its business in public, not to provide a public forum. However, the Board is interested in receiving input from community members on various agenda items. Public comment period is an opportunity for the board to listen to individuals on educational issues and board members are encouraged to listen attentively. The total time for public comment period is no more than 30 minutes.
The following will apply to all who wish to address the Board:
- Sign up before the meeting begins on the sign up sheet provided at the meeting.
- Wait to be recognized by the Board President at the appropriate point on the agenda and introduce yourself before sharing your remarks.
- Speaking time is limited to three minutes so all those interested have opportunity to speak and no individual may speak more than once per regular meeting, even if there is time remaining.
- A speaker cannot donate some or all of their time to another speaker.
While the Board welcomes public input, we ask that you model the behavior that we hope to see in our students. We encourage speakers to consider their words carefully and refrain from personally directed, discriminatory, abusive, or obscene language or complaints regarding any individual staff member or student. The Board President may interrupt and/or terminate an individual’s statement if the allotted time has expired or if student privacy is violated.
Public comment period is not a time for dialogue between the board and the public. To align with the Open Public Meetings Act, the board will not respond to statements, questions, or challenges made during public comment period, and there will be no back-and-forth dialogue, although the board chair might ask a speaker a clarifying question. Please know that the board’s silence is neutral and signifies they are listening thoughtfully.
Please remember that your words have impact and you, not the school district, are responsible for your words. We caution all speakers that it is possible that your statements could violate the rights of others under various laws, including laws protecting privacy and laws prohibiting defamation.
In addition to addressing the Board at a regular meeting, citizens may also bring issues to the attention of the Board by writing to the School Board or by telephoning or e-mailing individual Board members. Citizens are reminded that all written communications addressed to school officials, including e-mail messages, may be considered public records.
Citizens are encouraged to try to resolve issues with teachers, school principals, other district personnel or the superintendent before bringing matters to the Board
School Board Boundaries
Director District 1
Starting at the intersection of I-90 and HWY 281. Northerly on HWY 281 to Rd Q NW. North on Rd Q NW to M St SW. West on M St SW to 3rd Ave SW. North on 3rd Ave SW to L St SW. West on L St SW to 7th Ave SW. North on 7th Ave SW to F St SW. West on F St SW to HWY 28. Westerly on HWY 28 to School District boundary. Counterclockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of I-90. West on I-90 to the point of the beginning.
Director District 2
Starting at the intersection of Rd Q NW and Division St E. East on Division St E to 6th Ave SE. South on 6th Ave SE to Marginal Way. Southwest on Marginal Way to N St SE. West on N St SE to 1st Ave SE. North on 1st Ave SE to M St SE. West on M St SE to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to HWY 281. Southerly on HWY 281 to I-90. East on I-90 to School District boundary. Counterclockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of the Baird Springs Rd NW. Westerly on Baird Springs Rd NW to Overen Rd. Southerly on Overen Rd to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to the point of the beginning.
Director District 3
Starting at the intersection of Rd Q NW and Division St E. East on Division St E to 6th Ave SE. South on 6th Ave SE to Marginal Way. Southwest on Marginal Way to N St SE. West on N St SE to 1st Ave SE. North on 1st Ave SE to M St SE. West on M St SE to Rd Q NW. North on Rd Q NW to M St SW. West on M St SW to 3rd Ave SW. North on 3rd Ave SW to L St SW. West on L St SW to 7th Ave SW. North on 7th Ave SW to F St SW. West on F St SW to HWY 28. Westerly on HWY 28 to School District boundary. Clockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of the Baird Springs Rd NW. Westerly on Baird Springs Rd NW to Overen Rd. Southerly on Overen Rd to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to the point of the beginning.
Director District 4
Director District 5