School Board Candidates
Thank you for considering school board service. Your interest in serving your community and public education is appreciated.
Serving on a local school board has often been called "the toughest volunteer job in America." While it can be challenging at times, most school directors will tell you there are great rewards in helping students and giving back to your community.
In this year of school board elections, WSSDA is offering materials to help school districts reach out to potential candidates and workshops to help candidates better understand the school director role they are aspiring to.
2017 Key Dates for School Board Candidates
- May 1: First day filing officer may receive candidate declarations by mail
- May 15-19: Official Candidate Filing Week
- May 22: Candidate withdrawal deadline
- May 23: Last day for Secretary of State to certify candidates to County Auditors
- May 26: Candidate statements & photographs for state Voters' Pamphlet due
- June 1-21: Candidate workshops
- July 14-August 1: Primary election
- October 20-November 7: General election
- Workshops are offered throughout the month of June to help school board candidates understand the important role each board member plays in school governance. Please register to attend the FREE workshop date and location of your choice.
- An informational flyer that includes how to register to be a school board candidate and a schedule of candidate workshops has been emailed to every school district in Washington. This information will also be emailed directly to candidates following the close of the filing period.
- For more information on the responsibilities of a school board member, check out the webpage for new board directors. We particularly recommend the manual, Serving on Your Local School Board.
- If you want to bring a newly
elected director to conference, but they are not yet installed, the board may
pass a resolution. Here is a sample.