General Assembly

General Assembly is one of the most important school board events of the year. By voting on legislative and permanent positions, the assembly is where school directors update WSSDA’s advocacy platform. Once all voting is finished, and positions adopted, the platform that results will guide all of WSSDA’s advocacy efforts until the next assembly.

When is the Assembly?

The virtual assembly’s voting and discussion will occur over two days:

  • October 29 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • October 30 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration is FREE and ALL school directors are encouraged to attend! When registering, one person from each board should indicate that they are the board’s designated voting delegate.

Why participate in General Assembly?

Where

The assembly will occur virtually using the same platform as last year (Lumi). On the day of the event, participants will visit this page to find a button at the top saying “Enter the Assembly.” But before that time, please register.

Who should come?

All school directors are strongly encouraged to participate. District staff and student board representatives are also welcome, but only school directors may address the assembly and vote per WSSDA policy 1290 and procedure 1290P.

One board one vote

Each school board in the state can appoint one of its members to cast a vote on behalf of their school board. While some boards may select their “leg rep” or board chair, the ability to vote can go to anyone on a board and even transfer to another board member during the event to ensure that board’s ability to continue participating in the assembly. So, while the entire board may participate, only one member may cast a vote on any given proposal.

Timeline

September 17-24 Draft Amendment Proposal Window

The window to propose amendments to the proposals in the handbook closes at 5 p.m., September 24. Learn more about the amendment process on p. 6 of the handbook.

October 29-30

Virtual General Assembly

November 1-5 Legislative Position Prioritization

That first week of November is the time for boards to submit their ranking of WSSDA’s legislative positions in order of priority. The results of this process will form the primary focus of WSSDA’s legislative advocacy work for the 2022 legislative session.

Handbook

Note: The handbook was updated on 10/4/21.
View the summary of changes.

General Assembly FAQ

To allow time to prepare the online voting system we ask that delegates register no later than Monday, October 25. After this deadline, please email assembly@wssda.org for assistance.
Yes. Please refer to your confirmation email. There is a View and Manage link at the bottom of this email that will take you directly to Eventbrite to update your order. If you have any issues with accessing your order or have further questions please email assembly@wssda.org and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.
Cancel your registration online by referring to your confirmation email. There is a View and Manage link at the bottom of that email that will take you directly to Eventbrite to cancel your order. You may also email Antonio at t.gonzalez@wssda.org. In the email, please include the school district name and the name of each registrant you are cancelling for.

The complete list of permanent and legislative positions can be found on our website. The handbook will be posted on the General Assembly page, available to download, by August 24th.

The Leg Reps Learn webinars provide context for many of the positions and potential priorities of our legislature. Take some time before General Assembly to review the recorded webinars and read the Interim overviews.

A General Assembly “Know Before You Go” webinar will be held October 19th as part of the Leg Reps Learn series and recorded for later viewing. To join the live webinar, register here. Additional materials and resources to support your learning will be posted on this event website.

Emergency proposals, if any, will be considered if received by 3:00 PM on October 27, 2021.

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