Starting this year, in 2020, General Assembly combines what used to be the WSSDA legislative and delegate assemblies into one event. This merging of events will reduce travel, time commitments, costs to WSSDA members, and make it easier for districts to participate. General Assembly will occur online this year due to COVID-19.
This annual event is where school directors will define WSSDA’s values and set its course in the upcoming legislative session. Directors will do this by reviewing and voting on proposed changes to WSSDA’s permanent and legislative positions submitted by their peers. Directors will also vote on any proposed changes to WSSDA’s bylaws.
While student board representatives and superintendents are welcome to attend, the event is expressly for WSSDA members, the school directors, and only they can address the assembly and cast votes.
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 to ensure that board’s ability to continue participating in the assembly. So, while the entire board may participate in the assembly, only one member may cast a vote on any given proposal.