General Assembly

September 25, 2020

On the day of assembly, a blue button will appear here. Members will use the button to enter the assembly.

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.

Timeline for 2020 Assembly

  • August 10
    DA Caucus and Membership Meetings (2-week window)
  • August 21
    DRAFT Amendment proposal window opens (1-week window)
    Amendment proposal form
    See proposed amendments
    Amendment process explained
  • August 28
    DRAFT Amendment proposal window closed
  • August 31
    Voting delegates from each district identified
  • September 18
    FINAL Amendments sent to members
  • September 23
    Test your technology. Voting delegates can practice entering the assembly from 12-6 p.m. (confirmed)
  • September 24
    Board, Resolutions Committee, and Legislative Committee Meetings
  • September 25
    General Assembly
  • September 28
    Priority ranking of positions opens
    See the how-to video
    — Ranking Form (link coming)
  • October 5
    Priority ranking closes

Purpose and value

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.

Who should come?

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.

One board, one voter

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.

Click above to view the complete handbook. Or, if you prefer to view one section of the handbook at a time:
Section One: General Information
Consent Agenda
Section Two: Proposals & Positions
Section Three: Index of Standing Legislative Positions

Special topics

Look forward to the following recordings as they become available:

The list above is subject to change.

Caucus meetings

Director Area (DA) caucus meetings are for school directors within the same region to discuss the positions up for a vote at General Assembly. These meetings are also a time to discuss proposing draft amendments.

Membership meetings

Membership meetings are for any school director interested in discussing a specific topic.