For New School Directors

As a new member of your local school district board of directors, you join nearly 1,500 colleagues around the state who have stepped up to this important public service. Collectively, the districts you lead serve more than one million students, have a combined annual budget of $6 billion and employ nearly 100,000 people.

As a school board member, you are automatically a member of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. WSSDA is your organization. It exists to provide advocacy, programs and services to support school boards in their efforts to improve student learning.

WSSDA offers many resources to help you and your board be effective leaders. We invite you to take advantage of these resources and familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities of school board service.

Below are links to information to help you get started.

Introduction to School Board Service

Budget and Finance

Conflicts of Interest

Open Public Meetings

School Law

Leadership Development and Training


  • Guide to Effective Advocacy 

E-Clippings, Legislative Updates and Information Alerts

Help in Your Region

Staff Contacts

Thank you and welcome to school board service!