1110 Election

  • Board elections shall be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years.

    A person is legally qualified to become a board member who is a United States citizen, and a qualified voter resident in the school district and appropriate director district, if any. Employees of the school district are precluded from serving on the board of directors.

    A person may become a candidate for a place on the board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the county auditor during the May filing period, as prescribed by law. If the school district includes territory in two or more counties, the declaration of candidacy shall be filed with the county auditor of the county designated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as the county to which the district belongs pursuant to RCW 28A.323.040.

    In the event that there are more than two candidates for any position on the board, a primary election shall be held on the first Tuesday of August in the manner prescribed by law. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will appear on the school election ballot in November.

    If, prior to the first day of the regular filing period, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot, leaving an unexpired term for which a successor must be elected at the next general election, filings for that position will be accepted during the regular filing period. The filing officer will provide notice of the vacancy and filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The position will appear on the primary and general election ballots unless no primary is required.

    If, on the first day of the regular filing period or later, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot leaving an unexpired term, the election of the successor will occur at the next succeeding general election that the office is allowed by law to have an election.

    If following the regular filing period and deadline to withdraw, but prior to the day for the primary, a void in candidacy occurs, the filing officer will reopen the filing period of three normal business days. The filing officer will provide notice of the special filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for that school director in the general election is deemed elected.

    Cross References:
    Board Policy 1115             Vacancies
    Board Policy 1610             Conflicts of Interest

    Legal References:
    RCW 28A.323.040              Joint school districts – Designation of county to which joint school district belongs     
    RCW 28A.343.300              Directors – Terms – Numbers
    RCW 28A.343.320              Directors - Declarations of candidacy – Positions as separate offices                                                           
    RCW 28A.343.330              Directors – Ballots – Form
    RCW 28A.343.340              Directors – When elected – Eligibility
    RCW 29A.04.151                 Residence
    RCW 29A.24.141                 Void in candidacy – exception
    RCW 29A.24.151                 Notice of void in candidacy
    RCW 29A.24.181                 Reopening of filing – Before eleventh Tuesday before general election
    RCW 29A.24.191                 Scheduled election lapses, when
    RCW 29A.52.210                 Local primaries
    RCW 42.12.010                   Causes of vacancy

    Management Resources:
    Policy News, Aug. 2011   Legislature clarifies law on vacancies and voids in candidacy, primary election date changes
    Policy News, Oct. 2006   Changes in Election Law

    ADOPTED: 08/28/97
    REVISED: 9/24/98; 04/27/00; 11/20/01; 10/24/02; 10/27/2005; 12/14/06; 11/22/11

    Procedure No. 1110P Election

    School Board Candidate Orientation

    Candidates for appointment or election to the board are urged to attend public meetings of the board. All public information about the school system will be made available to them.

    Additionally, the board directs the superintendent to cooperate impar­tially with all candidates in providing them with information about school governance, board operations and school programs. Information to board candidates may include:

    A. Notifying the candidate of open meetings of the board, and providing an agenda;
    B. Meeting with the candidate to provide background information on the school system and school board service and/or arranging such other candidate orientation sessions as the candidate may reasonably request;
    C. Providing each candidate with access to publications from the Washington State School Directors' Association, the official minutes of board meetings and the district policy manual;
    D. Reviewing the school district budget and related fiscal documents; and
    E. Providing each candidate with information regarding the Public Disclosure Act, Open Public Meetings Act and conflict of interest laws.

    ADOPTED:  5/17/90
    REVISED: 08/28/97; 11/22/11