4400 Election Activities

  • The district, as part of its mission to educate and instill civic virtue, will assure that public facilities are not be used to assist in any candidate’s campaign or to support or oppose any ballot measure, and will assure that the community is appropriately informed about district and education related ballot measures through objective and fair presentations of the facts related to those measures.

    The board will consider adopting resolutions expressing the board’s collective opinion on ballot measures (state and local, including district levy and bond measures) that impact the effective operation of the schools.  Such a resolution will be considered at a board meeting, the short title and proposition number of the ballot measure will be included in the meeting notice, and an equal opportunity will be provided for views on both sides of the issue to be expressed.

    Prior to an election on a district ballot measure, the district will publish to the entire community an objective and fair presentation of the facts relevant to the ballot measure.  Normal and regular publications of the district will also continue to be published during election cycles and may contain fair, objective and relevant discussions of the facts of pending election issues.

    Yelm Community Schools pledges to support the guidelines for school districts in election campaigns published by the Public Disclosure Commission.  The superintendent is directed to communicate the guidelines to staff and to monitor compliance.

    Cross References: 
    Board Policy 2022         Electronic Information System (K-20 Network)
    Board Policy 5252         Staff Participation in Political Activities

    Legal References:
    RCW 28A.320.090          Preparing and distributing information on the district’s instructional program, operation and maintenance — Limitation
    RCW 42.17.130               Forbids use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns
    WAC 390-05-271            General application of RCW 42.17.130
    WAC 390-05-273            Definition of normal and regular conduct

    ADOPTED: 11/20/2001