Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) announced that it will hold a series of 14 free workshops throughout Washington – including Tuesday, May 5 in Burien – to encourage citizens to serve on their local school boards.

The “Become a School Board Member” workshops are free and will last two hours. They will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a school director and how to file to become a candidate. WSSDA encourages anyone who has an interest in school board service to attend, especially potential candidates from ethnic and cultural groups that are traditionally underrepresented.

“We want to help people feel comfortable with the election process and understand the work of school directors,” said Alan Burke, WSSDA’s Executive Director. “We encourage anyone who has ever thought about running for school board to come and learn. There is no obligation to run after attending the workshops, but the workshops will be very informative for anyone considering it.”

The workshops are scheduled for March and April, well before the May 12th filing week.

Each workshop will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Online registration at is recommended.

Western WA Workshops:

  • Tuesday, March 24
    Sequim School District, Board Room 503 North Sequim Ave.
    Sequim, WA 98382
  • Wednesday, March 25
    Olympia School District, Board Room 1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501
  • Thursday, March 26
    Seattle Public Schools, Auditorium 2445 3RD Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165
  • Tuesday, April 14
    Marysville School District, Board Room 4220 80th Street NE
    Marysville, WA 98270-3498
  • Wednesday, April 15
    NW Career and Tech, Lecture Hall 2205 West Campus Place
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273
  • Tuesday, April 21
    Kelso School District, Board Room 601 Crawford St.
    Kelso 98626
  • Wednesday, April 22
    Tacoma School District, Auditorium (4th Floor) 601 South 8th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98405
  • Tuesday, May 5
    Puget Sound Skills Center, 18010 8th Ave S.
    Burien WA 98148

Founded in 1922, the Washington State School Directors’ Association is comprised of all 1,477 school board members from Washington’s 295 school districts. The districts they lead serve more than one million students, have a combined annual budget of nearly $12 billion and employ well over 100,000 people. WSSDA’s core mission is focused on ensuring that school board members have the knowledge, tools and services they need to effectively govern their districts and improve student learning.

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