Sequim workshop to aid School Board hopefuls

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The Washington State School Directors’ Association has scheduled a workshop in Sequim for those seeking positions on school boards.

The workshop will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the Sequim School District boardroom, 503 N. Sequim Ave.

The workshop is one of nine set in the state. It is the only one offered on the North Olympic Peninsula.

The free two-hour workshops cover a variety of topics on the work of boards, including responsibilities, legal requirements and an overview of education initiatives.

The workshops, led by experts on the state’s local school boards, are meant to increase understanding of the work of school boards. They do not provide advice on how to run an election campaign.

In Washington state, local School Board elections occur in odd-numbered years. In 2013, more than 680 of the state’s 1,477 local school board positions are subject to election.

North Olympic Peninsula seats on the ballot this year are in the Brinnon, Cape Flattery, Chimacum, Crescent, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Queets-Clearwater, Quilcene, Quillayute Valley and Sequim school districts.

The primary is Aug. 6.

The general election is Nov. 5.

“Citizen school boards are the heart of our public education system,” said Debra Long, president of the school boards’ association.

“These popular workshops help candidates understand what school boards do and how the best ones operate.”

Workshops also are set in Kelso, Wenatchee, Spokane, Mount Vernon, Renton, Pasco, Yakima and Olympia.

Founded in 1922, the Washington State School Directors’ Association is comprises all 1,477 School Board members from Washington’s 295 school districts.

For more information about the workshops or to register online, visit http://tinyurl.com/wssda-org-workshops.

Last modified: June 06. 2013 5:32PM
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