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Dorn Announces State Board Special Election

OLYMPIA — July 23, 2010 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct a special election in November 2010 for one elected position to the State Board of Education.

The board is comprised of 16 members:

  • two members from the eastern region of the state, elected by school board members;
  • three members from the western region of the state, elected by school board members;
  • one member, at large, elected by approved private schools;
  • the superintendent of public instruction;
  • seven members appointed by the governor; and
  • two student representatives selected by the state board itself.

The position up for election is Western Region Position 3. The term is for one year.

Candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent. (For the western region, that includes the 19 westernmost counties.) Candidates cannot be employed by any public or private school, college, university or other educational institution, any educational service district, or the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction after being elected to the State Board. Persons elected to the board may not concurrently serve as a member of the board of directors of either a public school district or a private school.

The State Board of Education helps develop programs that prepare each student for the future. It provides leadership, support and advocacy, through policy, to help each student achieve success in school and life.

Membership on the board requires a considerable commitment of time for preparation and attendance at various meetings. More information about board service requirements is available through the State Board of Education office in Olympia (360) 725-6025, or via e-mail at

All declarations of candidacy and optional biographical data forms must be filed with OSPI by 5 p.m. August 31, 2010.

Elected board members will be sworn in at the January 2011 State Board of Education meeting.

Declaration and optional biographical data forms are available through the Office of Professional Practices Web page or by mail at Administrative Resource Services, Superintendent of Public Instruction, P O Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200. For further information contact Director of Office of Professional Practices Catherine Slagle at (360) 725-6136, or her assistant, Wanda Griffin, at (360) 725-6133.

Revised Code of Washington 28A.305.021 gives OSPI the authority to conduct State Board member elections.



About OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

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