Dorn Announces ESD Board Elections
OLYMPIA — May 12, 2011 — Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct an election in October for board positions in the state’s nine educational service districts. Educational service district boards have seven or nine members, depending on the district’s organization.
The election process will begin Aug. 22, with Dorn’s call of election. Declaration of candidacy forms may be obtained after Aug. 22 from the Administrative Resources office, Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Wash., 98504-7200 (360-725-6132/Fax: 360-753-4201), or any ESD office. Declarations of candidacy and optional biographical data must be filed with the Administrative Resources Office between Sept. 1 and Sept. 16. Voting by ballot will take place from Oct. 3-18.
To be eligible for membership on an ESD board, a candidate must be a registered voter and live in the ESD for which the candidate files. ESD Board members serve a four-year term and are elected by the members of local school boards within each ESD. Terms of office for ESD board members elected in fall 2011 will begin the second Monday in January 2012 and expire the second Monday in January 2016.
The nine educational service districts are regional bodies created by statute to:
- provide and assist in the development of cooperative services for local school districts and joint purchasing programs for schools within the ESD;
- act in a consultative and advisory capacity to local school districts;
- assist the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education in the performance of their respective duties; and
- provide services to the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind to assure equal educational opportunities.
Superintendent Dorn is calling for the elections as required under state law (RCW 28A.310.080).
The vacant positions can be viewed here.
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.
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