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    District IV (4) School Board Director Appointment

    The Seattle School Board will appoint a school board director for District IV (4) representing schools and students in Central and Northwest Seattle. Read the appointment announcement.

    Background and Appointment Process:

    Per state law (RCW 28A.343.370), because the District IV vacancy occurred outside the regular election cycle, the current board will appoint a replacement to serve for the remainder of the term. The appointment term will be until the November 2021 election. The appointee can run for office during the 2021 campaign cycle. It is the intent of the board to run a transparent process and publicly swear in the final candidate at a regular board meeting.

    Seattle Public Schools is the largest district in the state, home to over 53,000 diverse students that attend over 100 schools. The district has an operating budget of over $1.3 billion. A seven-person board of directors provides organizational governance as well as hiring and evaluating the superintendent. The duties for School Board members are defined by Washington state law, RCW 28A.150.230, and RCW section 28A.330. Visit the Washington State Legislature website to read about the duties of school directors under state law.

    The Board meets frequently for regular and special meetings, and it is anticipated that the newly appointed director will be assigned to one or more Board Committees.

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    Each director, while responsible for governance of the entire district, also represents one of seven distinct districts that represent neighborhoods across Seattle. To be eligible for this appointment, candidates must be a United States citizen and a registered voter of school board director district District IV. For more information, read the Candidate Manual published on the King County Elections website.

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    Timeline for Appointment

    January 15, 2021: District IV School Board Director appointment process opens with an invitation for candidates to submit a letter of interest, work experience/resume, and photograph.

    • To be eligible for the position, candidates must be a United States citizen and a registered voter of School Board Director District IV.
    • Additional application materials will be requested, including a completed questionnaire and video statement, after the submission of initial application materials.
    • Only those materials provided through the online candidate interest form, candidate photos, questionnaires, and video statements will be posted to the candidate webpages and provided to School Board Directors.
    • Additional materials beyond those requested should not be sent to the School Board Office.

    January 20, 2021: School Board Executive Committee meets to discuss further appointment process details.

    January 29, 2021: Deadline for interested candidates to apply for the District IV School Board Director position and to submit a letter of interest and work experience/resume.

    February 1, 2021: Questionnaire distributed to candidates with a deadline of February 8.

    February 1-5, 2021: Candidates record video statements remotely with support from SPSTV for posting to candidate webpages. Requirements to follow.

    February 5, 2021: Individual candidate webpages published with candidates' letters of interest and work experience/resume as submitted through the application form. Candidates' video statements and completed questionnaires will be added once finalized for all candidates.

    February 8, 2021: Candidate questionnaire responses due.

    February 10, 2021: School Board Executive Committee meets to discuss further appointment process details.

    March 15, 2021: District IV Candidate Forum to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for all candidates. More details to follow.

    March 24, 2021: School Board votes to appoint one candidate to the District IV School Board Director seat during the Regular School Board meeting. The candidate selected will be sworn in during the Regular Board meeting and take office immediately.

    April 7, 2021: Deadline for the Board to fill the vacancy under Board Policy No. 1115.