FAQ

Board of Directors FAQs

I'd like to speak at a School Board meeting. How do I sign up?

Sign-ups for giving public testimony at regular board meetings are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on the Monday prior to the board meeting, and the testimony list is posted to the board meeting agenda on Tuesday afternoon. Priority is given to those signing up for action and introduction items. As the board offers 20 spots for public testimony, any requests received beyond 20 will be placed upon a wait list, view additional rules and information.

Rules for Public Testimony and How to Sign Up to Address the Boardpdf icon

How do I contact the School Board?

There are multiple ways to contact the board.

You may email the board at schoolboard@seattleschools.org to send your message to all seven directors.

You may also call 206-252-0040 and leave a message for all directors or a specific director. Board members also hold community meetings, usually on a monthly basis.

Please view the board calendar for upcoming director community meetings.

Who are the board members and which director serves my district?

Visit the School Board homepage and scroll to the bottom to see the list of the seven board members. You can click on each director to see their background and also the list of schools in their district.

In addition, you can open the Seattle Public Schools Director Districts mappdf icon to see in which district your school is.

How can I be aware of what happens at a board meeting if I cannot attend?

All regular board meetings are live-broadcast in Seattle on Comcast channel 26 and also streamed via our Media Operations Center.

Also, the archive of prior board meeting videos can be found at the City of Seattle's Seattle Channel webpage.

Where can I find past Board meetings agendas, minutes and/or documents?

Please visit the School Board Archives page for board meeting and work session agendas and minutes.

By clicking on the appropriate year in the table at the bottom of the page and then clicking on the meeting date in the first column of the spreadsheet, you will find the meeting agendas and the related documents. The minutes are linked once they have been approved by the board at the following board meeting and can be found in the second column from the left on the spreadsheet.

When and where are the Board meetings held?

Regular board meetings are held at 4:15 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with only one meeting typically held in July, August and December. Please view the board calendar for upcoming board meetings, and also the calendar for work sessions or committee meetings.

All regular board meetings are held in the first floor auditorium at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, located at 2445 Third Ave. South, in the SoDo neighborhood. You can view map and directions to John Stanford Center.

What are the Board committees and what do they do?

The Board has four committees that support the policy and oversight work of the Board and provide recommendations to the full Board on items brought before the committee.

You can find more information on the committees, their purposes, which directors serve on each committee, and when they meet on the committees webpage.

What are Board policies and where can I find them?

It is the duty and responsibility of the board to set policy for, and provide guidance and oversight of, the district. The superintendent often develops procedures to implement the board’s policies. Board policies are divided into numbered series by topic area, based upon the Washington State School Directors Association’s model.

Series topics include:

  • Philosophy and Goal
  • Board of Directors
  • Instruction
  • Students
  • Community Relations
  • Personnel
  • Management Support

View the School Board policies.

What are the “Friday Memos” and where can I read them?

The superintendent typically sends a memo to the Board each Friday, providing updates from various district departments and also information requested by the Board. The archive is available on the “Friday Memos” webpage on the Tuesday after having been sent to the Board.

Read the Superintendent's Friday Memos to the Board

I have a concern at my child’s school, how do I handle it?

We always recommend that you first start with looking to resolve concerns at the school level and then moving up “the chain” if you are not able to reach a resolution.

If you have a concern with your student’s teacher, you would first work with the teacher and then the principal. If your concern is still not resolved, you would then reach out to the Executive Director of Schools for your area.

We also recommend reading the following:

District Ombudsperson's Web site

District Ombudsperson's Family Complaint Processpdf icon

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