Seattle Public Schools

1220 Board Officers and Duties of Board Members


The Board President is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Board Calendar: Develop annual calendar for regular meeting dates with the Superintendent for approval by the Board. Board Special meetings may be called by the President or majority of Board directors per Board Policy No. 1400, Meeting Conduct, Order of Business and Quorum.
  • Agenda and Work Plan Development: Develop regular meeting agendas with the Superintendent and confer with the Superintendent regarding additional Board meeting, work session, and retreat planning. The President will consult with the Superintendent on issues prior to presentation to the full Board and perform tasks to facilitate Board meetings as necessary.
  • Conduct Board Meetings: Preside at and conduct all meetings of the Board as prescribed by the Board’s policies. The President participates in all aspects of Board action without relinquishing the chair, including the right to vote on matters put to a vote. The President will manage Board deliberation so that it is clear, concise, and directed to the issue at hand; summarize discussion and/or action before moving on to the next agenda item; and run meetings so that the agenda is treated in an expeditious manner. Committee chairs appointed by the President under Board Policy No. 1240, Committees, preside over meetings of their appointed committee.
  • Committee and Liaison Appointments: Appoint one director to serve as the legislative liaison per this policy and appoint directors and student members to serve on Board Committees and other assignments per Board Policy No. 1240, Committees.
  • Board Signatory: Sign papers and documents as required by law or authorized by Board action.

Communicate Board Decisions: Serve as the Board spokesperson to the media and public. The Board President is authorized to report and discuss those actions which have been taken and those decisions made by

  • the Board as a body. The president will avoid speculating upon actions or decisions not yet taken or made by the Board.
  • Board Reporting: Review Board-required reporting requirements and make recommendations to the Board, as necessary, on reporting changes requiring Board action.
  • Board Leadership: Provide leadership for, or identify a director designee to provide leadership for, major Board activities. These include the following Board responsibilities which will be undertaken in consultation with the Board and include final actions by a vote of the Board if required by law or Board Policy:
    • Develop Superintendent evaluation materials for the Board and manage the Superintendent evaluation process per Board Policy No. 1630 and Board Procedure 1630BP, Evaluation of the Superintendent;
    • Develop annual Board goals and objectives per Board Policy No. 1810, Annual Goals and Objectives;
    • Develop annual evaluation of the Board per Board Policy No. 1820, Evaluation of the Board;
    • Guide Board professional development activities per Board Policy Nos. 1822, Training and Professional Development for Board Members/Participation in School Directors Association, and 1112, Board Member Orientation;
    • Lead Superintendent recruitment and hiring process planning per Board Policy 1005, Responsibilities and Authority of the Board;
    • Lead Director appointment process planning in the event of a Director vacancy per Board Policy No. 1115, Vacancies; and
    • Lead redistricting process planning per Board Policy No. 1105, Director Districts.

Vice President

The vice president presides at Board meetings in the absence of the president. The vice president performs all duties of the president in case of their absence or disability.


The member-at-large presides at Board meetings in the absence of the president and vice president and performs all duties of the president in case of absence or disability of both the president and vice president.

Legislative Representative

The Board president shall appoint a legislative representative to serve as the Board’s liaison with the Washington State School Directors’ Association General Assembly. The legislative representative assumes office in January in an even year for a two-year period. The legislative representative shall attend Washington State School Directors’ Association General Assembly, conveying local views and concerns to that body and participating in the formulation of state legislative programs. The legislative representative monitors proposed school legislation and informs the Board of the issues.

Duties of Individual Board Members

The authority of individual Board members is limited to participating in actions taken by the Board as a whole when legally in session. Board members shall not assume responsibilities of administrators or other staff members. The Board or staff are not bound by actions taken or statements made by any individual Board member except when such statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions and official action taken by the Board.

Each Board member shall review the agenda and materials distributed prior to meetings and be prepared to participate in the discussion and decision-making for each agenda item.

Each Board member will attend scheduled meetings except as provided in Board Policy No. 1450, Absence of a Board Member.


The Superintendent is the Board secretary and performs all duties prescribed by Board Policy and state law including, but not limited to, those responsibilities described in RCW 28A.330.050 and RCW 28A.400.030.

The Superintendent may appoint a designee as secretary in their absence.