Become a Board Member
November 2017 Election
District 3 and District 5 are up for election in November 2017. Chris Marks (District 3) has announced that she will not be seeking re-election. Candidates must file between May 15 – May 19, 2017.
The Bellevue School Board of Directors is made up of five community members, one from each geographic region of the district. Board members are elected to their district positions for a term of four years by the community at large.
The Board provides overall governance of the Bellevue School District. It fulfills the following functions:
- Responsible governance
- Creating conditions for student and staff success
- High expectations for student learning
- Accountability for student learning
- Community Engagement
The Board employs and empowers a professional staff of administrators led by a strong superintendent of schools to carry out the district’s daily functions and to pursue its short and long range goals.
Candidates for school board must be:
- Citizen of the United States of America
- Legal resident of Washington State
- At least 18 years old by election day
- Registered to vote within the Bellevue School District attendance area
- Registered to vote within the director district they wish to represent
Neither a Board member nor his/her spouse or interdependent family members may be employed by the school district, except when the Board member’s spouse was employed by the district before the election or appointment to the Board.
Each board member in the Bellevue School District represents one of five geographic regions. It is a requirement that a Bellevue board member be registered to vote within the area they represent. Please use the map below to locate which district you would represent.
District 3 (blue) and District 5 (orange) are up for election in November 2017.
Becoming a Candidate
Candidates who are interested in running for a school board position must file a Declaration of Candidacy with the King County Elections office during the filing period.
The filing period begins the Monday two weeks before Memorial Day and ends the following Friday. For the November 2017 election, the filing period is May 15 – May 19, 2017. There is no filing fee for school board positions.
For step-by-step instructions, please refer to King County’s Candidate Manual.
IMPORTANT: The State of Washington requires all candidates and elected officials to a file a financial disclosure statement and report all campaign finances to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).
The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) provides training and support to school directors. WSSDA is offering eight free workshops for school board candidates across the state in June 2017. All workshops are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Registration is free, but required.
Below are the workshops taking place in the Puget Sound Region. For the full list of workshops across the state and to register for a workshop, visit WSSDA’s website.
Monday, June 5
WSSDA Conference Center
221 College St. NE
Olympia, WA 98516
Tuesday, June 13
Port Angeles School District
216 E 4th St
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Wednesday, June 21
6531 NE 181st Street
Kenmore WA 98028
Frequently Asked Questions
How often does the School Board meet?
Board meetings are typically held the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., or later. The schedule is subject to change, most often during school breaks.
What is the time commitment to be a board member?
In additional to the regular Board meetings, members can expect to spend an average of 10 additional hours per week on study and participation in other functions, such as school visits, community meetings and graduation exercises. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact a member of the current board of directors to ask what the experience is like and what is involved to receive direct information.
How long is a school board member’s term?
School Board members are elected to a term of four years.
What is the primary election process?
Primary elections are used to narrow the field of candidates before the general election. The primary election is held on the first Tuesday of August. However, if no more than two people file for a board position, there is no primary election for that position.
What are the general election procedures?
The general election is held on the first Tuesday that follows the first Monday in November. After the county elections officer certifies the elections results, the newly elected Board member(s) take office at the next official board meeting.
How are vacancies filled when a Board member leaves prior to the end of his or her term?
In case of a Board vacancy, the remaining Board members will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled Board election, at which time a director will be elected for the unexpired term, if any. Applications for the vacancy will be posted on the district website. Interviews of candidates will take place during a meeting open to the public.