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In general terms, the “job” of a school board in Washington is to make “ample” provision for the education of all children.  More specifically, there are four major areas of responsibility which can be classified as providing for: 

1. A quality instructional program within the limits of the resources.
2. Management and direction of the school system.
3. Continued guidance through policy development and adoption.
4. Communication between the district and the community.

The School Board:
Creates policy for schools in the district, conducts strategic planning, oversees the school district, hires and oversees the superintendent, represents voters, adopts the school district budget, and are elected by voters.

White River School District announces a vacancy for Director District #3:

This position has been held by Denise Vogel since 2005, but a change in her residence creates this vacancy.  Community members are urged to apply.

In order to qualify, the applicant must reside within the boundaries of Director District #3, which includes South Prairie, much of Wilkeson, and areas in between, including developments such as Rainier Ranch Sites and Sierra.

In addition to this vacant seat, two others are also up for re-election this year. Director District 1, in the area of Foothills Elementary and Prairie Ridge, as well as Director District 4, encompassing much of the city of Buckley and surrounding.

For questions about the duties and responsibilities of a school board director, for clarification or questions about eligibility, or to find out if your home address falls within the boundaries of Districts 1, 3 or 4, please contact the office of Superintendent Janel Keating-Hambly at (360) 829-3814. 

Those interested in running for office must file for election online at from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21 and would be on the Pierce County election ballot in November, 2021.