The Fife School Board will have three open positions this year on the November 5th ballot. Fife residents who live in District 3, District 4, and District 5 are encouraged to consider representing their community on the Fife School Board of Directors. The filing period with Pierce County Elections Office is much earlier than in previous years. The one-week filing period this year is May 13 to 17, 2013 - weeks earlier than the usual June filings.
The Fife 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 registered voters. The School Board provides overall governance of the school district. Its responsibilities fall into four major areas: vision, accountability, structure and advocacy.
Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a school board director.
Q: What is the role of the School Board?
A: The Board provides overall governance of the Fife 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.
Q: What are the legal qualifications to become a Board member?
A: Candidates for School Board must be a:
§ Registered voter in the school district
§ Registered voter in the director district within the school district
§ To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington State and at least 18 years old by Election Day.
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.
Q: Which director district (geographic region) of Fife do I live in?
A: You can contact Heidi Joyner at 253-517-1000.
Q: How do I file to become a candidate for School Board?
A: Candidates may file with Pierce County, WA - Official Website - Become a Candidate or by mail or in person.
Q: When is the filing period in 2013?
A: The filing period is Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17, 2013.
Q: What are the primary election requirements?
A: Candidates who meet the legal qualifications above must file a Declaration of Candidacy with Pierce County Elections within the filing period, May 13-17. There is no filing fee. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 6. However, if no more than two people file for a position, there is no primary election for that position.
Q: When is Election Day?
A: Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 6, 2013. General Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Q: What are the November election procedures?
A: Candidates for School Board must live within the director district they wish to represent. They are elected by the community at large. Newly elected Board members take office at the first official Board meeting following the certification of election results by the county auditor or county elections officer.
Q: How often does the School Board meet?
A: Board meetings are typically held the last Monday of each month, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m., or later. The schedule is subject to change, most often during school breaks.
Q: What additional time commitment is required?
A: 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.
Q: How long is a School Board member’s term?
A: School Board members are elected to a term of four years.
Q: How are vacancies filled when a Board member leaves prior to the end of his or her term?
A: 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.
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