Five community members make up Bellingham Public Schools board of directors. Registered voters elect board members for terms of four years. The school board has governance responsibilities in these main four areas: vision, accountability, structure and advocacy. The school board believes that effective public school education must be directed toward common needs of all children, but must also consider the unique differences and needs of individual children. The school board directors are members of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and follow the WSSDA school board standards.

It is the board’s role to set policy, develop clear expectations for results, and to evaluate progress. The board has empowered the district leadership team, led by the superintendent, to carry out the district’s daily operations in alignment with those policies and expectations, to pursue short- and long-term goals, and to resolve issues that arise along the way. This allows the board to maintain a system-wide focus and supports an appropriate distinction between policy and administration.

If you would like to bring feedback, questions or concerns to the school board’s attention, there are a variety of ways your voice can be heard:

  • You can attend a school board meeting and share your thoughts during the public comment section of the meeting. Per policy 1400, in addition to the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, the board may identify the agenda items that require or would benefit from opportunity for public comment and provide those opportunities as part of the meeting agenda before taking final action.
  • You can submit a message to the school board’s “Listening Post,” which is an electronic communication directly to the full board.
  • Board members also share their direct phone numbers (available online) for personal conversations.
  • You can always send a letter to the school board at 1306 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

The school board is committed to open governance and transparent communication that includes listening to stakeholders of students, staff, parents/families and community members.

Community engagement is a vital part of our school district’s success. Community members who have feedback or concerns for the school district (regarding operations) or school board (regarding policy) are encouraged to contact the person closest to the situation first to have their issue addressed most effectively and efficiently. Click here to learn whom to contact and how.

School Board Meetings

  • Regular Meetings are held in the board room of the District Office (1306 Dupont St.) for the purpose of adopting a consent agenda and/or approving action items. Reports and presentations may be included.
  • Study Sessions are held periodically throughout the year, typically in the board room of the district office at the conclusion of the regular board meeting.
  • Linkage Meetings are held periodically throughout the year, either prior to or after the regular board meeting or on another date and time as appropriate. Linkage meetings are held in the board room of the District Office or at one of our elementary, middle, or high schools. (Location is determined and publicized at the time the meeting is scheduled.)
  • Executive Sessions, if needed, will generally be held at the district office prior to or at the end of a regular meeting or on another date and time as appropriate.

How to Attend a School Board Meeting Video

 

Regular Meeting Schedule

2019

Wednesday, Sept. 18, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

2020

Wednesday, Jan. 15, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m. CANCELED

Wednesday, Feb. 19, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m. POSTPONED to March 25

Wednesday, March 25, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m. via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/205960849

Wednesday, April 22, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m. via Zoom:

https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/93852416105

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 938 5241 6105

Wednesday, May 13, Regular Meeting 6 p.m. via Zoom:

https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/94462394931

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +12532158782,,94462394931#  or +16699006833,,94462394931#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 944 6239 4931
International numbers available: https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/u/adUmcUFXHg

Wednesday, June 17, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.

Did you know?

You can submit a message to the school board’s “Listening Post,” which is an electronic communication directly to the full board.

 

Scroll down to view meeting dates or view upcoming meeting dates on our calendar.

 

Agendas, Meeting Materials & Minutes (BoardDocs)

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