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 their Code of Governance.
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 positive 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. 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, and 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.