4400 Policy – Election Activities

Bellingham Public Schools, as part of its mission to educate and instill civic responsibility, will assure that the community is appropriately informed about district and education related ballot measures through objective and fair presentations of the facts related to those measures. However, public facilities will not be used to assist in any candidate’s campaign or to support or oppose any ballot measure.

The board may consider adopting resolutions expressing the board’s collective opinion on ballot measures (state and local, including district levy and bond measures) that impact the effective operation of the schools.  Such a resolution may be considered at a board meeting, the short title and proposition number of the ballot measure will be included in the meeting notice, and an equal opportunity will be provided for views on both sides of the issue to be expressed.

Prior to an election on a district ballot measure, the district will communicate to the entire community an objective and fair presentation of the facts relevant to the ballot measure.  Normal and regular publications of the district will also continue to be published during election cycles and may contain fair, objective and relevant discussions of the facts of pending election issues.

The superintendent will develop procedures to implement this policy that are consistent with the guidelines provided by the Public Disclosure Commission at http://www.pdc.wa.gov/.


Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 08/14/08
Adopted/Revised: 05/28/15
Updated: 09/27/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.320.090     Preparing and distributing information  on the district’s instructional program, operation and maintenance — Limitation

RCW 42.17A.555              Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns — Prohibitions —Exceptions

WAC 390-05-271               General application of  RCW 2.17A.555

WAC 390-05-273              Definition of normal and regular conduct

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, August 2001, PDC Issues Election Guidelines for Schools