How It Works

  • Governing Board Membership
    Governing Board Members are unpaid, elected officials who serve as the policy-making body for the Washington Elementary School District.

    A board member must be a qualified elector and have lived in the District at least one year. Each member serves a four-year term. Terms are staggered so two or three board seats become vacant on alternate election years.

    According to Arizona law, board members may serve for an unlimited number of terms.

    Board Responsibilities
    The Washington School District Governing Board is responsible to the citizens of the District and the state of Arizona for the education of public school students in the state's largest elementary school district.

    The Board sets policy, approves educational programs and textbook adoption, approves the hiring and termination of personnel, sets salaries and compensates and adopts a yearly budget.

    The responsibility to oversee and administer programs and policies rests with the Superintendent, who is hired by the Board.

    Board Action
    The advice of the public is given careful consideration before action is taken on any item. The Board's first concern is for the educational program as it affects students. Final decisions may depart from the advice of the public when, in the judgment of the Board and the staff, such advice is not consistent with District goals, current educational practice or within reach of available financial resources.

    Board Meetings
    Regular meetings of the Governing Board are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, with some exceptions as noted on the calendar. Meetings are held at the Administrative Center, 4650 West Sweetwater Avenue and begin at 7:00 p.m. The Governing Board may call for special meetings as needed.

    Viewing The Agenda
    Copies of the upcoming agenda are sent to each Washington District school and posted on the District web site for public review before each meeting. The agenda may also be reviewed at the Administrative Center at 4650 W Sweetwater Ave.

    Addressing the Board
    Each Governing Board agenda includes the opportunity for public participation. To address the Board, submit a completed Speaker Comment Form to the Board Secretary before the meeting begins. The Speaker Comment Form is available on the District Web Site. Speakers have the option of completing the online "submit-able" form or printing out the form to complete and bring to the meeting.

    On the form you should indicate which item(s) on the agenda you wish to address. The Speaker Comment Form and copies of the agenda are available at board meetings or the Administrative Center, 4650 W Sweetwater Ave., before each meeting.

    The Board President will call you forward during the public participation portion of the meeting, at which time you will tell the Board your name, address and school attendance area, and if you have children attending school in the District. You should also state the subject you will be addressing. You are allowed the floor once per agenda item.

    Remarks are limited to three minutes. The president may further limit discussion when deemed necessary for proper conduct of the meeting, as when a large number of speakers wish to address a particular topic. Defamatory or abusive remarks against individual District employees or Board members will be declared out of order.