- Phil Gore
Director of Leadership
Thank you and welcome to school board service!
As a new member of your local school district board of directors, you join nearly 1,500 colleagues around the state who have stepped up to this important public service. Collectively, the districts you lead serve more than one million students, have a combined annual budget of $6 billion, and employ nearly 100,000 people.
As a school board member, you are automatically a member of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. WSSDA is your organization. It exists to provide advocacy, programs and services to support school boards in your efforts to improve student learning.
WSSDA offers many resources to help you and your board be as effective as possible in your governance role. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources as you familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities of school board service.
Below are links to information that will help you get started. (You'll find much more in our Resources section.) Also, be sure to visit the What We Do section to learn more about your association. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.
Introduction to School Board Service
Budget and Finance
Conflicts of Interest
Open Public Meetings
School District Policies
Leadership Development and Training
E-Clippings, Legislative Updates and Information Alerts