The Board of Directors of the Bremerton School District is made up of five citizens who are elected at large for four-year terms. The Board's major responsibilities are:
- Adopting policies that ensure the District operates within state law (view our Policy Adoption Process);
- Setting the vision and mission for the District and monitor progress with Superintendent and Board goals;
- Adopting an annual budget for the District and having legal and fiduciary responsibility to the voters for its use;
- Hiring a superintendent to manage the operation of the District and evaluating the superintendent's performance;
- Serving as an elected representative between the school district and the community to ensure that local priorities are included in the education of children.
Interested in Becoming a Candidate?
A person may become a candidate for a place on the Board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the county auditor during the May filing period as prescribed by law. In the event that there are more than two candidates for any position on the Board, a primary election shall be held on the third Tuesday of August in the manner prescribed by law. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will appear on the election ballot in November. To get many of your questions answered about running for office, read the 2021 Kitsap County Candidate and Measures Guidelines book, or get a printed copy at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office - Elections Division, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366.
2021 Candidate Filing Dates
- May 3 - First day candidate filings can be received by mail
- May 17-21 - Filing Week
- May 24 - Deadline to withdraw
For other dates, please visit the Kitsap County Auditors/Elections website.
QualificationsTo be legally eligible for the office of school director, a person must be Registered to vote within the Bremerton School District attendance area. To be a registered voter, you must be a citizen of the United States of America, a legal resident of Washington State, and at least 18 years old by election day. Neither a Board member nor his/her spouse or interdependent family members may be employed by the school district, except when the member's spouse or family member was employed by the District prior to the election or appointment to the Board.
Each year, the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) features workshops for potential school directors. They will hold a series of (free) workshops throughout Washington to encourage citizens to learn about and consider school board service. Agendas include how to run for office and roles and responsibilities of school board directors. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit their site at www.wssda.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a school board director's term?School Board directors are elected to a 4-year term. In case of a Board vacancy, an appointee will fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled Board election, at which time a director will be elected for the unexpired term, if any. Elections for BSD Directors occur only in odd years (i.e., 2021, 2023).
When does a newly-elected Board member begin?After the county elections officer certifies the November election results, the newly elected Board member(s) take office at the next official Board meeting - normally the 2nd Thursday in December.
How often does the School Board meet?The BSD Board holds regular meetings on most first and third Thursdays at 5:00 pm. Exceptions are November, December, January, April and July, where we hold only one "regular" meeting on the second Thursday of those months. These dates occasionally change due to conflicts with holidays or school breaks.
What is the time commitment?Regular meetings average 1 to 2 hours. Special Study Sessions normally occur at least one time per month and lasts 1 to 3 hours. Additional time is needed for study/review of meeting materials as well as participation in other functions, such as school visits, community or school meetings, and graduations. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact our superintendent or a current member of the BSD Board to gather more information.For agendas, meetings, and other information, please visit our BoardDocs website. See what the Board is talking about! If you have any questions or comments about BoardDocs, please send them to email@example.com.
WA State School Directors Assn.
WA State Secretary of State
Kitsap Co. Auditors - Elections
Washington State Legislature