Board of Directors


Legal Status

The board of directors of the Blaine School District is the corporate entity established by the state of Washington to plan and direct all aspects of the district's operations to the end that students shall have ample opportunity to achieve their individual and collective learning needs.

The policies of the board define the organization of the board and the manner of conducting its official business. The board's operating policies are those that the board adopts from time to time to facilitate the performance of its responsibilities.


The corporate name of this school district is Blaine School District No.503, Whatcom County, State of Washington. The district is classified as a first-class district and is operated in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to first-class districts.

In order to achieve its primary goal of providing each child with the necessary skills and attitudes, commensurate with his/her ability, to become effective citizens, the board shall exercise the full authority granted to it by the laws of the state. Its legal powers, duties and responsibilities are derived from state statute and regulation. Sources such as the school code (Title 28A RCW), attorney general's opinions and regulations of the state board of education (Title 180 WAC) and the state superintendent of public instruction (Title 392 WAC) delineate the legal powers, duties and responsibilities of the board.

Number Of Members And Terms Of Office

The board shall consist of five members, elected by ballot by the registered voters of the district. Except as otherwise provided by law, board members shall hold office for terms of four years, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms of board members shall be staggered as provided by law.

Newly-elected directors shall take office at the first official meeting of the board of directors after the election results have been certified by the county auditor. Prior to beginning their term, directors shall take and subscribe to an oath of office.

Cross References:       Board Policy 1111                  Oath of office

Legal References:        RCW  28A.150.230                Basic Education Act of 1977
RCW  28A.315.035                Organization of school districts
RCW  28A.343.300                Director — Elections — Terms — Numbers
RCW  28A.343.320                Directors — Declaration of candidacy
RCW  28A.343.330                Directors — Ballots — Form
RCW  28A.320.010                Corporate powers
RCW  28A.320.020                Liability for debts and  judgments
RCW  28A.320.040                Directors — Bylaws
RCW  28A.343.360                Directors — Oath of Office

                                    RCW 29A.20.030                   Local officers, beginning of terms – Organization of district boards of directors

                                    RCW 29A.20.040                  Local elected officials, commencement of term and office

Adoption Date:  August 27, 2007

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