Reminder: Learn about the role of a school board member on March 8

cropped-dsc_0018.jpgLearn about the role of a school board director and get information about the three board seats open in the November 2017 General Election during a community meeting on Wednesday, March 8.

People interested in vying for a seat on the school board, as well as those who want to learn more about the role, are encouraged to attend the meeting. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia.

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich will share opening remarks, followed by guest speaker Tim Garchow, executive director of the Washington State School Directors Association.

Garchow will explain about the role and responsibilities of a school board member. His presentation will be followed by remarks from two veteran Olympia School Board directors: Eileen Thomson, who serves as board president this year, and Vice President Frank Wilson.

There will be three Olympia School Board director seats on the November 7, 2017 election ballot:

  • Director District #3, currently held by Eileen Thomson; 4-year term.
  • Director District #4, currently held by Justin Montermini. He was re-elected to the seat in November 2015; however, he has since moved outside of director district #4 but lives within the school district. The person elected to this seat will serve the remaining two years of the term.
  • Director District #5, currently held by Mark Campeau; 4-year term.

People interested in vying for a seat on the board may mail, drop off in person, or submit their application online to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division.

The Elections Division will begin accepting candidate filings by mail on May 1, and they must arrive at the elections office no later than May 19. Candidates may also fill out and submit an application online during candidate filing week May 15-19.

For more information about filing for an open seat on the school board, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division website.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, reside in the district for which they are filing and be a registered voter at the time of filing. There are some judicial exceptions; for more information, contact Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division at (360) 786-5408.

A primary election will be held on August 1, 2017, followed by a general election on November 7.

Maps of the district’s five director districts will be on display during the March 8 community meeting. Copies of the maps, including an interactive map in which community members can type in their address to find their director district, are also available on the school district website.