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Kent School Board Director Positions Open as Terms Come to an End

During the April 28 regular board meeting, Director Joseph Bento affirmed he will seek election for his position as Kent School Board director, which he was appointed to in January 2021 by the school board midterm.  Because this was a mid-term appointment, Director Bento must now be elected. The term for this director position also expires in November 2021.  

Both Kent School Board President Denise Daniels and Director Maya Vengadasalam announced at previous school board meetings this year they will not be seeking reelection when their terms end this fall in November 2021.

Candidates interested in the open board positions must meet several requirements by state law and must file with King County elections May 17–21, 2021, for the November 2, 2021, general election. This is not a paid position.

To meet the requirements for board members, an applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a permanent residence within the boundaries of District 1, District 4, or District 5.
  • Be a registered voter.
  • Not hold another incompatible public office position.

What does a school board do?

School directors work together to oversee the school district. As a board, their primary responsibilities are:

  • Hire, supervise and evaluate the superintendent
  • Set the vision, mission, and strategic goals for the district
  • Review, revise and adopt policies
  • Establish and oversee the budget
  • Serve as community representatives
  • Monitor the district’s progress towards its goals

The guide to serving on your local school board

The Serving on Your Local School Board guide provides background on the history of public education in the United States and the key roles and responsibilities of school boards.

WA School Board Standards

The Washington School Board Standards are intended for use by local school boards and individual directors as a common framework for school board governance. Two sets of standards were developed to encourage school boards and individual school directors to subscribe to the highest levels of professional and personal conduct and performance.

The standards identify the elements of good governance and effective board leadership as drawn from best practices and current research. They provide shared understanding of what constitutes good governance. They also validate and affirm the importance of the school board’s role in ensuring student success.

Washington State Public Disclosure Commission 

Be aware of state requirements for all candidates and elected officials to file a financial disclosure statement and report all campaign finances to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Annual filing is required if elected. More information can be found at: pdc.wa.gov/learn.

Learn more about serving on a school board from the Washington State School Directors Association or contact the Kent School Board with questions.