School District Legal Status

    File: AA

    The federal government has delegated to the states the responsibility for public education. In accepting this mandate, the State of Washington declares in its Common School Manual that: "A general and uniform system of public schools embracing the common schools shall be maintained throughout the state of Washington in accordance with Article IX of the state Constitution."

    Under law, the general management and supervision of public instruction in Washington is entrusted to such state and local officials, boards, and committees as the state constitution and the laws of the state provide.

    The Lake Washington School District of Redmond, Washington, is a body corporate. All property of the school district shall be held by the Board of Directors of the district as a corporation. Any liability of the district is a liability of the board as a corporation and not that of the members of the board as individuals. The board is a continuous corporate entity and the legality of its contracts is not conditioned by the official life of its members.

    Established by law.

    Washington State Constitution, Art. IX
    28A.02 RCW, generally
    28A.57 RCW, generally
    28A.58.600 through 28A.603
    180-24 WAC, generally

    BB, School Board Legal Status

    A diverse group of students working cooperatively together

    Foundations and Basic Commitments (Reference Code A)

    General School Administration (Reference Code C)

    District and school administrators working together

    Policies about the school district management, the administrative structure and school building and department administration. Here, you will find the personnel policies that pertain to one the superintendent. See the Personnel section below for all other personnel policies.

    Fiscal Management (Reference Code D)

    Support Services (Reference Code E)

    Facilities Development (Reference Code F)

    Personnel (Reference Code G)

    School principal and staff members working together in a classroomThe personnel policies are divided in three main subdivisions: topics that pertain to all employees; policies that pertain to professional personnel, including administrators, who must hold educational certification by the state to serve in their positions; and policies pertaining to all other personnel.

    Negotiations (Reference Code H)

    Staff members working together on a laptopThese policies pertain to the process of negotiating with staff units recognized by the school board.

    Instruction (Reference Code I)

    Student raises hand while elementary school teacher talks to classPolicies on instructional program: basic programs, special programs, activities programs, instructional resources and academic achievement.

    Students (Reference Code J)

    A group of diverse students sing during assemblyPolicies concerning students are found here: admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline and health and welfare services. Policies pertaining to the curriculum, instruction of students, and extracurricular programs are in the Instruction section.

    School-Community Relations (Reference Code K)

    Community volunteer works with elementary school studentPolicies affecting relations with the general public and with community and public agencies except other educational agencies and groups.

    Education Agency Relations (Reference Code L)