Legal Status and Operation 1000

Legal Status

The board of directors of the Rochester 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 Rochester School District No. 401, Thurston County, state of Washington. The district is classified as a second‑class district and is operated in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to second-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 — District school directors' responsibilities
RCW 28A 300.065 Classification and numbering system of school districts
RCW 28A.315.035 Organization of school districts
RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate powers
RCW 28A.320.020 Liability for debts and judgments
RCW 28A.320.040 Directors — Bylaws for board and school government
RCW 28A.343.300 Director —Terms — Numbers
RCW 28A.343.320 Directors — Declarations of candidacy — Positions as separate offices
RCW 28A.343.330 Directors — Ballots — Forms
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 of office — Purpose

Adoption Date: September 22, 1999

Classification: Priority

Revised: 08/05