What Are School Boards and Why are they Important?desks in a classroom with title overlay what is a school board and why are they important.

By Nathan Sosa, WCD Comms Team Volunteer

Oregon school boards are a part of The Oregon Department of Education.

The Oregon public school system is divided into numerous geographic districts. Washington County contains eighteen such districts. Each district is overseen by a Board of Directors, and these directors are volunteers who are elected to four-year terms.

The board typically meets once a month to fulfill a variety of tasks.

The Oregon School Board’s duties include the following:

  • Hire and/or evaluate the school district’s superintendent;
  • Set and oversee policy for the district;
  • Establish the district’s budget;
  • Guide collective bargaining;
  • Act as a link between the public and district employees; and
  • Advocate for the interests and needs of the district.

Board decisions can have a significant effect on students, their families, and the community

Topics such as curriculum, classroom size, the allocation of resources, the presence of security officers on-campus, and other hot-button issues make the role of board members vital.

The Washington County School Districts can be found here.