Serving on the School Board
School Board Candidate Filing, May 17-21, 2021
This November, two of the five Mercer Island School Board seats will be up for election. This includes board positions 2 and 4.
School Board directors are elected to four-year terms by Mercer Island voters.
Individuals who wish to run for one of the two seats up for election must file with King County Elections between May 17-21.
To run, an individual must be a registered voter living in Mercer Island. If more than two people file for a single position a primary election will take place in August.
What are the legal qualifications to become a Board member?
A candidate for the Board of Directors must be a:
- Resident of Mercer Island
- Registered voter in the school district
(To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington State and at least 18 years old by Election Day.)Neither a Board member nor his/her spouse or interdependent family members may be employed by the school district, except when the Board member’s spouse was employed by the district before the election or appointment to the Board.
What are the primary election requirements?
Candidates who meet the legal qualifications above must file a Declaration of Candidacy with King County Elections within the filing period in May. There is no filing fee. The general election is in November but the Primary Election Day is in August. If no more than two (2) people file for a position, there is no primary election for that position.
What are the November election procedures?Board members are elected by registered voters of the district. Newly elected Board members take office at the first official Board meeting following the certification of election results by the county auditor or county elections officer.
How often does the School Board meet?Board meetings are typically held the second and fourth Thursday of each month during the school year, at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. The meeting schedule and start-times are subject to change.
What time commitment is required?The duties of a School Board member involve an average minimum commitment of 18-20 hours per month for preparation, participation and attendance at meetings and other functions, such as community meetings, and graduation exercises. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact a member of the current Board of Directors to ask what the experience is like and what is involved.
How long is a School Board member’s term?School Board members are elected to a term of four (4) years.
How are vacancies filled when a Board member leaves prior to the end of his or her term?
In case of a Board vacancy, the remaining Board members will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled Board election, at which time a director will be elected for the unexpired term, if any. Applications for the vacancy will be posted on the district website. Interviews of candidates will take place during a meeting open to the public.