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Dorn Announces State Board Elections

OLYMPIA — September 24, 2015 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct an election in November 2015 for three elected positions to the State Board of Education (Eastern Region Position 1, Western Region Position 3 and Private School representative).

The State Board is composed of 16 members:

  • two members from the eastern region of the state, elected by public school directors;
  • three members from the western region, elected by public school directors;
  • one member, at large, elected by approved private schools;
  • the superintendent of public instruction;
  • seven members appointed by the governor;
  • and two student representatives selected by the state board itself.

Candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent. They cannot be employed by any public or private school, college, university or other educational institution, any educational service district, or the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction after being elected to the State Board. Persons elected to the board may not concurrently serve as a member of the board of directors of either a public school district or a private school.

Declaration of Candidacy forms for the positions may be filed with the Superintendent of Public Instruction not earlier than September 10, 2015, and not later than September 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Please note that Declaration of Candidacy forms postmarked after September 30, 2015 will not be accepted. Mail Declaration of Candidacy forms to Administrative Resource Services, OSPI, PO Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

Ballots will be mailed to school directors on or before October 31, 2015. Voting will be by mail and ballots must be postmarked on or before November 30, 2015 in order to be counted. Ballots will be returned to Administrative Resource Services, OSPI, PO Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

The State Board of Education helps develop programs that prepare each student for the future. It provides leadership, support and advocacy, through policy, to help each student achieve success in school and life.

If you have questions regarding the process, you may contact Kristin Murphy with Administrative Resource Services at 360-725-6133 or by email,


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Kristen Jaudon
Communications Specialist
(360) 725-6032 |

Nathan Olson
Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015 |

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 9/24/2015

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