Director Appointment FAQ

FAQ's About School Board Director Appointments

Note:  This information is specific to the appointment to the vacant Position No. 5.

Thank you for your interest in applying for appointment to the Tacoma School Board.  Below we've listed some frequently asked questions about the appointment process and what to do if you decide you would like to continue serving after appointment.   We hope you find this information helpful.

Q:  Am I eligible to serve on the Tacoma School Board?

A:  If you are a citizen of the United States and the state of Washington, as well as a registered voter of the Tacoma School District, you are eligible. (RCW 28A.343.340)

 Q:  What's the process for being appointed? 

A:  The District's process for filling a vacancy on the school board through appointment is provided in District Policy 1114, Board Member Resignation and Vacancy.   

Q:  If appointed, when does my term begin?

A:  Your appointment begins upon your swearing-in.

 Q:  How do I get sworn in?

A:  This usually happens at your first board meeting after appointment.  A school official will administer your oath or affirmation free of charge. You will then sign a written oath of office and the district will file it with the county auditor.


Q:  How long does my appointment last?

 A:  Your appointment will last until the next regular school board election in November 2021. 

 Q:  As an appointed board director, will I be able to vote like the elected board directors?

A:  Yes.  As an appointed board director, your vote equals that of an elected board director. You also have the same rights, duties and obligations as an elected board director. 

 Q:  As a newly appointed board director, will I receive any training?

A:  Yes.  District Policy 1112, Director Orientation, states that newly-appointed directors will receive materials and assistance with understanding the policies and procedures of the board.  Board directors are also encouraged to attend meetings, workshops and conferences locally, statewide and nationally to increase their competency as board directors.                                                                

Q:  What if I'd like to continue serving on the school board?

A:  Just remember to plan ahead.   If you would like to run for election to the seat in November 2021, you will need to file your candidacy during Filing Week in May of 2021 with the Pierce County Auditor's Office. For filing information, see the website of the Secretary of State's Office at or call (360) 902-4180 or email:

 A primary election in August may take place.  In the November 2021 election, either you or your successor will be elected to serve this seat's unexpired term of two years.  (Note:  The regular term of office for an elected school board member of Tacoma School District is six years, but the next elected director for this seat will only serve a portion of that term in accordance with state law, due to the vacancy that has occurred).   If you choose to run for election in November 2023, either you or your successor will be elected to a new six-year term.  

 Q: Is there anything I have to do once I have filed?

A:  Yes.  Within two weeks of becoming a candidate, you must file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement and Candidate Registration with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.  See for more information.  You may also want to visit the Washington State School Directors' Association's website at for more information about school board elections.

Q:  If I'm elected, when does my term begin?

 A:  It begins once your election has been certified by the Secretary of State's Office (usually by mid-November) and once you have been sworn in.

 Q:  Are there any other required filings once I've been elected? 

A:  Yes. You must continue to file a financial disclosure statement and to report all of your campaign finances to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) annually.   For more information see   


Legal Disclaimer:  The above FAQs are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or guidance on any topic.