The Board is composed of five district citizens elected by the district voters who serve staggered four-year terms. Their authority is established by the Washington State Legislature (in Section 28A of the Revised Code of Washington) and they act under the direction and restrictions of state law. Acting as secretary to the School Board, the Superintendent is responsible to them for implementing policies and for operation of the schools.
The Board recognizes the value of student participation in decision making for the school district. The Board selects a high school junior in January of each year to act as a communication link with the High School Student Body for a one-year term. The student role is advisory and non-voting in accordance with state law.
The Board recognizes that it has an obligation to the people of the Omak School District to plan the best possible program of education and to expend revenues wisely.
The Board is responsible to:
Establish general policy for the school system;
Employ school personnel upon recommendation of the superintendent;
Adopt and revise the annual operating budget;
Exercise the legislative powers conferred or implied by the Legislature in administering school functions;
Select and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools.
Regular school board meetings are held in the Board Room of the District Administration Building located at 619 W. Bartlett Avenue, Omak. Meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. (The exception would be December, as to accommodate the Christmas break.) To view the current board agenda, click on the left margin under agendas.
Board members welcome and appreciate community involvement and input regarding the operation of the district. They can better represent the community when district residents, students, staff members and parents take time to express their opinions and raise questions. All citizens are encouraged to attend Board meetings.
School Board goals for 2011-2012:
1. Successful passage of the 2012 School and Operations Levy.
2. Improve Student Achievement, as measured by these indicators:
a. Test Scores
b. Graduation Rates
c. Academic, Professional, and Workforce Readiness
d. 1-3-5 year Graduate Follow-up Surveys
3. Preparation for Successful Adult Living, Vocational Careers, Active Citizenship, and
4. Student-Centered Learning -- 2012 and Beyond.
Omak School District prepares students to participate in a democratic society by striving to ensure that all students meet or exceed district, state and federal learning requirements, in an environment where they are safe and secure.