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Join Our Board! PSESD Board of Director Elections 7/15 - 9/16

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is seeking a diverse group of representatives who are committed to racial equity, to consider becoming members of the PSESD Board of Directors. The PSESD End, or mission, is Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading With Racial Equity. Learn more about the PSESD.

About the PSESD Board of Directors

The PSESD Board of Directors is comprised of nine elected members from various areas in our region. PSESD board members are elected by board members of the 35 school districts in our region. Four of the nine positions are open for election this year. Elections will be held in October, with new board members sworn in this coming January, 2020.

We are seeking community members who are committed to eliminating opportunity gaps and leading with racial equity, participating in monthly board meetings to approve financials and policies regarding the operations of the agency, connecting PSESD with educational leaders and community members, and ultimately ensuring the PSESD achieves its End:  Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading With Racial Equity.  Please also see the Board job description. Board members should embody the PSESD agency-wide competencies of cultural proficiency, racial equity advocacy, racial equity mindset and living into transformational values. 

  • Cultural proficiency:  Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of students and communities of color in order to support racial equity.  Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion, and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners, and communities to meet the Agency's End and goal of becoming an antiracist multicultural organization in support of eliminating the opportunity gap.  (Reference:  Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
  • Racial equity advocate:  Recognizes, supports, and engages in dismantling institutional racism.  Partners with, and is accountable to stakeholders, including children, families, and communities of color.  (Reference:  Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
  • Racial equity mindset:  Demonstrates awareness of biases, internalized racial superiority and oppression.  Leads with a racial equity lens and actively uses the racial equity tool in meaningful ways.  (Reference:  Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
  • Transformational values:  Contributes to valuable and positive, antiracist transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems in an effort to actively progress across the antiracist multicultural institution continuum.  Is able to foster a sense of community and shared purpose via collaboration and cooperation with others inside and outside PSESD. Embodies the principles and practices that form the Agency’s culture. Operates from an abundance mentality that recognizes opportunities, and is optimistic and realistic about the future.  As stated by the document Transforming Institutional Values: Revisited (Crossroads Antiracism and Organizing and Training), “Transforming values create an institutional environment that makes accountability to people of color and other socially oppressed groups possible."

PSESD Districts Up for Election

District 2 - Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, and North, Central, West Seattle Census Tracts/Neighborhoods as follows:

  • 3400, 3500 – Greenwood/Phinney Ridge
  • 4500, 5000, 5100, 5200 – Wallingford
  • 4600 – Green Lake
  • 4700 – Ballard
  • 4800, 4900, 5400 – Fremont
  • 5301, 5302 – University District
  • 5600 – Magnolia
  • 5801 – Interbay
  • 5900, 6000, 6700, 6800, 6900, 7000, 7100  – Queen Anne
  • 6100, 6200 – Montlake/Portage Bay
  • 6300 – Madison Park
  • 6400, 7600 – Miller Park
  • 6500 – North Capitol Hill
  • 6600, 7200, 7300 – Cascade/Eastlake
  • 7401, 7402, 7500, 8400 – Capitol Hill
  • 7700, 7900, 8700 – Central Area/Squire Park
  • 8001, 8002 – Belltown
  • 8100 – Downtown Commercial Core
  • 8200, 8300, 8500, 8600 – First Hill
  • 9100, 9200 – Pioneer Square/International District
  • 9300 – Duwamish/SODO
  • 9800, 10500, 9702, 9800, 10500 – West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill
  • 9900 – North Delridge
  • 9600, 9701 – Alki/Admiral
  • 10300 – Highland Park
  • 10600 – Fauntleroy/Seaview
  • 10702 – High Point
  • 10800 – Riverview
  • 11401 – Roxhill/Westwood

District 4 - Lake Washington, Northshore, Skykomish, Riverview

District 6 - Auburn, Puyallup, Dieringer, Sumner, Tahoma, Snoqualmie Valley, Enumclaw

District 8 - Tacoma, Peninsula, University Place

This is a volunteer (unpaid) position, although travel expenses and child care costs for Board meetings are reimbursed. There is no financial expectation from you as a board member. Board meetings are generally on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Please review the full Board job description

To find your 2010 Census Tract, please visit the Census Tract Reference Map via the City of Seattle website.

Board Member Eligibility

To be eligible for membership on an ESD board, a candidate must be a registered voter and live in the ESD and director district for which the candidate files. ESD board members serve a four-year term and are elected by the members of local school boards within each ESD. Terms of office for ESD board members elected in fall 2019 begin the first Monday in January 2020.

How to Apply

Declarations of candidacy and optional candidate statements must be filed with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) between September 1 and September 16. Voting, by mail-in ballot, will take place in early October.

In late August, declaration of candidacy and candidate statement forms will be available through the OSPI Administrative Resources website.

For more information or if you are interested in running for a seat on our board please contact

Board Recruitment Outreach Flyer
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Board Application Checklist Flyer
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John Welch Speaking at School Safety Press Conference

Leaders from the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) joined legislators, school staff and student representatives on September 22, for a news conference urging broader support and additional funding for school safety and student mental health services.

Read More about ESDs, superintendents, state legislators and students push for additional support to address student safety and mental health.

On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. The investment, funded through voter-approved Sound Transit 3 proceeds, supports King County children and youth across the entire age spectrum, from early learning through postsecondary completion.  

Of the $318 million investment in the King County Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA):

  • $153.8 million will support the development of early learning facilities
  • $29.6 million will support community-based organizations working with students in the K–12 grades
  • $112.4 million will go to the King County Promise, which provides advising support for underserved high school and college students to get them to and through college
  • $22.6 million will be reserved for administration and evaluation
Read More about King County Promise Legislation Passed
AESD School Accreditation Services

Learn how AESD Accreditation aligns with School Improvement Planning and can help your school to provide the most value for your students.

LIT Interns

High school students are invited to learn with us and influence the work of the organization into the future. Interns will be part of LIT (Leaders in Training), and participate in learning and leadership sessions with other interns

Interns are compensated $15/hour and need to have transportation to meeting locations and worksite. Internships are held at PSESD (800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, 98057). 
A transportation stipend of $100 is provided.

Welcoming Balloons

The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Annual budgets for ESAs total approximately $15  billion.

Read More about AESA Welcomes PSESD, John Welch, to the Executive Council
Children Reading

We are on track for school budget cuts that disproportionately hurt students of color and those who are living in poverty — the very students who are negatively impacted by the opportunity gap we are all striving to close.

2019 Classified School Employee of the Year. Nominate Onlin

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 PSESD Classified School Employee of the Year. This annual award recognizes and honors the work of school and district classified staff. PSESD’s Regional Classified School Employee of the Year will serve as one of nine finalists for OSPI’s annual statewide award, which will be announced in the spring.

Read More about 2019 Classified School Employee of the Year Nominations