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School Board District 1 Director Appointment Application is Open

School Board District 1 Director Appointment Application is Open

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School Board is appointing one new director to fill District 1. The District 1 director position was vacated through resignation, effective March 20, 2024.  

The appointment process for this seat is now open. Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is inviting our community to review information about the process. All interested candidates should apply between April 17 and April 21, 2024.

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School Board expects to have the appointed director take the oath of office by June 12, 2024. The legal deadline for appointments is 90 days after the resignation effective date, which would be June 19, 2024.

Under state law, this vacancy is filled by the School Board through appointment. Please refer to Sumner-Bonney Lake School Board Policy 1114 and Procedure 1114P for additional information. 

To be eligible, state law requires candidates to be United States citizens and registered voters of District 1. 

District 1 Map (Full Map Here)

Upon receipt of application materials, the district will consult with the Pierce County Elections Department to confirm eligibility. Candidates determined to be ineligible due to voter registration status/residency will not be considered for appointment. 

Term for Appointment: When a School Board seat vacancy occurs outside the regular election cycle, the current board appoints a candidate to fill the vacancy until the next regular School Board election. The District 1 position was on the 2021 ballot and has roughly two years remaining. The appointment will run through the remainder of the present term. District 1 will be up for election in November 2025 for a 4-year regular term. 

School Board Directors cannot receive a salary for board service under state law. Directors receive per diem payments of $50 per event and for performing other services on behalf of the school district. The total cannot exceed $4,800 per year. (Policy 1730) 

Please note: Per 1114P, newly appointed school board members will be subject to fingerprinting checked using a complete Washington State Criminal identification card and required to have a records check through the Washington State Patrol criminal identification system under RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.834, 10.97.030, and 10.97.050 and the federal bureau of investigation before assuming duties. The District will reimburse a Director for the associated background and fingerprint check expenses if incurred. 

More information about our school board is available on our website at


Applications available April 17 - April 21

Applications reviewed by the school board April 22 - May 3

Interviews in open session May 15, 2024

Candidates notified: No later than May 17, 2024

Oath of office and begin duties June 12, 2024


The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District does not discriminate in any programs, services, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or serving animal by a person with a disability.  The district provides equal access to the Boys Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. 

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District will also take steps to assure that persons without English language skills can participate in all education programs, services, and activities.  For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs contact the Director of Student Services.

The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Compliance Officer Adrienne Chacón, Director of Human Resources,; ADA Coordinator, Robert Gallagher, Director of Human Resources,; Section 504 Coordinator Karen Finigan, Executive Director of Special Services,; 1202 Wood Avenue, Sumner, WA 98390.