SJE Board Policy 1000 - Board of Directors


Legal Status And Operation



Legal Status


The board of directors of the St. John and Endicott School Districts are separate corporate entities established by the state of Washington to plan and direct all aspects of their respective districtsÕ operations to the end that students shall have ample opportunity to achieve their individual and collective learning needs.


The policies of the cooperative boards define the organization of the boards and the manner of conducting their official business. The boardsÕ operating policies are those that are separately adopted from time to time to facilitate the performance of their responsibilities.  The policies contained in this manual may be specific to one district without binding the other.  However, unless specifically stated, policies apply to both school districts.


The St. John and Endicott School Boards will create, revise and improve the policies of both districts as a combined policy manual instead of two distinctly different policy manuals.  The combined policy manual is designed to create a more cohesive cooperative organization for students, staff and community.  




The corporate names of this school districts are St. John School District No. 322 and Endicott School District No. 308, Whitman County, State of Washington. The districts are classified as second-class districts and is operated in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to second-class districts.


In order to achieve their primary goal of providing each child with the necessary skills and attitudes, commensurate with his/her ability, to become effective citizens, the boards shall exercise the full authority granted to them by the laws of the state. Their legal powers, duties and responsibilities are derived from state statute and regulation. Sources such as the school code (Title 28A RCW), attorney general's opinions and regulations of the state board of education (Title 180 WAC) and the state superintendent of public instruction (Title 392 WAC) delineate the legal powers, duties and responsibilities of the boards.




Number of Members and Terms of Office


Both boards shall consist of five members (ten total for the cooperative), elected by ballot by the registered voters of their respective districts. Except as otherwise provided by law, board members shall hold office for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms of board members shall be staggered as provided by law.


Newly-elected directors shall take office at the first official meeting of the board of directors after the election results have been certified by the county auditor. Prior to beginning their term, directors shall take and subscribe to an oath of office.


Cross References:

(cf. 1111 - Oath of office)



Legal References:

RCW 28A.150.230 Basic Education Act of 1977

RCW 28A.300.065 Classification and numbering system of school districts

RCW 28A.315.035 Organization of school districts

RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate powers

RCW 28A.320.020 Liability for debts and judgments

RCW 28A.320.040 Directors--Bylaws

RCW 28A.343.300 Directors--Terms--Numbers

RCW 28A.343.320 Directors--Declaration of candidacy

RCW 28A.343.330 Directors--Ballots--Form

RCW 28A.343.360 Directors--Oath of office

RCW 29.13.050  Commencement of terms of officers--Organization of district board of directors




Adoption Date:  5-28-08

St. John - Endicott Cooperative Schools