November 2019 Election

School Board Candidate Workshop

When: Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Administration Building Boardroom at 5150 220th AVE SE.

Why: ISD Director and WSSDA Past President, Marnie Maraldo, will present an overview of policy governance and the role of the school board; time commitments and what it is like to serve on the ISD board; and information on how to run for election.


Please email Diane Ghanbari, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at or call 425-837-7002.

November 2019 Election

This November, four of the five Issaquah School District seats will be up for election, including Districts, 1, 3, 4, and 5. School Board directors are elected to four-year terms by Issaquah School District voters.

Specific responsibilities of board members include, but are not limited to: monitoring superintendent performance; setting district policy; adopting an annual operating budget; placing levies and bonds before voters; and ratifying contracts negotiated with the local bargaining unit.

Individuals who wish to run for one of the four seats up for election must file with King County Elections.

The key filing dates and deadlines for 2019 are:

  • In person: May 13-17, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Online: May 13-17, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • More details, including filing fees and instructions for the November 2019 election are available on the King County Department of Elections Website.

To run, an individual must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a registered voter in Washington State
  • Reside within the boundaries of the representative District for which they are running

Prospective candidates must call Diane Ghanbari at 425-837-7002 to make an appointment to verify residency in person at the District Office at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah.

Prospective candidates may use this online Director District map to initially determine whether they live in Director District 1, 3, 4, or 5. (Note: In order to keep the Director District map's file size compatible for web posting, all streets are not shown—so some boundaries may not be completely clear. Please allow time for the map to load.) Use this map to see general boundary information only. Candidates must confirm residency in Director Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 as noted above.

Serving on the School Board

The local school board is a uniquely American institution that has made  public schools flexible and responsive to the needs of local communities. The school board represents a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. Members focus on:

  • Establishing school district goals;
  • Providing for program development activities;
  • Overseeing the financial affairs of the district;
  • Adopting operating policies;
  • Assuring systematic review and evaluation of all phases of the school program; and
  • Advocating on behalf of students and schools.

Board Terms and Time Commitments

School board members are elected to four-year terms.

Beginning in 2019, School Board meetings will typically be held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Work study sessions are typically held prior to regular board meetings starting at 5:00 p.m.

The duties of a School Board member involve preparation, participation, and attendance at meetings and other functions, such as community meetings and graduation exercises. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact a member of the current Board of Directors to ask what the experience is like and what is involved.

For more information on school boards, visit the Washington State School Directors' Association web site.