The School Board is the governing and legislative body of the school district, responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the mission of educating our students to reach their full potential. District voters elect School Board members at large. In addition to setting policy, the board hires the superintendent; approves staff employment, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; sets local school levies; approves expenditures; approves educational programs (curriculum), and otherwise ensures that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in the district. School board members also advocate for the needs of Longview Public Schools and its students at the state and federal legislative level.
The School Board holds it regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Currently the board meetings are held remotely, per Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 order. The agendas for each board meeting will list the remote login in instructions. Once the mandate is lifted, meetings will be held at the Longview School District Administrative Office, located at 2715 Lilac Street. The meetings start at 6:30 pm. Special meetings will be held on an as-needed basis. The public is welcome to attend all regular and special meetings of the Board. Regular meeting agendas are posted to the Board’s web page at least three days prior to the Monday meeting. Special Meeting notices will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the special meeting. Official meeting minutes are posted after Board approval.
For individuals requesting a disability-related modification or accommodation, please contact the Board’s Assistant Secretary, Holly Pfenniger, at (360) 575-7016, at least four working days prior to the scheduled board meeting. These requests may be made by a person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in the public meeting.
Information about the duties and expectations of a school board member--and how to run for the publicly-elected volunteer office-- is available from the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA). WSSDA also offers workshops for board candidates around the state.