1000 - Legal Status and Operation

Policy: 1000
Section: 1000 - Board of Directors


Legal Status and Operation


Legal Status

The board of directors of the Kiona-Benton City School District is the corporate entity established by the state of Washington to plan and direct all aspects of the district's operations to the end that students will have ample opportunity to achieve their individual and collective learning needs.


The policies of the board define the organization of the board and its manner of conducting official business. The board's operating policies are those that the board adopts from time to time to facilitate the performance of its responsibilities.


The corporate name of this school district is Kiona-Benton City School District No. 52, Benton County, state of Washington. The district is classified as a second class district and is operated in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to second class districts.

In order to achieve its primary goal of providing each child with the necessary skills and attitudes, commensurate with his/her ability, to become effective citizens, the board will exercise the full authority granted to it by the laws of the state. Its 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, 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 board.

Number of Members and Terms of Office

The board will consist of five members, elected by ballot by the registered voters of the district. Except as otherwise provided by law, board members will hold office for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms of board members will be staggered as provided by law.

Newly-elected directors will 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 will take and subscribe to an oath of office.


Cross References:

1111 - Oath of Office


Legal References:

RCW 28A.150.230 Basic Education Act  – District school directors’ responsibilities

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.320.040 Directors – Bylaws for board and school government

RCW 28A.343.300 Director —Terms — Numbers

RCW 28A.343.320 Directors — Declarations of candidacy – Positions as separate offices

RCW 28A.343.330 Directors — Ballots — Form

RCW 28A.320.020 Liability for debts and judgments

RCW 28A.343.360 Directors — Oath of Office

RCW 29A.20.030 Local officers, beginning of terms – Organization of district boards of directors

RCW 29A.20.040 Local elected officials, commencement of term of office - Purpose


Adoption Date: 12.20.99

Kiona-Benton City School District
Classification: Priority
Revised Dates: 11.9.15