District-Based School Board Elections

Introduction 

The School Board is a five-member elected body where all members are currently elected at-large.  Under at-large voting, all voters within the School District boundaries cast their ballot for all School Board candidates.  The School Board has found that the current at-large voting system may violate the Washington Voting Rights Act.  To correct the potential violation, it is being proposed that voting districts be adopted by the School Board where four members would be required to reside in a specific voting district and be elected only by voters within that same voting district.  In addition, there would remain one member that is elected at-large. 

Washington Voting Rights Act (Ch. 29A.92 RCW) 

The Washington Voting Rights Act provides a process for the board to change its election system. The process requires public notice of the proposed redistricting plan, a comment period, and a public hearing. 

On April 12, 2022, the Board determined the best course of action would be to move to a district-based voting system with four director districts with one at large position. 

Board approval of a new election system by November 7, 2022, will result in a new election for all Wenatchee School District Board of Directors’ positions in the November 2023 General Election. Utilizing the newly adopted election system all members of the Board will need to run in the general election in November 2023.  After the election of all the members of the Board under the Plan, the District may subsequently choose to stagger the terms of its positions.

Proposed voting district maps (4 districts, 1 at-large)

View map and demographic detail 

Public Hearing 

Input on the voting district proposal can be provided at the public hearing currently scheduled for June 14, 2022, at 6:00 pm, at the District Office located at 235 Sunset Ave., Wenatchee, Washington.

Additional ways to privide input

Input can also be provided prior to the public hearing by submitting a written comment at the District Office or by email at white.k@wenatcheeschools.org

Resources

School Board Meetings I View board meeting presentations on the election system change.
2/22/22 Board Meeting Packet
4/12/22 Board Meeting Packet
4/26/22 Board Meeting Packet
5/10/22 Board Meeting Packet

Voters Rights Act
2020 Census Data