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How to Become a School Board Member

What does the school board do?

The board’s major responsibility is setting the Lake Oswego District policies. The board has one employee, the superintendent, who in turn hires staff. Board members must also:

  • Establish and adopt the Lake Oswego School District budget. 
  • Approve Lake Oswego School District curriculum adoption.
  • Set goals, evaluate progress toward those goals such as the Lake Oswego 2020-21 Plan and Strategic Financial Plan.
  • Ask voters to approve bond measures and local option levies.
  • Advocate with the legislature on behalf of Lake Oswego school children.
  • Guide collective bargaining with LOSD employee groups.

For more information about how to become a school board candidate visit the Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) website.