The Washougal School District Board of Education consists of five citizens of the school district elected from director districts for a four-year term. Any resident may run for election to the board providing the candidate meets certain legal qualifications.
Board members serve without pay. In Washington, education is defined as a function of the state government by the constitution. Legislative actions have created school boards to serve as agents of the state to administer the school functions which have been delegated to local districts. School board members are responsible to the voters and act under the restrictions of state law.
The board provides direction for the district, approving policies, making financial decisions, validating strategic planning long-range goals, and approving the budget. The progress of the district is reviewed regularly by the board. The board relies on the superintendent for advice, but final decisions are the responsibility of the school board.