School Board

March 26, 2021

Dear Northshore Community:

On behalf of the Northshore School District Board of Directors, I am writing to address the District’s continued commitment to bring students back into our schoolhouses.  Since the Governor closed schools in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board remains focused on following the evolution of the Governor’s and DOH requirements and guidelines with a commitment to the well-being of our students, families, and educators.  The Governor’s reduction of physical distancing between students in the classroom from 6 feet to 3 feet is an example of changing guidance we might expect to continue over the spring and into the summer. The Board supports our district’s continued work in being thoughtfully responsive to these changes, as we remain resolutely committed to sustaining and strengthening equitable educational experiences and outcomes for all students.

Regarding next fall, when we begin the school year of 2021-2022, we want the public to know clearly that we anticipate that all students will be allowed to attend school in-person, full-time, 5 days per week. This is our goal and aspiration for all  students,  unless we are required to do otherwise by the Governor and DOH.  We have been working with state officials to advocate for a full fall in-person return, and we will continue to do so.

Finally, I want to express our appreciation to all of you for your assistance, very diverse input and opinions, difficult questions, patience, and sharing of your trials and resilience in the face of extreme adversity. This journey together has been nothing less than frustrating, confusing, and just outright painful in so many ways.  However, it is our hope that when we get through the other side of this long and dark tunnel, we will look back and know that we got through this with our combined efforts and with continued respect for one another.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Bob Swain signature

Bob Swain
Northshore School Board

The Northshore School District Administrative Center is closed.

Until further notice, School Board meetings will be held virtually due to the growing threat of COVID-19, our desire to keep our people safe, and Governor Inslee’s proclamations regarding the need to limit in-person meetings and the need for social distancing. The public will have the ability to observe the board meeting in its entirety by live online streaming. Visit the Meeting Materials page to watch.

This also means the public will not be able to attend the regular board meeting in person and there will be no live public comment. However, the School Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues, and will continue to accept and review public comments via email. Individual comments for the regular School Board meetings may be submitted to before 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the day of the meeting. Those comments that comply to stated requirements will be included as part of the official meeting record that can be found online. 

Please provide the following information when submitting comments to be included in the official meeting record:

  1. Legal name;
  2. Contact information (telephone number & e-mail address);
  3. The topic of the comment you would like to address; and
  4. If you wish to submit a comment for the “Public Comment” portion of the meeting, please type "Public Comment" and the meeting date in the subject line of the email.

The Northshore School District is collaborating at its highest level to use every resource at our disposal to keep our children and community safe. Thank you.

School board attending a WSSDA event

From left to right: Director McGourty, Superintendent Reid, Director Hayes, Director Swain, Director Cast, Director Cogan

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School Board members exemplify citizen ownership and decision-making in the schools. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that schools are providing the best education for children.

Board members are elected for four-year terms on a staggered basis. The board is the policy-making body for the district, while the superintendent is responsible for implementing those policies and plans. Board members make all final decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, personnel, textbooks, expenditures and growth management.

The Board adopts a budget that is necessary to maintain and operate the schools. To enhance state revenue, the Board also proposes levy and bond issues for community consideration.

Board members appreciate community involvement and input regarding the operation of the district. The board can better represent the community when district residents, students, staff members, and parents take the time to express their opinions and raise questions.

Contact Us

Jacqueline McGourty
School Board Vice President,
District 1

Bob Swain
School Board President,
District 2

David Cogan
School Board Member,
District 3

Sandy Hayes
School Board Member,
District 4

Amy Cast
School Board Member,
District 5

Shervon Frazier
Recording Secretary