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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 1450 - ABSENCE OF A BOARD MEMBER

Whenever possible each Board member shall give advance notice to the President or Superintendent of his/her inability to attend a board meeting. A majority of the Board may excuse a Board member’s absence from a meeting if requested to do so.

The board may declare a board member’s position vacant after four (4) consecutive unexcused absences from regular board meetings, if the absences were for reasons other than:

  1. Illness;
  2. Active or training military duty; or
  3. Those authorized by resolution of the Board.

If a Board member is on active duty or training status with the military, the Board shall grant an extended leave of absence to cover the period of service or training. The extended leave of absence may not have the effect of extending the Board member’s term. The Board also has the authority to appoint a temporary successor to the absent Board member’s position. The temporary successor shall serve until the Board member returns or the end of the Board member’s term.

Cross References:
Board Resignation and Vacancy - Policy 1114
Board Officers and Duties of Board Members - Policy 1220
Meeting Conduct, Order of Business, and Quorum - Policy 1400

Legal Reference:
Directors Quorum Failure to attend meetings - RCW 28A.343.390
Causes of vacancy - RCW 42.12.010
Leaves of absence of elective and judicial officers - RCW 73.16.041

Management Resources:
Law Grants Board Members Military Leave - Policy News, October 2001

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 2003
Revised by the Board: 9.08, 10.16
Classification: Priority