School Board Director Districts

Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, Arlington Public Schools is required to redraw its Board of Directors’ districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Arlington Public Schools completed a redistricting process in June of 2022.

Redistricting of school board director areas does NOT affect student attendance boundaries.

There are five Board of Directors’ districts in Arlington Public Schools, one for each board seat. Candidates for the Arlington School Board must run for the seat of the director district in which they live. Having five director districts ensures there is geographic diversity represented on the Board, even though each Board seat is elected by all district voters. This means that although candidates are limited to running only for the seat of the director district in which they live, each of the five directors represents the entire district.

As the population in Arlington Public Schools changes, the US Census conducted every 10 years ensures the Board’s geographic representation is balanced.

District Area Criteria

State law (RCW 29A.76.010) requires that the plan for redrawn school board director areas be consistent with the following criteria:

- Each internal director, council, or commissioner district shall be as nearly equal in population
- Each district shall be as compact as possible
- Each district shall consist of geographically contiguous area
- Population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party
- To the extent feasible, the district areas shall coincide with existing recognized natural perimeters
- To the extent possible, the district areas shall preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest

The maps shown at the link below detail the boundaries of each director district.

Director District Map (June 13, 2022)

Final Map Package (June 6, 2022)

Presentation (June 6, 2022)

Public Notice (May 10, 2022)

Questions regarding the draft maps and presentation should be directed to Executive Director of Operations, Brian Lewis, at [email protected].