The seven-member Bethel School Board is the policy-making body of the school district. The board derives its legal authority from the statutes of the State of Oregon.
The board selects the superintendent as the district’s executive officer and delegates the responsibility for implementing its policies and plans to the superintendent. The board also has the annual responsibility of adopting a balanced school district budget. Board members serve without pay.
The school board usually meets in regular public sessions at 6:30 p.m. on some Mondays of the month during the regular school year. at the Bethel District Office located at 4640 Barger Drive in Eugene. This schedule sometimes varies, and special meetings and work sessions are scheduled as necessary. The Bethel School District Board of Directors will conduct meetings in-person and virtually, unless otherwise noted.
The agenda for school board meetings and background information about the agenda are posted online in advance of each school board meeting.
How to watch: Meetings are broadcasted live on Zoom. Video recordings are posted online after each meeting.
How to attend: Seating for audience members to attend board meetings in-person is limited due to COVID-19. In addition, the Bethel board room is relatively small. Those who wish to attend to provide public comment will be asked to leave following the public comment portion of the meeting.
The Bethel School Board encourages public input. There is a time for public comments scheduled near the beginning of each regular board meeting. Comments do not need to be related to items on the meeting agenda. Audience members who wish to speak must sign up before the meeting. To sign up for public comment, please complete this form by noon the day of the board meeting. Community members may also submit written comments via email to email@example.com. All meetings are on Mondays at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Comments also may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Bethel School Board, 4640 Barger Drive, Eugene OR, 97477. For questions and information please call 541-689-3280.
Hard copies of all public board meeting documents from prior meetings are also kept on file at the district office, including public comments that are submitted online or in person. Members of the public can review the materials at the district office located at 4640 Barger Drive in Eugene.
School board policies are available online. Copies of school board policies and the district’s administrative rules also can be reviewed at the Bethel School District, 4640 Barger Drive.
LINK to school board policies
The school board sets goals for itself and district administration; these goals are posted online. LINK
Board members are elected from the district at large, not from geographical zones. Board elections occur in May of each odd numbered year. The four-year term of office for board members begins in July immediately following the election, usually at the re-organizational meeting after July 1 when the oath of office is administered.
When a position on the board is vacated before the end of the term, the position will be open for election at the next school board election. The school board will solicit applicants and select by majority vote a community member to appoint to the vacant position until June 30th following the next regular election.
To be eligible to serve on the board, a person must be a registered voter in the school district, must have been a resident of the district for one year immediately preceding the election, and may not be an employee of the district or any charter school within the district.
Resources provided by the Oregon School Boards Association:
How to Become a School Board Candidate