Seaside School District's Board of Directors

Board Chair: Brian Taylor

Board Vice-Chair: Chris Corder

Board Members: Chris Corder, Sondra Gomez, Michelle Hawken, Kevin LaCoste, Brian Owen, Shannon Swedenborg

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of a summer recess in July and in December the Board meets on the third Thursday), at 6:00 pm, in the secondary school library.  The agendas and meeting minutes are available from the drop-down menu above.  Meeting minutes are approved by the Board at the following month's meeting before being posted to the public. 

Our Board Members

Picture of Shannon Swedenborg

Zone 1 - Position 1
Cannon Beach

Shannon Swedenborg

Picture of Brian Taylor

Zone 2 - Position 2
Cannon Beach

Brian Taylor

Picture of Chris Corder

Zone 3 - Position 1

Chris Corder

Picture of Kevin LaCoste

Zone 4 - Position 2

Kevin LaCoste

Picture of Sondra Gomez

Zone 5 - Position 1

Sondra Gomez

Picture of Brian Owen

Zone 6 - Position 2

Brian Owen

Picture of Michelle Hawken

Zone 7 - Position 1
At Large

Michelle Hawken

Seaside School District Zones Map

        What Does A School Board Do?

        Why do we elect a school board to govern our schools? After all, we have professionals of whom we require advanced degrees and professional licenses. In our democratic system, every governmental agency requires citizen oversight. This is the way we do the public’s business in our country. Our system of oversight also provides several advantages in educating students. First, the system enables citizens to hold school districts accountable for the two valuable assets entrusted to it—the citizens’ children and the citizens’ money. Who better than tax paying citizens to ensure the most efficient use of resources in providing the best possible education? Second, our students learn best if the community truly cares about education and communicates that value at every opportunity. The effective school board advocates on behalf of the district, the students, and the importance of learning.

        Because they serve the community, board members must work with the public as they establish the mission and direction of education. It’s up to the board to engage the community in public education. A board member must be a skilled decision-maker and team player, a public-education advocate, a vital link between community and school, and a policy maker. As a public employer, the board establishes policies that govern the recruitment, employment, supervision, evaluation, and dismissal of employees.

        Embedded in most district policies is the understanding that an individual board member has no authority. Only a majority of the board, meeting in public, has the authority to make decisions.


        Board Roles:

     Hiring and supervising the superintendent

     Establishing district vision and goals

     Setting district policies

     Adopting a budget and aligning resources to priorities

     Approving contracts

Board Chair Roles:

     Presiding at, and ensuring the orderly conduct of, all meetings of the board

     Working with the superintendent in planning the board’s agendas

     Calling special meetings when required

     Appointing all committees and serving as an ex-officio member of those committees, unless otherwise ordered by the board

     Signing official documents that require the chair's signature

     Assuming other duties authorized by the board

Superintendent's Roles:

     Managing the district’s day-to-day activities

     Supervising all staff

     Creating action plans to meet the board’s goals and priorities

     Establishing regulations and procedures

     Overseeing district expenditures

     Handling employee relations

     Reporting progress to the board

     Collaborating with the board in the establishment of goals, policies, and the budge

Group picture of the Seaside School District Board Of Directors