Vashon Island School District

To equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world.

School Board 

Dan Chasan
Position #1
Term: 11/14-11/18
17228 Westside Highway S. W.
Vashon, WA 98070
206 463-2571

Bob Hennessey
Position #2 
Term: 11/13-11/17
23402 107th Avenue SW
Vashon, WA  98070

Zabette Macomber 
Position #3
Term: 11/15 - 11/18
12803 SW 236th Street
Vashon, WA  98070
Steve Ellison
Position #4
Term: 11/13 - 11/17
18851 103rd Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070
Toby Holmes
Position #5
Term: 11/15 - 11/18
23013 107th Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070


Contact Board: 


How To Work With The School Board 



Leadership Team Roles

School Board


Governs (guides & directs)

Manages (administers and operates)

Decides What

Decides How

Requests Information

Seeks & Provides Information

Considers Issues

Provides Recommendations

Creates, Reviews & Adopts Policy

Recommends & Carries Out Policy

Approves and Reviews Plans

Recommends & Implements Plans

Monitors Progress

Reports Progress

Contracts with Personnel

Supervises Hiring Process & Practices

Approves Evaluation Criteria & Procedures

Supervises & Evaluates Personnel

Approves & Reviews Budget

Formulates and Manages Budget

Represents Public Interests

Acts in Public Interest

Source:  Washington State School Directors Association


The school board is made up of five volunteers who have been elected to guide and direct the school district. As elected representatives, the board is responsible for collecting input from the community. How do you make your school board work for you? To understand how best to work with your school board, it’s important to understand what the board does and doesn't do. A school board’s main role is to set direction and establish goals for the district. Members of the school board are responsible for governing, while the superintendent and his administrative staff are responsible for managing. The superintendent’s role is to implement and administer the direction set by the school board. Together, the two make up the leadership team for the district. 


There are many ways to make sure your interests are represented, including through letters, email, and school board meetings. The school board typically meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Chautauqua Elementary School conference room on the second floor.  Occasionally, this schedule will change due to school breaks so it is best to check meeting dates and agendas on the website before you attend a meeting. 


School board meetings are open to the public, with the exception of executive sessions dealing with certain sensitive issues such as real estate transactions, personnel issues or student and employee appeals. The agenda for board meetings is set by the board chair and vice-chair, who consider all requests made in writing received at least twelve days prior to the next meeting. The agenda and board packet are posted on the meetings and agenda section of the district website on the Monday prior to the Thursday board meeting.   Hard copies of documents are available for review in the district office.


Time is set aside near the beginning of each board meeting for community members to speak to the board for three minutes. Public comment is also taken before a decision or discussion item as warranted. We welcome and consider public comment.


In addition to providing a forum for community members to make comments and raise issues to the Board, our meetings are working sessions because they are the only time the five members of the board can legally talk about issues as a group. So the discussion and debate among the five members which you see is always free and open and sometimes untidy. That’s representative democracy.


Letters and e-mail are effective ways to make your views known. Email addresses of school board members are listed above, you may also email the entire Board at:  Letters should be addressed to the board chair who will see that all five board members receive a copy.  The mailing address for written correspondence:  Board Chair, Vashon School District, PO Box 547, Vashon, WA 98070-0547.


  • Meeting Dates

    2016-2017 Board Meeting Dates
    All Meetings 7:00 pm @ Chautauqua Elementary School, District Conference Center, Room 302 unless otherwise noted.

    July 28, 2016
    August 11, 2016
    September 1, 2016 -Special Meeting 
    September 8, 2016
    Septmeber 29, 2016 (Date Change from September 22, 2016)
    October 6, 2016 Field Turf Public Forum
    October 13, 2016
    October 20, 2016 -Board Retreat
    October 27, 2016
    November 10, 2016
    November 17, 2016
    (Thanksgiving Holiday November 24 and 25, 2016)
    December 8, 2016
    (Holiday Break December 19, 2016-January 3, 2017)
    January 12, 2017
    January 26, 2017
    February 9, 2017
    February 16, 2017 Special Meeting
    (Winter break February 20-24, 2017)
    March 9, 2017 PLC/Board Member Dinner Meeting and Workshop 4pm-6pm Regular Meeting at 7pm
    March 23, 2017
    April 6, 2017 (1st Thursday of Month)
    (Spring break April 10-14, 2017)
    April 27, 2017 (4th Thursday of Month)
    May 11, 2017
    May 25, 2017
    June 2, 2016 -Special Meeting for an Executive Session
    June 8, 2017
    June 22, 2017
    July 27, 2017
    August 10, 2017