Kennewick School District is governed by a publicly-elected school board. These five board members, called "school directors," hold office for four years at staggered terms until they are either re-elected or replaced by their successor. The board also has one non-voting student member who serves for one year.
School directors work together to oversee the school district. As a board, their primary responsibilities are:
- Hire, supervise and evaluate the superintendent
- Set the vision, mission and strategic goals for the district
- Review, revise and adopt policies
- Establish and oversee the budget
- Serve as community representatives
- Monitor the district’s progress towards its goals