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Desert Sands USD |  BB  9121  Board Bylaws


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The Governing Board shall elect a president from among its members to provide leadership on behalf of the Board and the educational community it serves.

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9100 - Organization)

The president shall preside at all Board meetings. He/she shall:

1. Call the meeting to order at the appointed time

2. Announce the business to come before the Board in its proper order

3. Enforce the Board's policies relating to the order of business and the conduct of meetings

4. Recognize persons who desire to speak, and protect the speaker who has the floor from disturbance or interference

5. Explain what the effect of a motion would be if it is not clear to every member

6. Restrict discussion to the question when a motion is before the Board

7. Rule on parliamentary procedure

8. Put motions to a vote, and state clearly the results of the vote

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

The president shall have all the rights of any member of the Board, including the right to move, second, discuss, and vote on all questions before the Board.

The Board President shall also perform other duties as directed by law, State Department of Education regulations and the Board, including the duty to:

1. Sign all instruments, acts, and orders necessary to carry out state requirements and the will of the Board

2. Consult with the Superintendent or designee on the preparation of the Board's agendas

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

3. Appoint and disband all committees, subject to Board approval

(cf. 9130 - Board Committees)

4. Call such meetings of the Board as he/she may deem necessary, giving notice as prescribed by law

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

5. Confer with the Superintendent or designee on crucial matters which may occur between Board meetings

6. Be responsible for the orderly conduct of all Board meetings

7. Share informational mail with other Board members

8. The Board President shall serve as the Board spokesperson for the district with regard to contacts with representatives of the news medial, other governmental agencies and external organizations

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 9122 - Secretary)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

When the president resigns or is absent or disabled, the vice president/clerk shall perform the president's duties. When both the president and vice president/clerk are absent or disabled, the Board shall choose a president pro tempore to perform the president's duties.

Legal Reference:


35022 President of the board

35143 Annual organizational meetings; dates and notice


54950-54963 Ralph M. Brown Act

Management Resources:


Board Presidents' Handbook, revised 2002

CSBA Professional Governance Standards, 2000

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Boardsmanship, 1996




adopted: April 21, 1998 La Quinta, California

revised: November 18, 2003