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Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy   

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Through the adoption of written policies, the Governing Board conveys its expectations for actions that will be taken in the district, clarifies roles and responsibilities of the Board and Superintendent, and communicates Board philosophy and direction. However, the Board recognizes that, at times, situations may arise in the operation of district schools or in the implementation of district programs that are not addressed in Board policy or administrative regulation. When resolution of such a situation necessitates immediate action, the Superintendent or designee shall have the authority to act on behalf of the district.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9310 - Board Policies)

If the matter involves a policy decision where controversy is foreseeable, or in any situation in which immediate action is needed to avoid any risk to the safety or security of district students, staff, or property or disruption to student learning, the Superintendent or designee shall have the authority to act on behalf of the district. As necessary, the Superintendent or designee shall consult with other district staff, including the legal counsel and/or the chief business official, regarding the exercise of this authority.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516.5 - Emergency Schedules)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify the Board as soon as practicable after he/she exercises this authority. The Board president and the Superintendent shall schedule a review of the action at the next regular Board meeting. If the action indicates the need for additions or revisions to Board policies, the Superintendent or designee shall make the necessary recommendations to the Board.

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

Legal Reference:


35010 Control of district, prescription and enforcement of rules

35035 Powers and duties of superintendent

35160 Authority of governing boards

35161 Powers and duties; authority to delegate

35163 Official actions, minutes and journal

Management Resources:


Impact of Local Control Funding Formula on Board Policies, Policy Brief, November 2013WEB SITES


California Department of Education:


adopted: March 28, 2017 Costa Mesa, California