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Board Candidate Orientation

The Board of Education desires to provide Board candidates with information that will enable them to understand the responsibilities of Board membership. The Superintendent or designee shall provide all candidates with general information about school programs, district operations, and Board responsibilities and the county election official's contact information.

(cf. 9200 - Limits of Board Member Authority)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

The Board encourages all candidates to attend public Board meetings during the period of their candidacy. Candidates have the same access as members of the public to district staff and information.

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

New Board Member Orientation

The Board and the Superintendent or designee shall help each new member-elect to understand district operations and the Board's functions, policies and procedures as soon after election as possible. Incoming members shall be given a copy of the Brown Act and informed that they must conform to its requirements as if they had already assumed office. Incoming members shall also receive the district's policy manual and other materials related to the school system and Board member responsibilities.

Incoming members are encouraged to attend Board meetings and meet with the Superintendent or designee and Board president regarding their role and responsibilities. They also may, at district expense, and with approval of the Board attend workshops and conferences relevant to their individual needs, the needs of the Board as a whole, or the district.

(cf. 9240 - Board Development)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33360 Department of Education and statewide association of school district boards; annual workshops

33362-33363 Reimbursement of expenses; board member or member-elect

ELECTIONS CODE

13307 Candidate's statement

20440 Code of Fair Campaign Practices

GOVERNMENT CODE

54950-54963 The Ralph M. Brown Act, especially:

54952.1 Member of a legislative body

54952.7 Copies of Brown Act to board members

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

School Board Leadership, 2007

The Brown Act: School Boards and Open Meeting Laws, rev. 2007

Guide to Effective Meetings, 2007

Professional Governance Standards, 2000

Maximizing School Board Leadership, 1996

NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS

Becoming a Better Board Member: A Guide to Effective School Board Service, 2006

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Fair Political Practices Commission: http://www.fppc.ca.gov

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

Bylaw NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 30, 2008 Novato, California

revised: October 7, 2014