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Annual Organizational Meeting

Each year, the Board of Education shall hold an annual organizational meeting. In any year in which a regular election of district Board members is conducted, the organizational meeting shall be held within a 15-day period beginning from the date upon which a Board member elected at that election takes office. During non-election years, the meeting shall be held within the same 15-day period on the calendar. (Education Code 35143)

The day and time of the annual meeting shall be selected by the Board at its regular meeting held immediately prior to the first day of the 15-day period. On behalf of the Board, the Superintendent shall notify the County Superintendent of Schools of the day and time selected. Within 15 days prior to the date of the annual meeting, the clerk of the Board, with the assistance of the Superintendent, shall notify in writing all Board members and members-elect of the date and time selected for the meeting. (Education Code 35143)

At this meeting the Board shall:

1. Elect a president and a clerk and/or vice president from its members.

2. Appoint the Superintendent as secretary to the Board

3. Designate Board representatives to serve on committees or commissions of the district, other public agencies, or organizations with which the district partners or collaborates

(cf. 9140 - Board Representatives)

4. Review and/or consider resources that define and clarify the Board's governance and leadership roles and responsibilities including, but not limited to, governance standards, meeting protocols, Board rules and bylaws, and other Board development materials

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9230 - Orientation)

(cf. 9240 - Board Training)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

Election of Officers

The election of Board officers shall be conducted during an open session of the annual organizational meeting.

It is the intent of the Board that all board members will rotate through the sequence of vice president and president. The Board shall each year elect one of its members to be clerk/vice president. This member shall be one who previously has not served in office, unless all the Board's members have previously served in office, that Board member is unable to serve or a new Board member. After serving one year as clerk/vice president, the elected member may serve one year as president of the Board.

(cf. 9224 - Oath or Affirmation)

Legal Reference:


5017 Term of Office

35143 Annual organizational meeting date, and notice

35145 Public meetings


54953 Meetings to be open and public; attendance


68 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 65 (1985)

59 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 619, 621-622 (1976)


adopted: August 26, 2008 Novato, California

revised: May 6, 2014

revised: April 25, 2017