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Petaluma City Schools |  BB  9323.2  Board Bylaws

Actions By The Board   

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An "action" by the Board of Education means: (Government Code 54952.6)

1. A collective decision by a majority of the Board members

2. A collective commitment or promise by a majority of the members to make a positive or negative decision

3. A vote by a majority of the members when sitting as the Board upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order or ordinance

When required by law, action shall instead require a two-thirds, four-fifths, or unanimous vote of either the Board or Board members present at the meeting.

The Board may take action in a regular meeting on a subject not listed on the published agenda only when it publicly identifies the item to be acted upon in conjunction with one of the following circumstances: (Government Code 54954.2)

1. The Board, by majority vote of its members, determines that the action responds to an emergency situation.

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

2. The Board determines, either by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at the meeting or, if less than two-thirds of the members are present, by a unanimous vote of all members present, that the need to take immediate action came to the district's attention after the posting of the agenda.

3. The matter was properly posted for a previous meeting occurring not more than five days earlier and was continued to the meeting at which action is being taken.

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

The Board shall not take action by secret ballot, whether preliminary or final. (Government Code 54953)

Actions taken by the Board in open session shall be recorded in the Board minutes. (Education Code 35145)

(cf. 9324 - Minutes and Recordings)

Challenging Board Actions

Any demand by the district attorney or any interested person to correct a Board action because of an alleged violation of Government Code 54953 (open meeting and teleconferencing), Government Code 54954.5 (closed session item descriptions), Government Code 54954.6 (new or increased tax assessments), or Government Code 54956 (special meetings) shall be presented to the Board in writing within 90 days of the date when the action was taken. (Government Code 54960.1)

If the alleged violation concerns action taken in an open session but in violation of Government Code 54954.2 (agenda posting), the written demand must be made within 30 days of the date when the alleged action took place. The demand shall clearly describe the challenged action and the nature of the alleged violation. (Government Code 54960.1)

Within 30 days of receiving the demand, the Board shall either cure or correct the challenged action and inform the demanding party in writing of its actions to cure or correct. If the Board decides to not cure or correct the challenged action, the demanding party shall be informed in writing of that decision. (Government Code 54960.1)

If the Board takes no action within the 30-day review period, its inaction shall be considered a decision not to cure or correct the action. (Government Code 54960.1)

Legal Reference:


17466 Declaration of intent to sell or lease real property

17481 Lease of property with residence for nondistrict purposes

17510-17511 Resolution requiring unanimous vote of all members constituting board

17546 Private sale of personal property

17556-17557 Resolution of intention

17559 Public hearing and adoption of resolution

17582 District deferred maintenance fund

17583 Deferred maintenance fund; transfer of excess local funds

35144 Special meeting

35145 Public meetings

35164 Majority vote of all members constituting board for board action

48660 Establishment of community day schools

48661 School site restrictions for community day schools


1245.240 Eminent domain vote requirements

1245.245 Eminent domain, resolution adopting different use


53094 Authority to render zoning ordinance inapplicable

53097 Compliance with ordinances

53724 Parcel tax resolution requirements

53790-53792 Exceeding the budget

53820-53833 Temporary borrowing

53850-53858 Temporary borrowing

54950 Meetings: declaration; intent; sovereignty

54952.6 Action taken, definition

54953 Meetings to be open and public; attendance; secret ballots

54953.5 Right to record proceedings; conditions

54954.2 Agenda posting requirements; board actions

54954.5 Closed session item descriptions

54954.6 New or increased taxes or assessments; hearings; notice

54956 Special meetings; call; notice

54956.5 Emergency meetings in emergency situations

54960 Action to prevent violations

54960.1 Challenge of Board of Education actions

54960.5 Costs and attorney fees


3400 Bid specifications

20111 Contracts over $50,000; contracts for construction; award to lowest responsible bidder

20113 Emergencies, award of contracts without bids


Boyle v. City of Redondo Beach, (1999) 70 Cal.App.4th 1109


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California