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Riverside USD |  BP  1220  Community Relations

Citizen Advisory Committees   

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The Board of Education recognizes that citizen advisory committees enable the Board to better understand the interests and concerns of the community.

The Board shall establish citizen advisory committees when required by law, to strengthen the effectiveness of district and school operations, or to enhance student learning. The purpose of any such committees shall be clearly defined and aligned to the district's vision, mission, and goals. The Board may dissolve any advisory committee not required by law when the committee has fulfilled its duties or at any time the Board deems it necessary.

Residents of the community who are interested shall be encouraged to take an active part in school affairs. Such persons shall be invited to provide advice individually and in groups as follows:

1. In clarifying the general ideas and attitudes held by our residents regarding schools.

2. In developing broad policies under which the school system is to be managed.

3. In establishing administrative arrangements and regulations designed to implement the policies.

4. In determining educational goals, the purposes of courses of study and special instructional programs and services to be provided for students.

5. In evaluating the extent to which these purposes are being achieved by present practices.

6. In giving active assistance to the certificated staff in the actual operation of classes and services where the staff deems such aid valuable.

7. In solving a specific problem or set of closely related problems about which the Board of Education must make a decision.

8. In the operation of school-related agencies.

The Board of Education and the staff shall give substantial weight to the advice which they receive from individuals and community groups interested in the schools. The Board reserves to itself the sole and final rights of decision and action.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

(cf. 2230 - Representative and Deliberative Groups)

(cf. 3280 - Sale or Lease of District-Owned Real Property)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Learners)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 9130 - Board Committees)

The Superintendent or designee may establish advisory committees which shall report to him/her in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

Citizens' Advisory Committees for the Staff

The Superintendent shall have the supervisory control over all aspects of the use of citizens' advisory committees and individual citizens by the staff when such use is initiated by the staff.

The Superintendent shall inform the Board of Education of the establishment of citizens' advisory committees to the staff and shall describe their proposed functions, size, term of office, membership composition and relationship to members of the staff. The Board of Education will also be informed of the persons appointed to such committees, of any changes in committee membership or function, and a final report of accomplishment.

From time to time, the Superintendent will provide the Board of Education with a summary report and appraisal of the use of individual citizens serving on these advisory committees.

Citizen advisory committees shall serve in an advisory capacity; they may make recommendations, but their actions shall not be binding on the Board or Superintendent.

The membership of citizen advisory committees should reflect the diversity of the community and represent a diversity of viewpoints.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide training and information, as necessary, to enable committee members to understand the goals of the committee and to fulfill their role as committee members.

Within budget allocations, the Superintendent or designee may approve requests for committee travel and may reimburse committee members for expenses at the same rates and under the same conditions as those provided for district employees.

(cf. 3350 - Travel Expenses)

Legal Reference:


8070 Career technical education advisory committee

11503 Parent involvement program

15278-15282 Citizens' oversight committee

15359.3 School facilities improvement districts

17387-17391 Advisory committees for use of excess school facilities

35147 School site councils and advisory committees

44032 Travel expense payment

52060 Local control and accountability plan

52063 Local control and accountability plan; advisory committees

52176 Advisory committees, limited-English proficient students program

52852 Site council, school-based program coordination

54425 Advisory committees, compensatory education

54444.1-54444.2 Parent advisory councils, services to migrant children

56190-56194 Community advisory committee, special education

62002.5 Continuing parent advisory committees

64001 Single plan for student achievement


810.2 Tort claims act, definition employee

810.4 Tort claims act, definition employment

815.2 Injuries by employees within scope of employment

820.9 Members of local public boards not vicariously liable

6250-6270 California Public Records Act

54950-54963 Brown Act


1758b Local wellness policy


Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

Management Resources:


Maximizing School Board Leadership: Community Leadership, 1996



California Department of Education:


adopted: June 26, 2018 Riverside, California