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Santa Cruz City Schools |  BB  9100  Board Bylaws


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The Santa Cruz City Schools consist of the Santa Cruz City Elementary School District and the Santa Cruz City High School District. Each district has a separate budget and taxing authority and is a separate legal school district for the general purposes of the Education Code. The minutes of meetings are kept in one Official Minutes Book.

1. Government of Both Districts by the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education

Under the Santa Cruz City Charter provision #1603, both the high school and the elementary districts shall be governed by a single Board of Education, called the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education.

2. Membership of Board

The Board shall consist of seven members, of which three members shall be qualified Electors and residents of the City of Santa Cruz, three members shall be qualified electors and residents of the territory governed by the Board which lies outside the boundaries of the city of Santa Cruz, and one member who resides anywhere within the territory governed by the Board. This last member cannot be simultaneously a candidate for this position and any other position on the Board, and must state in his/her declaration of candidacy or nomination papers that he/she seeks nomination to this position.

3. Student Board Members

The Board believes it is important to seek out and consider students' ideas, viewpoints and reactions to the education program. In order to provide student input and involvement, the Board shall include at least one Student Board Member selected in accordance with procedures approved by the Board and detailed in California Education Code section 35012. The Student Board Member(s) shall be make recommendations on matters before the Board and will be asked before each Board vote for his/her recommendation on all matters except those discussed in closed session. The term of the Student Board Member(s) shall be one year commencing on July 1 of each year. The Student Board Member(s) shall have the right to attend all Board meetings, committee meetings, and workshops except closed sessions. The Student Board Member(s) shall also be eligible for training provided by state and regional organizations at the expense of the District. The Student Board Member(s) shall be seated with the regular Board members and may participate in questions and discussions pertaining to issues and shall receive all materials given to Board Members, with the exception of matters for closed sessions. In addition to support from the administration, the Student Board Member(s) may have a mentor assigned to him/her. The student representative's mentor shall be a current SCCS Board Trustee.

4. Term of Office

The Board shall consist of seven members whose terms shall be staggered so that as nearly as practicable one half of the members shall be elected every two years. The term of office for members elected in regular elections or appointed in lieu of an election (i.e., running for position unopposed) shall be four years commencing on the first Friday in December next succeeding their election. A Board member's term expires four years after his/her initial election on the first Friday in December following the election of new members. A member whose term has expired shall continue to discharge the duties of the office until a successor has qualified by taking the oath of office.

5. Annual Organizational Meeting

Each year, the Board 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:

a. Hold a discussion to identify members potentially interested in serving as officers, prior to taking nominations.

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

c. Appoint the Superintendent as secretary to the Board

d. Authorize signatures

6. Annual Governance Meetings

During bi-annual governance meetings in January or February and May or June, the Board shall:

a. Review the Board governance calendar stating the time when the Board will address important government matters in May or June

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

c. 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 Development)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

7 Election of Officers

The Board shall each year elect its entire slate of officers.

No Board member shall serve more than one consecutive year in the same office.

(cf. 9224 - Oath or Affirmation)

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

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: February 23, 2011 Soquel, California

revised: October 14, 2015

revised: February 10, 2016