(a) The governing board of a school district may make awards to employees who do any of the following:
(1) Propose procedures or ideas that thereafter are adopted and effectuated, and that result in eliminating or reducing district expenditures or improving operations.
(2) Perform special acts or special services in the public interest.
(3) By their superior accomplishments, make exceptional contributions to the efficiency, economy, or other improvement in operations of the school district.
(b) The governing board of a school district may make awards to pupils for excellence.
Before any awards are made pursuant to this section, the governing board shall adopt rules and regulations. The board may appoint one or more merit award committees made up of district officers, district employees, or private citizens to consider employee proposals, special acts, special services, or superior accomplishments and to act affirmatively or negatively thereon or to provide appropriate recommendations thereon to the board.
Any award granted under the provisions of this section that may be made by an awards committee under appropriate district rules, shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200), unless a larger award is expressly approved by the governing board.
When an awards program is established in a school district pursuant to this section, the governing board shall budget funds for this purpose but may authorize awards from funds under its control whether or not budgeted funds have been provided or the funds budgeted are exhausted.
(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1452, Sec. 360.)