9200 – Bylaws – Board Members – Limits and Obligations

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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 11/5/2009
Limits of Board Members Authority

The Governing Board recognizes that the Board is the unit of authority over the district and that a Board member has no individual authority. Board members shall hold the education of students above any partisan principle, group interest, or personal interest. The Board member cannot do business with the District served, nor should the Board member have an interest in any contract with the school District.

Individual Board members do not have the authority to resolve complaints. Any Board member approached directly by a person with a complaint should refer the complainant to the Superintendent or designee so that the problem may receive proper consideration and be handled through the appropriate district process.

Unless agreed to by the Board as a whole, individual members of the Board shall not exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the schools or command the services of any school employee. Individual Board members shall submit requests for information to the Superintendent. Board members shall refer Board-related correspondence to the Superintendent for forwarding to the Board or for placement on the Board’s agenda, as appropriate.

Obligations of Board Members

Board members shall hold the education of all children and youth above any partisan principle, group interest, or personal interest.

Board members shall understand their role and the programs offered by the District. They shall study all agenda materials before the meeting, participate in the discussion of items that come before the Board, vote on motions and resolutions, and abstain only for compelling reasons.

Board members shall refer Board-related correspondence to the Superintendent or designee for forwarding to the Board or for placement on the Board’s agenda.

Board members and persons elected to the Board are responsible for complying with the requirements of the state’s open meeting laws. (GC 54952.1)

A Board member shall not use his/her position on the Board to influence school district personnel in matters concerning their child/ren.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide a copy of the state’s open meeting laws (Brown Act) to each Board member and to anyone who is elected to the Board but has not yet assumed office.

Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination
7054 Use of district property
35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules
35100-35351 Governing boards, especially:
35160-35184 Powers and duties
35291 Rules
35292 Visits to schools (Board members)
51101 Rights of parents/guardians
GOVERNMENT CODE
54950-54962 The Ralph M. Brown Act, especially:
54952.1 Member of a legislative body of a local agency
54952.7 Copies of chapter to members of legislative body

Management Resources:
CSBA PUBLICATIONS
CSBA Professional Governance Standards, 2000
Maximizing School Board Leadership: Boardsmanship, 1996

CSBA Date – 2/94

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