9250 – Bylaws – Board Members – Renumeration, Reimbursement and Other Benefits

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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 10/1/2009
Remuneration

Each member of the Governing Board is entitled to receive remuneration for their attendance at board meetings. For a District with 1,000 – 10,000 students, the maximum monthly compensation is $240.00 per month (Ed Code 35120 #5).

Board members are not required to accept payment for meetings attended, but rather have the option to receive remuneration. After being sworn in as a Board member, they would complete the necessary paperwork to inform the Business Office of their intention. At any time, the Board member may change his/her decision regarding remuneration.

A Board member will receive the full amount if he or she attends all board meetings within the month. If they are unable to attend a meeting, he/she will receive remuneration equal to the percentage of meetings attended unless otherwise authorized by board action. (Education Code 1090, 35120). Members may be remunerated for meetings they missed when the Board, by resolution, finds that they were performing designated services for the District at the time of the meeting or that they were absent because of illness, jury duty, or a hardship deemed acceptable by the Board. (Education Code 1090, 35120)

Attendance at a meeting is defined as being present for the complete meeting or for a majority of the meeting time.

Expenses for Board Member Functions

Board members shall have the option of receiving a cash advance for per diem expenses or being reimbursed for all expenses incurred in attending meetings or making trips on official District business when outside the boundaries of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, and when so authorized in advance by the Board. (Education Code 35044)

The rate of reimbursement shall be the same rate specified for District personnel.

Health and Welfare Benefits

Board members and their dependents may, at their own expense, participate in the health and welfare benefits program provided for District employees.

Benefits for Retired Board Members

Board members retiring from the Board after serving at least one term, may continue the health and welfare benefits program at their own expense if coverage is in effect at the time of their retirement. (Government Code 53201)

Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
1090 Compensation for members and mileage allowance
33362 Reimbursement of expenses (Department of Education and CSBA workshops)
35012 Board members; number, election and term
35044 Payment of traveling expenses of representatives of board
35120 Compensation (services as member of governing board)
35172 Promotional activities
44038 Cash deposits for transportation purchased on credit

GOVERNMENT CODE
20322 Elective officers; election to become member
53200-53209 Group insurance
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 26
403(b) Tax-sheltered annuities
COURT DECISIONS
Horning v. Hollister School District, (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 1598
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 124 (2000)

CSBA Date – 11/00

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