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Governance Handbook

Board of Trustees Governance Handbook - revised January 2012

Strategic Plan

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School Board of Trustees Information

1.  Responsibilities and Term of Office

The members of the Board of Trustees of this District are locally elected State officials, who serve for a four year term of office, and who are responsible for the educational program for grades kindergarten through eight. They are required to conduct school programs in accordance with

  • the State of California Constitution
  • the State Education code
  • other laws relating to schools enacted by the Legislature
  • local policies and procedures which they adopt.

The Board is a policy-making body whose actions are guided by the District’s Philosophy of Education. It acts on important issues such as the Districts' budget, policies, and regulations, curriculum, and facilities improvements. The District Superintendent is responsible for the administration of the District.

Click here to see the current Governance Handbook

2.  Board Meeting Agenda

  • Review of agenda materials:

Agendas are available for public review at least two days before each Board meeting. The public is invited to address the Board on non-agenda topics and/or agenda items. Prior to the opening of the meeting, a blue slip should be completed and given to the President of the Board or the Superintendent.

  • Placing items on the agenda:

A citizen who resides within the District, a member of the staff, or a representative of an education organization operating within the District, may request placement of a matter on the agenda for a meeting of the Board of Trustees. Such a request must be filed in writing with the Superintendent of Schools no later than the close of the school day on the Friday preceding the Board meeting by two weeks.

  • Items that will not be accepted for the agenda include:
  1. charges or complaints against individual employees of the District,
  2. items that are derogatory to the religious, economic, political, or racial views of any person.

Charges or complaints directed at District personnel shall be referred to the Superintendent for investigation. The Superintendent may refer charges and complaints to the appropriate Assistant Superintendent for follow-up and appropriate action.

Mail intended for Board agenda inclusion should be addressed to the Board of Trustees at:  1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA  94404, and received no later than the close of the school day on the Wednesday preceding the Board meeting by one week.

Complete official agendas are available for viewing on the District's website. Board Agendas will be available at the Board Meeting.

For further information, please call the Superintendent's office, 312-7700.

3.  Public statements:

The Board may refer items to the administration for follow-up and/or placement on a future agenda. Individual statements should be limited to three minutes and will be heard under Agenda Item 7.1. The President of the Board may grant additional time. Thirty minutes is allocated for this process.

Public statements on agenda items may be heard at the time the specific item is under discussion by the Board. Individual statements should be limited to five minutes. The President of the Board may grant additional time.

In accordance with Government Code Sections, the Board may recess to a closed session for discussion of specific matters as authorized by law. These matters are personnel, negotiations, property transactions and litigation’s.

4.  Tapes of meetings:

Tapes of the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are available. Requests to review the tapes should be made to the Superintendent's Office at 312-7700. Please have the date of the specific meeting(s) requested. By law recordings may be destroyed after 30 days.

5.  Mailing address:

Mail for Board members may be sent in care of the School District Office. The mailing address is 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA  94404.