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Board Overview

Board of Trustees

The five members of the South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees are elected by Trustee Area, in public elections for four-year terms. Elections are held every two years, in even-numbered years, with three seats open one election year and two seats open the next election year. Board members do not maintain offices at the Education Center.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for hiring the Superintendent, authorizing the appointment of all other staff members, authorizing curriculum development, levying tax monies and budgeting for both educational programs and operating expenses, and setting District policy. The Board delegates the execution of District policies to District administration.
The Board of Trustees meet one or two times per month in the evening. Regular Board meetings are formal business meetings where issues are discussed and action is taken. Regular Board meetings are open to the public and are livestreamed. Closed Sessions, where topics such as personnel matters are discussed, are closed to the public. The Board Meeting Schedule can be found here.
Each regular Board meeting includes a time for citizens to be heard. If you wish to speak to the Board, simply fill out a card (obtained at the meeting) indicating your desire to speak and the topic to be addressed, and give it to the Board Secretary. The Board invites all attendees who have filled out cards to speak, asking only that audience comments be limited to three minutes. The Board does not normally respond to comments from the audience, and, after attendees have spoken, the rest of the meeting is held without audience participation.
The agendas for all Board Meetings can be found here.  Regular Board meetings generally include the following activities:
  • Call to Order/Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
  • Community, Student and Staff Recognition & Awards
  • School Reports
  • Report of Action taken in Closed Session
  • Changes to the Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Agenda
  • Communications to the Board of Trustees
  • Public Comments on Non-Agenda Items
  • Discussion/Action Items
  • Consent Calendar
  • Communication from the Board of Trustees
  • Future Agenda Items
  • Adjournment 
Board meeting minutes are available here.