Board of Education 101

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(This is the first in a series of articles about Piedmont’s education community covering the Board of Education, the PUSD administration, our K-12 schools, the Piedmont Education Foundation, and parent support groups.)

If you’re new to the California public school system, you may not know that a five member Board of Education oversees our District. The Board acts in the best interests of all students and, among other responsibilities, it develops and approves budgets and policy for the District.

The members are elected at-large and serve for a maximum of two consecutive four year terms. Members elect a president and vice president each year. Meet your current School Board members here.

Among the many benefits of living in a small, K-12 unified school district is the ready access all families have to elected members of the local School Board and the PUSD Superintendent. Board Members always welcome public input in their decision-making process. You can make your thoughts known on an agenda item by addressing the Board in person at a regularly scheduled meeting or by sending them a letter or email.

Since authority rests with the Board as a whole, and not with individual members, it’s important to provide input to the entire governance team – which includes the five members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent. Find contact information and details here.

Not sure what’s on the docket? Here’s how to stay informed of School Board agenda items:

Agenda and meeting materials are posted on Mondays preceding a Board meeting here. Meetings are open to the public. Minutes are posted after they are approved by the Board.

The Board generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.

You can also view the meetings live on local television channel 27 (KCOM).

Attending the monthly meetings of your parent clubs and other support groups is also a good way to learn about issues that will be coming before the Board.