Board of Education
The San José Unified Board of Education traditionally meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month in the Board Room at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126. Regular Meetings begin at 6:00pm, except as noted or when a Closed Session is scheduled.
The Board will enter Closed Session at 5:00pm to consider items that are not subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act – primarily discipline, personnel, and other legal matters. Closed Sessions are not open to the general public. The Superintendent will report all actions taken by the Board in Closed Session during the Regular Meeting.
Please note that dates, times, and locations of Board meetings are subject to change. Any changes will be noticed in a timely fashion. You should always check the district calendar for the most current information.
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The Board of Education is comprised of five members elected by trustee area and one student board member appointed each year by the Board of Education. Trustees for odd-numbered areas are chosen by voters during presidential elections. Trustees for even-numbered areas are voted on during gubernatorial elections.
The Board of Education is scheduled to meet on the following dates during the 2018 calendar year. Please note that meeting dates are subject to change.
June 14, 2018
June 28, 2018
August 9, 2018
August 23, 2018
September 13, 2018
September 27, 2018
October 18, 2018
November 1, 2018
November 15, 2018
December 13, 2018
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas and minutes from Board of Education meetings are available for public review through an online portal provided by the California School Boards Association (CSBA). The agenda for scheduled meetings is typically posted on the Monday prior to a Thursday meeting.
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Please note that this portal includes agendas and minutes from 2010 to the present. You can click below to view agendas and minutes from previous years.
If the documents you need are not available online, please click here to submit a request for a hard copy or pdf.
To review the bylaws for San José Unified’s Board of Education, please visit this online portal and enter the following public username and password.
You can also use this portal to review all board policies and administrative regulations that govern San José Unified’s work. Click here to access the main index and use the search tool in the right sidebar to find policies by keyword(s).
The Board has established a set of procedures to guide public meetings, which are summarized below. Click here to read the full policy regarding meeting conduct. Use the username and password above under Board Bylaws.
- Length of Meetings
The Board believes that late night meetings can deter public participation, affect the Board’s decision-making ability, and be a burden to staff. Therefore, Regular Board meetings shall be adjourned at 10:30 p.m. unless extended to a specific time determined by a majority of the Board members present. The meeting shall be extended no more than once and may be adjourned to a later date.
A majority of the number of filled positions on the Board constitutes a quorum. Unless otherwise provided by law, affirmative votes by a majority of all the membership of the Board are required to approve any action under consideration, regardless of the number of members present. When the Board membership at a meeting consists of three members, the vote must be unanimous to carry any item of business.
The Board believes that when no conflict of interest requires abstention, its members have a duty to vote on issues before them. When a member abstains, his/her abstention shall be considered to concur with the action taken by the majority of those who vote, whether affirmatively or negatively.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend Board meetings and to address the Board concerning any item on the agenda or within the Board’s jurisdiction. To encourage public participation, members of the public are not asked to sign in, complete a questionnaire, or otherwise provide their name or other information as a condition of attending the meeting.
However, in order to conduct district business in an orderly and efficient manner, the Board requires that public presentations to the Board comply with the following procedures.
- Public Comment
Members of the public will be given an opportunity to address the Board either before or during the Board’s consideration of each business item to be discussed at regular or special meetings. Note that this does not include ceremonial items and other non-business items.
- Open Forum
At a time designated on the agenda, members of the public may address the Board regarding matters that are not listed on the agenda. The Board can refer a matter raised during Open Forum to the Superintendent or designee, or take it under advisement, but there will be no action taken at that time except as allowed by law. The matter may be placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting for action or discussion by the Board.
- Speaker Cards
A member of the public wishing to address the Board must complete a “Citizen’s Request to Speak” card prior to the discussion of the item on which they would like to speak. You can find these cards on a table near the entrance to the Board Room. Cards should be submitted to a designated district staff person.
At the appropriate time, the Board President will call the name of the person as provided on the speaker card, and that person will have an opportunity to address the Board.
- Time Limits
Individual speakers are allowed two (2) minutes to address the Board on each agenda or non-agenda item. The Board may limit the total time for public comment on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public comment, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard.
The President may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add to the discussion.
- Group Presentations
During public hearings, the Board may receive group oral presentations supporting or opposing a particular item.
The following time limits are enforced on group presentations:
Proponents - 15 minutes
Opponents - 15 minutes
Within the 15 minute limit:
Organizations - 5 minutes
Individuals - 2 minutes
With Board consent, the President may modify the time allowed for public presentation or may rule on the appropriateness of a topic. If the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the President may indicate the time and place when it should be presented.
- Board Responses
Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda. Additionally, on their own initiative or in response to questions posed by the public, a Board or staff member may ask a question for clarification, make a brief announcement, or make a brief report on his/her own activities.
Furthermore, the Board or a board member may provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, ask staff to report back to the Board at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter, or take action directing staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda.
- Public Complaints & Criticism
The Board shall not prohibit public criticism of its policies, procedures, programs, services, acts or omissions. In addition, the Board may not prohibit public criticism of district employees.
Whenever a member of the public initiates specific complaints or charges against an employee, the Board President shall inform the complainant that in order to protect the employee’s right to adequate notice before a hearing of such complaints and charges, and also to preserve the ability of the Board to legally consider the complaints or charges in any subsequent evaluation of the employee, it is the policy of the Board to hear such complaints or charges in closed session unless otherwise requested by the employee, per Government Code.
- Code of Conduct
The Board President shall not permit any disturbance or willful interruption of Board meetings. Persistent disruption by an individual or group shall be grounds for the chair to terminate the privilege of addressing the Board.
The Board may remove disruptive individuals and order the room cleared if necessary; in this case, members of the media not participating in the disturbance shall be allowed to remain, and individuals not participating in such disturbances may be allowed to remain, at the discretion of the Board.
When the room is ordered cleared due to a disturbance, further Board proceedings shall concern only matters appearing on the agenda.
- Items previously considered by Committee
The Board is not required to allow the public to speak on any item that has already been considered by a committee composed exclusively of Board members at a public meeting where the public had the opportunity to address the committee on that item. However, if the Board determines that the item has been substantially changed since the committee heard it, the Board shall provide an opportunity for the public to speak.
The Superintendent or designee shall designate locations from which members of the public may broadcast, photograph, or tape record open meetings without causing a distraction. If the Board finds that noise, illumination, or obstruction of view related to these activities would persistently disrupt the proceedings, these activities shall be discontinued or restricted as determined by the Board.
A video or audio recording may be made and/or broadcast at any open Board meeting. The Board President shall announce that a recording or broadcasting is being made at the direction of the Board at the beginning of the meeting and, as practicable, the recorder or camera shall be placed in plain view of meeting participants.
Recordings made at the direction of the Board during open Board meetings are public records. They shall be kept for at least 30 days and upon request shall be made available for inspection by members of the public on district equipment without charge.