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Los Angeles Unified School District Administration; Operational Flexibility   

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(a) The district superintendent shall have the authority to make employment decisions related to all certificated and classified management personnel in the Office of the Superintendent of the LAUSD. These personnel serve at the pleasure of the district superintendent.

(b) The district superintendent shall have the authority to assign and reassign a principal of a school within the LAUSD and may consult with community leaders, schoolsite personnel, and parents of pupils enrolled at the school to which the principal is assigned. The consultation shall include the elected mayors and city council members representing territory within the attendance boundaries of the school.

(c) In assigning or reassigning a local district superintendent, the district superintendent shall consult the elected mayors and city council members representing territory within the boundaries of the local district, unless exigent circumstances exist. In addition, the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition, which is comprised of the cities of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, and Vernon, shall have the right to ratify the selection of the local district superintendent serving the cities in the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition. If the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition fails to act within 30 days of the submission of the district superintendent of a choice for local district superintendent, the choice shall be deemed ratified. The council of mayors described in Section 35920 may recognize other coalitions of multiple cities and provide the same ratification authority with respect to the local district superintendent serving the cities in any coalition recognized in the future.

(d) The board, subject to Section 45112, may employ a pool of administrative staff to serve all members of the board, subject to budget approval. All of this staff shall report to the board as a whole, and no individual member of the board shall employ individual staff. The board shall have the authority to make employment decisions related to this staff, except to the extent that any decision would violate any applicable law, written agreement, or contract under which the staff are employed.

(e) The board shall retain the power to appoint and to make other employment decisions related to the inspector general of the LAUSD, pursuant to Section 35400, and related to staff directly reporting to the inspector general.

(f) The district superintendent shall make all employment decisions for all nonrepresented personnel of the LAUSD, subject to the applicable protections of the personnel commission.

(g) Except as expressly provided above, this section does not change or alter the application of Part 25 (commencing with Section 44000) of this code or Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code to the LAUSD.

(h) The authority of the district superintendent to assign and reassign principals, as set forth in subdivision (b), shall not supersede the process by which existing site-based agreements that provide for an alternative method of selecting a principal are extended or modified.

(i) As used in subdivisions (b) and (c), "consult" includes, at a minimum, the right to suggest qualifications to look for in the individual to receive the position, the right to recommend individuals for the position, and the right to provide opinion and feedback regarding finalists being considered for the position.

(j) The district superintendent shall establish an Office of Parent Communication that may be staffed by an ombudsperson or similar employee. The office shall assure that the LAUSD complies with the processes for receiving and addressing parent complaints set forth in Section 35186 and shall assure that the LAUSD complies with the requirements regarding parent information and the rights of parents to participate in the education of their children set forth in Section 51101. The office shall report regularly on the compliance of the LAUSD with those sections.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 299, Sec. 3.)

Reference:

Education Code 35186

Education Code 35400

Education Code 35920

Education Code 44000

Education Code 45112

Education Code 51101

Government Code 3540