Santa Clara USD | BB 9250 Board Bylaws
Remuneration, Reimbursement And Other Benefits
Each member of the Governing Board may receive the monthly compensation as provided for in law.
On an annual basis, the Board may increase the compensation of Board members beyond the limit delineated in Education Code 35120 in an amount not to exceed five percent based on the present monthly rate of compensation. Any increase made pursuant to this section shall be effective upon approval by the Board. (Education Code 35120)
Board members are not required to accept payment for meetings attended.
If a member does not attend all Board meetings during the month, he/she is eligible to receive a percentage of the monthly compensation equal to the percentage of meetings attended unless otherwise authorized by the Board in accordance with law. (Education Code 35120)
A member may be paid for meetings he/she missed when the Board, by resolution, finds that he/she was performing designated services for the district at the time of the meeting or that he/she was absent because of illness, jury duty or a hardship deemed acceptable by the Board. (Education Code 35120)
Reimbursement of Expenses
Board members shall be reimbursed for traveling expenses incurred when authorized in advance by the Board. (Education Code 35044)
(cf. 9240 - Board Development)
The rate of reimbursement shall be the same rate specified for district personnel.
(cf. 3350 - Travel Expenses)
Health and Welfare Benefits
Board members may participate in the health and welfare benefits program provided for district employees.
Health and welfare benefits for Board members shall be no greater than that received by district's nonsafety employees with the most generous schedule of benefits. (Government Code 53208.5)
The district shall pay the cost of all premiums required for Board members electing to participate in the district health and welfare benefits program to the same extent that the district pays premiums for district staff in accordance with Government Code 53208.5.
Health and welfare benefits provided to Board members shall be extended at the same level to their spouse/registered domestic partner and to their eligible dependent children as specified in law and the health plan.
Benefits for Retired Board Members
Retired Board members may participate in the health and welfare benefits program provided for district employees under the conditions specified below.
Health and welfare benefits for retired Board members shall be no greater than that received by district nonsafety employees with the most generous schedule of benefits. (Government Code 53208.5)
Districts that did not pay health and welfare benefits for retired Board members before January 1, 1994
Because the district did not pay health and welfare benefits for retired Board members before January 1, 1994, any former member retiring from the Board after at least one term may participate in the health and welfare benefits program at his/her own expense if coverage is in effect at the time of retirement. (Government Code 53201)
The benefits authorized for retired Board members shall be extended, at his/her expense and at the same level to his/her spouse/registered domestic partner and eligible dependent children as specified in law and the health plan.
35012 Board members; number, election and term
35044 Payment of traveling expenses of representatives of board
35120 Compensation for services as member of governing board
35172 Promotional activities
44038 Cash deposits for transportation purchased on credit
8314 Use of public resources
20322 Elective officers; election to become member
54952.3 Simultaneous or serial meetings; announcement of compensation
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
1373 Health services plan, coverage for dependent children
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 26
403 Tax-sheltered annuities
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
18011 Right to maintain existing health coverage
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 26
1.403(b)-2 Tax-sheltered annuities, definition of employee
Thorning v. Hollister School District, (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 1598
Board of Education of the Palo Alto Unified School District v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County, (1979) 93 Cal.App.3d 578
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
91 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 37 (2008)
83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 124 (2000)
INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
Sample Expense and Use of Public Resources Policy Statement, January 2006
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PUBLICATIONS
Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans) for Employees of Public Schools and Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations, Publication 571, rev. February 2013
Institute for Local Government: http://www.ca-ilg.org
Internal Revenue Service: http://www.irs.gov
Public Employees' Retirement System: http://www.calpers.ca.gov
Bylaw SANTA CLARA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: December 11, 2014 Santa Clara, California