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Tuolumne COE |  BB  9200  Board Bylaws

Limits Of Board Member Authority   

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The Tuolumne County Board of Education recognizes that the County Board is the unit of authority over the County Office and that a County Board member has no individual authority. County Board members shall hold the education of students above any partisan principle, group interest, or personal interest.

(cf. 1160 - Political Processes)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

Unless agreed to by the County Board as a whole, individual members of the County Board shall not exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the County Office or command the services of any employee. Individual County Board members shall submit requests for information to the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools. County Board members shall refer County Board-related correspondence to the Superintendent and/or Board President for forwarding to the County Board or for placement on the County Board's agenda, as appropriate.

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 4112.6/4212.6/4312.6 - Personnel Files)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

Individual County Board members do not have the authority to resolve complaints. Any County Board member approached directly by a person with a complaint should refer the complainant to the County Superintendent or designee so that the problem may receive proper consideration and be handled through the appropriate County Office process.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 3320 - Claims and Actions Against the District)

(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)

(cf. 6159.1 - Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education)

A Board member whose child is attending a district school should be aware of his/her role as a Board member when interacting with district employees about his/her child. Because his/her position as a Board member may inhibit the performance of school personnel, the Board member should inform the Superintendent or designee before volunteering in his/her child's classroom.

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The County Superintendent or designee shall provide a copy of the state's open meeting laws (Brown Act) to each County Board member and to anyone who is elected to the County Board but has not yet assumed office.

County Board members and persons elected to the County Board who have not yet assumed office are responsible for complying with the requirements of the Brown Act. (Government Code 54952.1)

Legal Reference:


200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination

7054 Use of district property

35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules

35100-35351 Governing boards, especially:

35160-35184 Powers and duties

35291 Rules

35292 Visits to schools (Board members)

51101 Rights of parents/guardians


54950-54962 The Ralph M. Brown Act, especially:

54952.1 Member of a legislative body of a local agency

54952.7 Copies of chapter to members of legislative body

Management Resources:


CSBA Professional Governance Standards, 2000

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Boardsmanship, 1996




adopted: December 14, 2015 Sonora, California