Board of Education
The Shasta County Board of Education provides leadership and citizen input for county educational programs and services operated by the Shasta County Office of Education, including services provided to school districts and the community. The County Board works with the County Superintendent of Schools to establish the direction and priorities for the County Office through its budgetary responsibilities and provides community leadership on behalf of the County Office and public education.
- Trustee Areas
- Student Board Members
- County Board Jurisdiction
- Governance Standards for County Boards
- County Committee on School District Organization
- Interdistrict Attendance Appeals
- Expulsion Appeals
The Shasta County Board of Education consists of seven trustees. Trustee areas are determined by the population in districts with elementary schools. Board Members must reside in their respective trustee area.
Bella Vista Elementary
Black Butte Union Elementary
Cascade Union Elementary
Castle Rock Union Elementary
Cottonwood Union Elementary
Fall River Joint Unified
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary
Happy Valley Union Elementary
Igo-Ono-Platina Union Elementary
Indian Springs Elementary
Mountain Union Elementary
North Cow Creek Elementary
Oak Run Elementary
Pacheco Union Elementary
The Shasta County Board of Education as representatives of the community, who play a vital role in the lives of children and value the voice of youth, took action in Spring 2005 to provide high school student representatives the opportunity to serve as Student Board Members alongside them on the Shasta County Board of Education. Board Bylaw 9150 - Student Board Members was developed to outline the Student Board Member position and the selection process. Local junior and senior high school students are encouraged to apply to serve on the Board in the spring of each school year. Applications are posted on this web page in late February through mid-March.
Student Board Members, who are selected through an application and interview process, serve a one-year term on the Shasta County Board of Education. They provide important insight and input into the discussion of the Board and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns are listened to and reflected in decisions of the Board.
This unique opportunity for students to serve as Student Board Members provides them with an up-close view of the governance process. They gain a perspective of the educational systems, rules, regulations, and practices of the Shasta County Board of Education, Shasta County Office of Education, local school districts, and the California Department of Education.
Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and the Shasta County Board of Education is proud to serve together with our Student Board Members to directly influence the lives of children in Shasta County.
Junior and senior high school students interested in applying to serve as a Student Board Member are encouraged to call Robin Beeson, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, at 530.225.0227.
Student Board Members
Shasta High School
Anderson High School
The Shasta County Board of Education Regular meetings are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month (except June and December) at 1:30 p.m. at the Shasta County Office of Education Board Room or other posted location. The June meeting will be held on the fourth Wednesday to allow time for budget preparation and the December meeting will be held on the third Wednesday to meet Education Code requirements. For any month in which a holiday conflicts with the second Wednesday of the month, the meeting will be held on the third or fourth Wednesday as posted.
The 2020 Board Meeting Schedule reflects Regular Board meetings, Planning Sessions, and Special Meetings scheduled at the Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board. The Board welcomes your attendance as your interest is encouraged and appreciated.
Board Meeting Materials
All Board actions authorized or required by state law must take place in open session to give the public an opportunity to be heard. Board Members are to receive agendas and related materials in advance of each meeting, allowing time for preparation. Agendas for Regular Board meetings must be posted at the Shasta County Office of Education and on the website seventy-two (72) hours prior to the meeting. Special Board meeting agendas are to be posted twenty-four (24) hours in advance. Agendas and other Board materials are available to the public on our website, at the meeting, or in the Superintendent's Office upon posting of the agenda.
The agenda is categorized by Regular and Consent items. The Regular Agenda includes significant financial, policy, and administrative actions. Items on the Regular Agenda are discussed during the meeting. The Consent Agenda includes routine financial and administrative actions. Consent Agenda items are not discussed at the meeting unless an item is pulled by request at the meeting for discussion. Items on the Consent Agenda are approved by a single majority vote.
How to Address the Board
Government Code provides that every agenda for Regular and Special meetings must provide an opportunity for members of the public to address the Board. The Board has designated an item on the agenda where the public may address the Board regarding items that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board at the beginning of the meeting under "Hearing of Persons Wishing to Address the Board." In addition to the standing agenda item soliciting public input, the public is encouraged to make relevant remarks during the Board's consideration of an item on Regular and Special meeting agendas.
Those wishing to address the Board are asked to complete a "Speaker Card" prior to the opening of the meeting. Individual speakers are allowed three (3) minutes to address the Board on each agenda or nonagenda item. The total time allowed for each topic is 20 minutes. The Board can increase or decrease the time allowed for public input.
No action shall be taken on any item not appearing on the agenda unless it is a continued matter or the Board finds by a two-thirds vote that the need to take action arose and came to its attention subsequent to the posting of the meeting agenda. The Board may direct staff to place matters on future agendas.
Procedures for Addressing the Board or Placing an Item on the Agenda are available at each meeting providing direction for those wishing to address the Board.
The Shasta County Board of Education has the authority to establish committees and designate Board Members to serve as representatives on these committees. The Board determines the duties of the committee at the time of its appointment. Unless specifically authorized by the Board to act on its behalf, Board committees act in an advisory capacity. When its duties have been completed, the committee will be dissolved.
Board advisory committee meetings composed solely of less than a quorum of the members of the Board are not subject to the open meeting laws (The Brown Act) unless they are a standing committee that has a continuing subject matter jurisdiction or a meeting schedule established by the Board.
In addition, the Board recognizes that effective performance of its community leadership responsibilities may require its participation on Shasta County Office of Education or community committees on matters of concern to the County Office and its students. As needed, the Board may appoint any of its members to serve as its representative on a County Office committee or on a committee of another public agency or organization of which the Board or County Office is a member or to which the Board is invited to participate.
The Shasta County Board of Education works in conjunction with the Shasta County Office of Education
to develop and fulfill its goals.
Goals for 2019/20
Through an annual Appreciative Interview process, Board Members and staff are interviewed to determine what they value and appreciate about the program and department they work within as well as for our organization as a whole. We also ask about hopes and dreams for the future of the Shasta County Office of Education and each staff member. Goal areas are created by departments in the three main priority areas listed below based on input from staff:
As we began this school year, each department identified actions they would pursue related to these goal areas. As we move throughout the school year, each department will share information with the Shasta County Board of Education on their progress in each of the goal areas.
Within Our Jurisdiction
In accordance with the California Education Code and other regulations and laws, the Shasta County Board of Education serves as the governing board for the schools and programs operated by the Shasta County Office of Education. The Board is committed to providing the leadership necessary to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population to increase student success.
The Board also:
- Approves policies, regulations and curriculum for the schools and educational programs operated by the County Office.
- Adopts policies and regulations governing the County Office.
- Approves the annual budget of the County Office.
- Sets the County Superintendent's salary.
- Receives the annual audit.
- Maintains an awareness of financial conditions and operations of school districts in the county.
- Approves the purchase or lease of property for County Office programs.
- Serves as the members of the Shasta County Committee on School District Organization. This is the legal body charged with overseeing the reorganization of school district and district boundaries through territory transfers or unifications as well as the establishment or rearrangement of governing board trustee areas as required.
- Serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion, interdistrict attendance, and charter school petition appeals.
- Informs local communities about the programs and achievements of the County Office.
Beyond Our Jurisdiction
Although the Shasta County Board of Education provides for oversight in areas such as those listed previously, the Board does not govern school districts in Shasta County. Each district has its own school board and superintendent who employ their staff and administer the education of students in their district. Complaints or concerns related to a school, whether it be in regards to staff, educational programs, or extra-curricular activities are under the direct authority of the superintendent of the school district. Concerns with the superintendent are directed to the school board of the particular district. In addition, the Shasta County Board of Education does not participate in negotiations with employees.
Public oversight of local government is the foundation of American democracy. Nowhere is this more evident than in our public schools, where boards of education are entrusted by their diverse communities to uphold the constitution, protect the public interest in schools and ensure that a high quality education is provided to each student. To maximize the public’s confidence in local government, boards must govern responsibly and effectively.
There are certain fundamental principles involved in governing responsibly and effectively. These principles – or Professional Governance Standards – include three components vital to effective governance: 1) the attributes of an effective individual board member, 2) the attributes of an effective governing board, and 3) the specific jobs the board performs in its governance role.
The intent of these standards is to enhance the public’s understanding about the critical responsibilities of county office and school boards and to support them in their efforts to govern effectively.
The Individual Board Member
In California’s public education system, a board member is a person elected or appointed to serve on a board of education. Individual board members bring unique skills, values and beliefs to their board. In order to govern effectively, individual board members must work with each other and the superintendent to ensure that a high quality education is provided to each student.
To be effective, an individual Board Member:
- Keeps learning and achievement for all students as the primary focus.
- Values, supports, and advocates for public education.
- Recognizes and respects differences of perspective and style on the board and among staff, students, parents, and the community.
- Acts with dignity, and understands the implications of demeanor and behavior.
- Keeps confidential matters confidential.
- Participates in professional development and commits the time and energy necessary to be an informed and effective leader.
- Understands the distinctions between board, superintendent, and staff roles, and refrains from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the superintendent and staff.
- Understands that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individual board members.
County offices of education are governed by a superintendent and board, not by individual board members. While understanding their separate governance roles, the board and superintendent work together as a team. This team assumes collective responsibility for building unity and creating a positive organizational culture in order to govern effectively.
To operate effectively, the Board must have a unity of purpose and:
Keep focused on student learning and achievement, as well as the role of the County
Office of Education in providing services to school districts and the community.
- Work collaboratively with the county superintendent.
- Communicate a common vision.
- Operate openly, with trust, and integrity.
- Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect.
- Govern within board-adopted policies and procedures.
- Take collective responsibility for the board’s performance.
- Periodically evaluate its own effectiveness.
- Ensure opportunities for the diverse range of views in the community to inform board deliberations.
The County Board’s Jobs
The primary responsibilities of the county board are to work with the superintendent to establish the direction and priorities for the county office of education through its budgetary responsibilities, and to provide leadership to support the success of public education. To fulfill these responsibilities, there are a number of specific jobs that effective boards must carry out.
Effective County Boards:
Maintain a cooperative and supportive working relationship with local school districts, their school boards, and the community.
- Collaborate with the superintendent so that the shared vision, goals, and policies of the county office of education can be implemented.
- Adopt, evaluate, and update policies consistent with law and the county board’s vision and goals.
- Maintain accountability for student learning in schools and programs operated by the county office of education.
- Adopt the annual budget and review interim reports of the county superintendent of schools.
- Approve the salary of the county superintendent.
- Review the real property audit and acquire or dispose of real property as necessary for county office.
- Adopt policies to ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided for all its students.
The members of the Shasta County Board of Education also serve as the Shasta County Committee on School District Organization. This is the legal body charged with overseeing the reorganization of school districts and district boundaries through territory transfers or unifications as well as the establishment or rearrangement of governing board trustee areas as required.
The Shasta County Board of Education has legal authority to review the procedures and reasoning followed by a school district after the school district has rejected or failed to rule on an interdistrict attendance request. The Shasta County Board of Education will determine whether to grant or deny an interdistrict attendance appeal after reviewing the relevant facts from the parent/guardian, student, and local school district(s) involved.
The Shasta County Board of Education Policy 5117.1 and the Interdistrict Attendance Appeal Handbook provides direction and information to parents/guardians and students who wish to appeal a school district's decision to not grant an interdistrict attendance agreement. It is also provided as a tool for school districts to assist them in preparing for an appeal hearing.
The Shasta County Board of Education has limited authority under law to review the procedures followed by the school district prior to expelling a pupil to determine whether the Education Code was complied with; whether "due process" was afforded: and whether there is evidence to support the local governing board's finding and decision supporting the expulsion.
The Shasta County Board of Education Policy 5144.3 and the Expulsion Appeal Handbook was prepared to assist expelled pupils and their parents/guardians in understanding the appeal process and the rights of the pupil. The Handbook constitutes the official procedures adopted by the Board for conducting expulsion appeals.