Board of Education



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Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. School board members are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing a community’s public schools. The role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of their communities. Boards fulfill this role by performing five major responsibilities:

• Setting direction
• Establishing an effective and efficient structure
• Providing support
• Ensuring accountability
• Providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district and public schools


These five responsibilities represent core functions that are so fundamental to a school system’s accountability to the public that they can only be performed by an elected governing body. Authority is granted to the board as a whole, not each member individually. Therefore, board members fulfill these responsibilities by working together as a governance team with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all the students in the community.

In California, there are approximately 1,000 school districts and county offices of education that are governed by more than 5,000 school board members. California’s is the largest public school system in the nation, serving more than 6 million students — a collective student body larger than the total population of many other states.


  Board of Education Meeting LOCATION


For this meeting, there will be no physical meeting location open to the public. The Board encourages members of the public to join and participate in the meeting electronically through any of the following currently available methods:


  Livestream Links



 Submission of Public Comments


1. To participate and provide verbal comments on your computer (Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device)

•  Click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82693872071
•  If Zoom is not already installed on your computer, click “Download & Run Zoom” on the launch page and press “Run” when prompted by your browser.
•  If Zoom has previously been installed on your computer, please allow a few moments for the application to launch automatically.
•  Select “Join Audio via Computer.”
•  The virtual conference room will open. If you receive a message reading, “Please wait for the host to start this meeting,” simply remain in the room until the meeting begins.
•  Prior to consideration of the specific agenda item, staff will prompt members of the public when to use the “raise hand” function to submit their request to speak on that specific agenda item.
•  During the appropriate time, use the “raise hand” function located in the participants’ window. RUSD staff will ask you to unmute your line when it is your turn to speak. Limit oral comments to 3 minutes, or as otherwise directed by the Board President.

2. To listen and provide verbal comments by phone

•  Call (669) 900-6833 to access the conference room. Given high call volumes recently experienced by Zoom, please continue dialing until you connect successfully.
•  Enter the Meeting ID: 826 9387 2071 followed by #. Indicate that you are a participant by pressing # to continue.
•  You will hear audio of the meeting in progress. Remain on the line if the meeting has not yet started.
•  Prior to consideration of the specific agenda item, staff will prompt members of the public when to use the “raise hand” function to submit their request to speak on that specific agenda item.
•  During the appropriate time, press *9 to add yourself to the queue and wait for district staff to prompt you to speak. RUSD staff will ask you to unmute your line by pressing *6 when it is your turn to speak. Limit oral comments to 3 minutes, or as otherwise directed by the Board President.

Facilitation of Public Input

For items of business to be transacted or discussed by the Board, members of the public will have an opportunity to have their public input facilitated prior to the Board's consideration of such item. Public comments will be facilitated for 3 timed minutes prior to the Board's consideration of the item, unless, in consideration of the number of persons wishing to be heard, the Board President, with Board consent, increases or decreases the time allowed for public input consistent with the Board's policy (BB 9323) of maintaining 20 minutes of public input per item.

Members of the public will also have their public input facilitated on any item of interest to the public that is not on the agenda as an item of business to be transacted or discussed by the Board, but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board, by having their public input facilitated during the "Public Input" portion of the meeting's agenda. Public comments will be facilitated for 3 timed minutes, unless, in consideration of the number of persons wishing to be heard, the Board President, with Board consent, increases or decreases the time allowed for public input consistent with the Board's policy (BB 9323) of maintaining 20 minutes of public input for this segment of the meeting.

Upon request, this agenda will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to access, provide public comment during, or otherwise participate in a meeting should direct such request to the District Superintendent’s Office at 951-788-7135 extension 80417. Additionally, any person lacking access to an Internet-enabled device and requiring assistance to access, provide public comment during, or otherwise participate in a meeting, should contact the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education, Beth Martin, at emartin@riversideunified.org Timely notification prior to a meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.

Pursuant to Government Code 54957.5, copies of agenda materials are available in the District’s administrative offices located at 3380 Fourteenth Street, Riverside, California. Pursuant to Government Code section 54957.5, writings that are public records that relate to an open session agenda item and are distributed to a majority of Board members less than 72 hours prior to the meeting are available for public inspection at the address listed.
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Mrs. Kathy Allavie
President
kallavie@riversideunified.org

Tom Hunt picture

Mr. Tom Hunt
Vice-President
thunt@riversideunified.org

Brent Lee picture

Mr. Brent Lee
Clerk
blee@riversideunified.org



Mrs. Patricia Lock-Dawson
Member
pdawson@riversideunified.org



Dr. Angelov Farooq
Member
afarooq@riversideunified.org

Student Board Members 2020-2021

Student Board Members
2020-2021


  For any board of education questions, please contact:



 Beth Martin Image Beth Martin
Executive Assistant II to the Board of Education
Emartin@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80417