Board of Education
The San José Unified Board of Education traditionally meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. Regular meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at 855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126, except as noted or when a closed session is scheduled. The agenda shall be posted on our online Board document management system, 72 hours prior to a regular meeting. Materials for special meetings will be posted 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
The Board of Education has five members who are elected by trustee area and one student board member appointed each year by the Board of Education. Seats for odd-numbered trustee areas are elected during presidential election years. Seats for even-numbered trustee areas are elected during gubernatorial election years.Top
The Board of Education values public input and encourages members of the public to attend meetings and address the Board concerning any item on the agenda or within the Board’s jurisdiction. Public participation guidelines are set forth in Board Bylaw 9323.
A member of the public wishing to address the Board should complete the appropriate “Request to Speak” card and submit it to the Board’s Assistant prior to the conclusion of Public Comments. Cards are located on a table near the entrance to the Board Room.
Speakers should clearly identify whether they are addressing an agenda item or non-agenda item by selecting the appropriate speaker card.
- Green cards should be submitted for comments in favor of an agenda item
- Red cards should be submitted for comments in opposition to an agenda item
- Yellow cards should be submitted for matters not on the agenda
Allocated Time to Speak
Individual speakers who are recognized to speak should identify themselves and will be allowed two minutes to address the Board for each Request to Speak card. The Board may limit the total time for public comment on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public comment, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard.
In accordance with Board Bylaw 9324, a video or audio recording may be made and/or broadcast at any open Board meeting. If the Board finds that noise, illumination, or obstruction of view related to video or audio recording would persistently disrupt the proceedings, these activities shall be discontinued or restricted as determined by the Board.
Recordings made at the direction of the Board during open Board meetings are public records and shall be kept for at least 30 days.