A Guide to Meetings of the Governing Board
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Governing Board is a five member Board elected by voters of the District to serve four-year terms. Among its many duties, the Board establishes policy and procedures, employs the Superintendent, establishes a budget and acts as advocate of the District.
Meetings of the Governing Board are subject to provisions of The Ralph M. Brown Act which govern open meetings of local government bodies.
The posted agenda contains a brief general description of each matter to be considered or discussed. Back-up agenda materials, with the exception of closed session items, are available for public review on our Website or in the District Office.
Addressing the Board
Public Comment on non-agendized items is taken at the beginning of a regular meeting under the section Community Input on Non-Agendized Items. Speakers are requested to fill out a card noting the topic they wish to address and give it to the Executive Secretary BEFORE the meeting begins. The Board President calls speakers to the podium when it is their turn to speak. Time alocated to each speaker is generally 5 minutes, with a maximum of 20 minutes per topic, but the Board has the discretion to modify time limits as they see necessary. The Brown Act prohibits the Board from acting on or discussing non-agendized items.
Public Comment on each agendized item is taken after the item has been introduced by staff, and before Board discussion. Speakers are requested to fill out a card noting the agendized topic they wish to address and give it to the Executive Secretary.The Board President calls speakers to the podium when it is their turn to speak. Time allocated to each speaker is generally 5 minutes, with a maximum of20 minutes per topic, but the Board has the discretion to modify time limits as they see necessary.
Public Comment is only taken on agendized items during special meetings of the Board. If a member of the public wishes to address the board on a non-agendized item he or she may to do so at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Regularly Scheduled Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board are generally scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:00 PM (5:00 Closed Session) in the Mountain Shadows Educational Center Conference Room, 7165 Burton Avenue, Rohnert Park, and are posted 72 hours in advance. For a current schedule of regular meetings and agendas of the Board contact the Superintendent’s Office at 792-4722 or visit www.crpusd.org.
Special Board Meetings
Special meetings of the Board can be called as necessary. Special meeting notices are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and state time and location as well as all business to be transacted or discussed.Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes are kept of all Board meetings as record of all actions taken by the Governing Board. Once adopted, minutes become public records and are available for review in the Superintendent’s Office and are posted on the District website.
All regular and special meetings are held in public. However,the Board may meet privately in Closed Session for certain purposes that are specifically authorized by provisions of the Brown Act and Education Code. Closed Session may be held before and/or after the Public Session portion of a meeting. Closed Session items are briefly described on the posted agenda with their specific statutory government code exemption. Public comment on closed session agenda items is taken under the section Community Input on Closed Session Items, before the Board adjourns to Closed Session. Action taken in Closed Session is reported out as required by law.
Spanish Language Translation
An oral translation of Board meeting can be arranged by contacting the District Office in advance of the meeting.
Each agenda provides information of how individuals requiring disability-related accommodations or modifications to attend a meeting can request these services.