Welcome to the Board of Trustees’ Web Page
The Palo Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees is a five-member Board elected from the school district at large and serving four year terms. The role of the Board is to serve as a policy-making body for the school district. The Board is charged with providing the best possible education for the students of the District while conforming to Federal, State, and County laws. The District staff, headed by the Superintendent, carries out the policies and actions of the Board. Among the Board’s numerous duties is the adoption of the annual budget; approval of expenditures; employment of personnel; approval of the curriculum, textbooks, and courses of study; approval of facility plans and construction contracts.
Your participation in District business increases the public’s awareness, promotes understanding and maintains accountability. The Board welcomes your input.
Questions regarding Board meetings and community opportunities for participation may be directed to the Superintendent’s Office at 760 922-4164 ext 1236.
School Board Meetings
The Board of Trustees conducts regular meetings which are generally held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July, November, and December. Meetings are held in the District Office Board Room at 295 North First Street, Blythe, CA 92225, and commence at 6:00 P.M. unless otherwise posted. Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the Board’s business. All meetings of the Board are open to the public, with the exception of Closed Session meetings. Meetings are recorded for reference in preparing the minutes and, in accordance with the Board bylaws, the recording is maintained for a period of 30 days following the meeting. The official Board agenda is posted at the District Office at 295 North First Street in Blythe, and is also available via a link on this web site.
Addressing the Board
Each Board meeting includes an opportunity for the public to comment either during the Public Comment portion of the meeting or at the time a particular item is considered. Please complete a “comment card,” available at the sign-in table, and give it to the Clerk of the Board or the Executive Assistant seated at the Board dais. The Board President will call upon you and ask you to approach the podium at the appropriate time. Speakers may be called upon in the order that cards are received, or grouped by subject. To allow everyone the opportunity to speak, the Board asks that all participants respect the three minute time limit accorded to each speaker. In the case of numerous requests to address the same subject, the Board may select representatives to speak to each item. Proper decorum is requested at all times. Speakers will be asked to step down if improper language, topics, or closed session items are discussed. The Board will not respond to any speaker or matter discussed during the Hearing session of the Board meeting, but may direct the Superintendent to prepare a response for the speaker or to agendize an issue for a future Board meeting.
Placing Items on the Board Agenda
Members of the public may place items on the agenda of any regular board meeting. The items must be directly related to school district business. Requests for placement must be made in writing and delivered to the Superintendent’s office not later than 4:30 P.M. on the eighth business day prior to the meeting. The position of the item on the agenda will be determined by the Superintendent, who may consult with the Board president on any matter. Items placed on the agenda by the public will be for information and discussion, so that the Board may be advised of the views of the community. The Board reserves the right to place the item on the agenda of a subsequent meeting for action.
Corresponding with Board Members
The Board receives District news and information via the Superintendent’s office each Friday. Also, a District mailbox is maintained for each Board member. Written communication for the Board of Trustees may be addressed to each member of the Board at the Palo Verde Unified School District, 295 North First Street, Blythe, CA 92225. All incoming mail is unread and distributed directly to the Board members. Please allow sufficient time for the Board to receive the information. You may also want to correspond via electronic mail with Board members. A link is provided on this site to the Board Members’ district email account. Please note that a Board member’s electronic communication may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (Government Code 6250-6270).