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Inside the school board

At my first school board meeting, I felt like a pagan in church. I didn’t understand exactly what was happening, or why. Perhaps if you have attended a meeting or watched on TV, you know that feeling.

After serving on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees for more than seven years, I’m more comfortable now and can attempt to explain some of the goings-on.

First, I’d like to address the role of the board, and next week, focus on the meetings. Please keep in mind that these are my own brief, informal answers and not complete or legal definitions.

What is the purpose of the board of trustees?

The five board members, together with the superintendent, make up the governance team for the district. The superintendent leads the district much as a CEO runs a company, with support and oversight from a board of directors.


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