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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 4. ELECTIONS [5000 - 5442]

  ( Part 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Boards of Education [5200 - 5231]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 2. Elections [5220 - 5231]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

5220.
  

Boards of education are elected in cities under the provisions of the laws governing the respective cities, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5221.
  

Whenever the charter of a city comprising in whole or in part an elementary school district, fails to provide for the manner in which, the times at which, and the terms for which the members of the board of education of such city are appointed, and for the number which shall constitute such board, the governing board of the elementary school district within which the city is located or with which the city is coterminous is the board of education of the city.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5222.
  

Except as provided in Section 5221, whenever the charter of any city fails to provide for the manner in which, the times at which, or the terms for which the members of the city board of education shall be elected or appointed, for their qualifications, removal, or for the number which shall constitute such board, the provisions of this division shall apply to the matter not provided for.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5223.
  

The members of any elective city board of education shall be elected at large from the territory within the boundaries of the school district or districts which are under the jurisdiction of the city board of education, whether sitting as a board of education, high school board, or community college board, and any qualified elector of the territory shall be eligible to be a member of such city board of education.

When outside territory has been annexed to a city for school purposes it shall be deemed a part of the city for the purpose of holding the general municipal election, and shall form one or more election precincts, as may be determined by the legislative authority of the city. The qualified electors of the annexed territory shall vote only for the board of education or the board of school trustees.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5224.
  

In any school district or community college district situated wholly or partly within a city containing a population of over 1,900,000 according to the 1950 federal census, the governing board shall be composed of seven members holding office numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and shall be elected at large at the same time and in the same manner as the members of the city council of said city, and shall serve for a term of four years. The four members of such board whose terms of office expire July 1, 1947, shall be considered as holding office numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7 (such members within 15 days after the effective date of Chapter 725 of the Statutes of 1945 to determine by lot at a regular board meeting the number of the office each holds), and the remaining offices shall be known as office numbers 2, 4, and 6 (to be allocated by lot in the same manner as hereinbefore provided for office numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7). All such members’ terms shall commence on the first day of April next succeeding their election.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5224.1.
  

Section 5224 does not apply to a school district that is situated in a city governed by a charter that provides for a governing board consisting of not less than seven members who are elected from districts that contain, as nearly as practicable, equal fractions of the total population of the school district. The governing board of the school district shall be elected and constituted as provided in the charter and other applicable law.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 54, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1998.)

5225.
  

Notwithstanding Section 5033, when a unified school district is formed pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 35700) of Part 21 of Division 3 of Title 2, which includes a city school district having a city board of education as provided under Section 5224, the unified school district shall be governed by said city board of education and the governing board members thereof shall continue in office for the remainder of their terms as elected pursuant to Section 5224.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 386, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2016.)

5227.
  

In those cases in which the boundaries of the school district, high school district, or community college district, governed by a city board of education, are not coterminous with the boundaries of the city, and where elections, either primary, general, or recall, of members of the board of education are by the provisions of the laws governing the cities held at times other than on the day of municipal elections, general or special, the cost and expense of the district elections shall be a legal charge against the funds of the district or districts governed by the board of education. The city shall be reimbursed by the district or districts for its actual cost and expense incurred in the conduct of the election or elections. The cost and expense of conducting the election in territory common to two or more districts shall be borne by the districts in equal shares. In territory within a single district the cost shall be borne by the district.

In those cases in which the school district, high school district, or community college district is governed by a city board of education, and elections, either primary, general, or recall, of members of the board of education are by the provisions of the laws governing the cities held on the same day as municipal elections, general or special, a proportionate part of the actual cost and expense of the election shall be a legal charge against the school districts governed by the board of education. The city shall be reimbursed for the proportionate cost and expense incurred in the conduct of the election. The cost and expense of the elections within the boundaries of the city shall be apportioned between the city and the districts in the ratio that the total number of offices to be filled and propositions to be voted upon by the electors of the city and the school district or districts, respectively, bears to the total number of offices to be filled and propositions submitted. The cost and expense of the election in territory outside of the municipal boundaries shall be borne by the districts affected. As between the districts, costs and expense shall be apportioned as follows: In territory common to two or more districts the cost of conducting the election shall be borne in equal shares, and in territory within a single district the cost shall be borne by the district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5228.
  

An election for members of the governing board of a community college district which has been divided into wards as provided in Section 5227 may be held, at the discretion of the governing board, on the same date and in the same manner as the city election for any chartered city located within the boundaries of the community college district. Such election when held shall be conducted by the chartered city on behalf of the community college district with the expenses of the election within the boundaries of the city apportioned between the city and the school districts in the manner prescribed by Section 5227.

Where a city charter does not specify a date for such elections, city boards of education may, by unanimous vote, determine that governing board member elections for that district shall be held on the date prescribed for the regular biennial school district governing board member elections, in which event the provisions of Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 5300) of this part relating to the consolidation of governing board member elections shall apply.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5229.
  

(a) (1) If a unified school district governed by a board of education of five members includes a chartered city, the charter of which provides for a board of education, the members of which are to be elected pursuant to this code and to hold office for the terms provided by this code, and three members of that board of education were elected to hold office for a term expiring during the school year commencing on the date the district was formed for all purposes, the office of three members of the board of education shall be filled at the first election of governing board members following the date of formation for all purposes.

(2) The term of office of the three members elected pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be determined by lot. The term of one member shall expire on the first Friday in December of the first succeeding odd-numbered year following his or her election; and the terms of two members shall expire on the first Friday in December of the second succeeding odd-numbered year following their election. The persons elected to succeed the three members shall hold office for four years.

(b) In a unified school district formed pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 35700) of Part 21 of Division 3 of Title 2, which includes a chartered city, the governing board of the school district shall be the board of education of such city or city and county, provided that all qualified electors residing within the unified school district are eligible to vote at all elections held for the election of members of the city board of education and any elector residing in the district, or in a trustee area if the district is divided into trustee areas, is eligible to serve as a member of that board.

(c) In the event a unified district includes a chartered city, the governing board of the unified school district shall consist of either five or seven members, and shall be elected at large or by trustee areas, as designated by the unification proposal, and any elector residing in the district, or in a trustee area if the district is divided into trustee areas, is eligible to serve as a member of the board. The first governing board of any such unified school district shall be elected in the manner prescribed by Section 35101, except where the charter of the included chartered city expressly provides for the election of the first governing board of a newly formed unified school district, in which case those provisions of the charter shall control the election of the governing board.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 386, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2016.)

5230.
  

In the event a newly unified district includes a chartered city, the first governing board of the district shall be selected pursuant to Section 35101 or, in the event the charter of such city expressly provides for the calling and setting of the election of the first governing board of a newly unified school district, the charter shall apply.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

5231.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, when elections for school district governing board members in existing or newly formed school districts are conducted in conjunction with the municipal election of a chartered city on other than the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, newly elected members, unless the charter provides otherwise, shall take office 37 days after the day of election; provided, however, if the charter of a city provides for a municipal nominating or primary election and a general municipal election, the newly elected members shall take office 37 days after the date fixed by the charter for the general municipal election. The terms of office of outgoing members shall expire on the day before such newly elected members take office.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 9.)

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