What is the job of the School Board President?
Original post made by Upset Voter, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2010
You can see the job description at: Web Link
BYLAWS OF THE BOARD: PRESIDENT
I. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Board; maintain order; enforce the rules of the Board at all meetings; sign bonds, notes, agreements, contracts, titles, leases and other legal instruments ordered to be executed by the Board; appoint all temporary committees; and disband such committees, unless otherwise ordered by the majority of the Board.
II. The president shall have all the rights of any member of the Board, including the right to move, second, discuss and vote on any and all questions before the Board. (EC 35022)
III. The president shall confer with the Superintendent to establish the agenda prior to each meeting of the Board.
IV. The president or his/her designee shall develop a yearly calendar which establishes a time line for regular updates on district goals and reports that are of interest to the Board of Trustees. The calendar shall also include:
A. Regular meeting dates
B. Special meeting dates
C. Planned Board activities
D. Any other activities the Board of Trustees deem important.
That is the job. Now tell me what Valerie Arkin is not ready for? She can preside at the meeting of the Board just as good as other members. She can maintain order, sign notes (which is what the clerk does also and the men on the board thought she could do that). She is qualified to confer with the Superintendent to establish the agenda prior to each meeting of the Board (just as much as any other board member). She is qualified to develop a yearly calendar (which is pretty much set in stone anyway).
This is clearly a power struggle of the men on the board (or maybe it is just the good 'ol boys).
The community voted for Valeria Arkin because they thought she was qualified for the Board. Board President does not take any additional skills. This Board has no authority to say that the voters did not vote in a qualified member. This action of the board is clearly sexism. I don't see how any of them could honestly say that she is not ready for the job listed above.
I can only hope that the men on the board reconsider their last vote for president and vote on it again at the next meeting. They are supposed to be role models for our students. They have created a hostile environment which is detrimental to the district. The board needs an environment of mutual respect in order to function well. These tough budget times especially need this.