Student Board Member

In 2019, the San Diego Unified Board of Education accepted a student petition and authorized installment of a student board representative, in line with California Education Code 35012.  Additional details can be found here, and in Board Bylaw 1035, available here.


The current student board representative’s term ends on June 30, 2021. If you are interested in becoming the district’s student board representative for a one-year term effective July 1, 2021, please see information below.


2021-22 Student Board Member election timeline:

Item

Date

Documents of Candidacy become available to students (students can begin filing their documents of candidacy)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Documents of Candidacy Filing Deadline

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Open Election

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Runoff Election (if needed)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Student Sworn In/Oath of Office

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is a Student Board Member?

What are the duties of a Student Board Member?

What are the expectations and responsibilities of being a Student Board Member?

What is the Student Advisory Board?

What qualifications do I need to meet to run for the Student Board Member position?

How do I apply to run for the Student Board Member position?

Once I apply, what happens next?

Who do I contact if I have questions?


Please see below for the answers to the FAQs.


What is a Student Board Member?

A student that serves alongside the five (5) Board Trustees on the San Diego Unified Board of Education.  The purpose of the Student Board Member is to provide students with a voice on the Board of Education.  The Student Board Member participates in discussions and represents all the students of the San Diego Unified School District via preferential voting rights, which means the student’s vote is expressed and recorded into the official minutes but does not affect the numerical outcome of the Board of Education vote.  The term is for one school year.


What are the duties of a Student Board Member?

  1. Represent all students and facilitate the discussion of all sides of issues. This duty does not preclude the Student Board Member form stating his/her/their individual opinion.
  2. Provide continuing input for board deliberations.
  3. Strengthen communications between the Board and district students.
  4. Serve as President of the Student Advisory Board.

What are the expectations and responsibilities of being a Student Board Member?

The Student Board Member should plan to attend all Board meetings, Workshops, etc., but at a minimum should attend all meetings held at the San Diego Unified School District Education Center Auditorium or virtually if directed (a minimum of 2-3 meetings per month).  The approved meeting dates for 2021-22 are posted at https://www.sandiegounified.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=27732478&pageId=28034349

 

The student will need to be familiar with the Agendas prior to the meetings in order to make informed comments and votes.  Agendas are also posted at the link above. The agendas with supporting materials can be quite lengthy.  It will require a large commitment on the student’s part to attend the Board meetings, Workshops, etc., read through the agendas ahead of time and ask questions so that they are prepared for the Board meetings, Workshops, etc.

 

Draft Agendas are provided two Fridays before the meeting; these documents are Confidential as they are not yet available to the public.  Final Agendas and supporting materials will be prepared in notebook form and delivered to the Student Rep’s residence on the Friday evening that the agenda goes live, or will be made available via GoogleDoc, whichever is the preferred method for the student.


Additionally, the Student Board Member is expected to serve as the President of the Student Advisory Board which may meet up to once a month.  The Student Board Member should plan to schedule, prepare agendas and attend the Student Advisory Board meetings.


What is the Student Advisory Board?

The Student Advisory Board was created in the 2019-20 school year.  The mission of the Student Advisory Board is to serve to effectively represent and empower students of the San Diego Unified School District by advising district leadership on the issues that directly affect the education of students.  To propose solutions for issues relevant to students.  Advise district leadership on courses of action for student affairs.  Work to create district wide solutions for the problems discussed in meetings


What qualifications do I need to meet to run for the Student Board Member position?

Students interested in running must be enrolled in a high school of the school district, may be less than 18 years of age, and shall be chosen by the students enrolled in the high schools of the school district via a districtwide election.  


Eligibility Requirements: 

A candidate for Student Board Member must:

  • Currently be enrolled at a high school in the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Have not received any suspensions in the previous and current school year (exemptions can be made by the principal of the school where the student received the suspension as well as if the suspension is currently being appealed).
  • Have at least a 2.5 weighted GPA.
  • Be willing to dedicate an immense amount of time to this position.
  • A Student Board Member is expected to attend all open-session Board of Education meetings as well as all meetings held by the Student Advisory Board.
  • This commitment will result in spending multiple hours per week completing the tasks required of the Student Board Member. 

How do I apply to run for the Student Board Member position?

Steps to Become a Candidate for Student Board Member:

 

The following are Candidate Filing steps for a Student Board Member candidate to complete via this Google Form:

  • Candidate Information Statement (Required): The candidate completes this document to provide basic information. 
  •  Nomination Papers (Required): Nomination signatures must be obtained to become a candidate for Student Board Member. The number of signatures required for a Student Board Member candidate is 200 or 10% of the school.
  •  Candidate’s Statement (Required): A candidate for Student Board Member may prepare a brief description of his/her/their background and qualifications to be printed in the District’s Voter Information Guide. 
  •  Declaration of Candidacy (Required): This is the final step of Candidate Filing. The Declaration of Candidacy is the document on which the candidate indicates how he/she wants his/her name to appear on the ballot and what Ballot Designation he/she desires, if any. It also contains the Oath of Office. 

Submit your completed Documents of Candidacy via email or via the provided Google Form:

Stacey Seiders

sseiders@sandi.net

619-725-7125

4100 Normal St. Room 2140 

San Diego, CA 92103


Once I apply, what happens next?

Once you submit your completed Documents of Candidacy, you will receive an email confirming receipt.  Then the documents will be reviewed and verified within three (3) days at which time you will receive an email either approving candidacy or notifying you that something is missing or incomplete.  In the email approving your candidacy, you will also receive campaign regulations, the election timeline and the election process. 


As an FYI, students running to become the Student Board Member are subject to the following regulations:

  • Students are required to file reports on all campaign items and donations more than $50.00. This is to be turned into the Election Administrator.
  • Students who have declared candidacy for Student Board Member are required to comply with all policies of San Diego Unified when making social media posts that are in relation to their campaign. This means that any type of hate speech, false information, or cyber bullying will not be tolerated.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Stacey Seiders

Election Administrator

sseiders@sandi.net

619-725-7125