On Tuesday, September 10, 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.

Here is the timeline for the 2019-20 Student Board Member:

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Documents of Candidacy become available to students (students can begin filing their documents of candidacy)
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019: Documents of Candidacy Filing Deadline
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: Open Election
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Runoff Election (if needed)
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Student Sworn In/Oath of Office

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is a Student Board Member?

A student that will serve 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 will participate in discussions and represent all the students of the San Diego Unified School District via their preferential voting rights, which means the student’s vote will be expressed 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 from 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 (a minimum of 2-3 meetings per month).  The approved meeting dates for 2019-20 are posted athttps://www.sandiegounified.org/board-meeting-information

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 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 will be 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 working in partnership with district leadership on the issues that directly affect the education of students, to propose solutions for issues relevant to students, advise on courses of action for student affairs and work to create districtwide 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:

  • Be currently enrolled at a high school in 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 will be 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:

  • Candidate Information Statement (Required): The candidate completes this document to provide basic information to the Board of Education Office. The Candidate Information Statement is not public record.
  • 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. The Nomination Papers are public record. 
  • 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. If a candidate wants to prepare a statement, he/she should contact the Board of Education Office for more details. The Candidate’s Statement is public record after the close of Candidate Filing. 
  • 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. The Declaration of Candidacy is public record.

Submit your completed Documents of Candidacy via email or deliver them in person between the hours or 8:00am-4:00pm to the Election Administrator:

Stacey Seiders
4100 Normal St. Room 2140 San Diego, CA 92103

Once I apply, what happens next?

Once you email or deliver in person (between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm) 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.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Stacey Seiders
Election Administrator