Santa Clara County Committee
County Committee Members
Functions and Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the County Committee on School District Organization is the reorganization of school districts, through territory transfers and unification. The Committee is also empowered by the Education Code to:
- Create or abolish trustee areas
- Increase or decrease the number of governing board members
- Rearrange trustee areas
- Determine alternative methods of electing governing board members
- Establish or abolish common governing boards; and
- Rearrange trustee areas based on federal decennial census.
The County Committee is the central initiator, coordinator, facilitator, and arbitrator for these operations. It formulates plans, responds to petitions, conducts public hearings, develops and releases information, and analyzes proposals.
The Committee is subject to the legal requirements expressed in the California Education Code and to policies and regulations of the State Board of Education. County Committees are given significant latitude to address each local situation in its own context.
Note: The California Department of Education has posted on its website the handbook for school district organization. The handbook details all the duties, responsibilities, and processes for the county committee. Click here to view the handbook.
Date last updated: May 21, 2013