About the Madera Unified Board of Education
Important InformationTo comply with Governor Newsom's Office Executive Order N-29-20, which enhanced the Brown Act suspension language from the prior Executive Order N-25-20, this meeting will be held via Zoom, a cloud-based video communication that allows organizations to hold virtual meetings when in-person meetings are not available. Members of the public can view and participate in the meeting just as if they were present at any other Board meetings. This can be done from any electronic device (laptop, tablet, Chromebook, iPad, iPhone, etc) and from any location. To access the Zoom meeting live you can copy and paste the links provided in the online agenda, click here to access the agenda.As a reference, the new language in Executive Order N-29-20 includes the following:“A local legislative body or state body that holds a meeting via teleconferencing and allows members of the public to observe and address the meeting telephonically or otherwise electronically, consistent with the notice and accessibility requirements set forth below, shall have satisfied any requirement that the body allow members of the public to attend the meeting and offer public comment. Such body need not make available any physical location from which members of the public may observe the meeting and offer public comment.”We encourage members of the public who want to follow the meeting and/or want to provide comments during the public comment section of the meeting, to join at least 15 minutes prior to each portion of the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Zoom meeting, I kindly ask you email me your concerns by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Thank you.
The Madera Unified Board of Education is comprised of seven Board seats, each representing a specific geographic area of the district (map as PDF). Board members serve four-year terms, and there are no term limits.
Board members set policy, approve the district's budget, authorize the spending of budgeted funds, approve employee salaries and benefits, set policy which determines educational standards and goals, and approve curriculum. The Board also acts on recommendations of the superintendent, who is selected by the Board to implement their plans and policies.
Board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, with just a couple of exceptions. Only one Board meeting is held in July, and December (view meeting schedule). Meetings are held in the Madera Unified District Office’s board room, located at 1902 Howard Road.
Board meetings regularly begin at 5:00 p.m. before immediately adjourning to closed session. Should a member of the public wish to speak on an item on the closed session agenda, they are asked to arrive at 5:00 p.m.
The public session of Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Community members wishing to address the board in public regarding an item not on the formal agenda may do so under “Communications.” Each public comment is limited to three minutes, and the length of the Communications part of the meeting is 15 minutes. Community members wishing to address the board regarding an item on the formal agenda may do so at the time that item is discussed by the board.
All agendas are posted at the District Office at 1902 Howard Road and on the district’s website prior to the close of business on the Friday before the meeting. If you have questions regarding the agendas contact Gladys Diebert, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees at (559) 675-4500 extension 220 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org