The County Board of Education is comprised of seven members who are elected to a four-year term. Each member is a registered voter in the Trustee area they represent. The Board elects a president and a vice president at its annual organizational meeting in December. A quorum of four members is required to conduct regular business.

Board Meeting Time and Place

Regular meetings of the Board are normally held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065.*  Exceptions include the months of January, July, and August, when there is one meeting on the third Wednesday of the month, and December, when there is one meeting on the second Wednesday of the month.  Please see the schedule below for the specific meeting dates this year.  Any additional exceptions to the regular schedule are announced through the SMCOE website, posted at the San Mateo County Office of Education building, and posted at both the Downtown Redwood City Library and the Redwood Shores Branch Library.

*However, during the period in which state or local officials have imposed or recommended social distancing measures, and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20 remains in effect, Board meetings will be conducted by videoconference and will begin at 6:00 p.m., not 7:00 p.m.   

To communicate with the Board, contact Jennifer Perna at (650) 802-5552 or

Board Responsibilities

  • Approves policies, regulations, and curriculum for the schools and educational programs operated by the County Office of Education
  • Approves the annual budget of the County Office of Education and sets the County Superintendent of Schools' salary
  • Receives an annual audit of the County Office of Education's budget
  • Serves as the governing board for the Regional Occupational Program/Career Technical Education
  • Serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion appeals, interdistrict attendance appeals, and charter schools
  • Advocates on behalf of education on the county, state, and national level
  • Informs local communities about the programs and achievements of the County Office of Education

Members of the Board of Education also participate in ad hoc or long-standing subcommittees that address the Board's responsibilities and priorities.

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Board Meeting Schedule

Agendas and Minutes

Board Policies

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Jennifer Perna

Executive Assistant to the Board


Phone: (650) 802-5552