The Monterey County Committee on School District Organization is responsible for overseeing the reorganization of school districts in the county through territory transfer, district consolidation, and unification. It is empowered to:
Create, abolish, or rearrange trustee areas
Increase or decrease the number of governing board members
Determine alternative methods of electing governing board members
Establish or abolish common governing boards
Rearrange trustee areas based on the federal decennial census
The County Committee may initiate, coordinate, facilitate, or arbitrate these operations. It may also formulate plans, respond to petitions, conduct public hearings, develop and release information, and analyze proposals related to the organization of Monterey County school districts.
The County Committee is subject to the legal requirements of the California Education Code and State Board of Education policies and regulations, but has latitude to address each local situation in its own context. The California Department of Education (CDE) provides a Handbook for School District Organization, which details the duties, responsibilities, and processes that must be followed.
John McPherson is currently the chairperson of the County Committee. Janet Wohlgemuth is the vice chairperson.
The Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, who is the Secretary to the Committee, and the Monterey County Office of Education staff are available to render professional assistance to the Committee.