Santa Cruz City Schools is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Meetings are usually held twice each month on Wednesdays.

Meeting Dates and Locations

Check the "Agenda, Board Books & Minutes & Recordings" page for meeting dates and locations.

Please Welcome Board Member Cynthia Ranii to SCCS

Dear SCCS Community,

I am writing to welcome Cynthia Ranii as our newest member of the SCCS Board. On October 11, the Board of Trustees appointed Cynthia to fill the at-large position vacated by Alisun Thomspon in late August.  We were very fortunate to have four dedicated community members participate in our application and interview process, each of whom have experiences and perspectives that would be assets to our district. 

Cynthia brings a passionate and enduring commitment to public education.  She has deep and varied experiences working with diverse communities as a teacher, principal, and as a superintendent.  She also has experience serving on several community boards and a planning commission.  In addition, she served in the Peace Corps in Iran and was a member of Rotary International.  One of Cynthia's personal interests is table tennis.  Having competed around the world, Cindy won a Bronze Medal at the Parapan American Games and is the Bay Area Senior Women's Champion. 

Cynthia will be sworn in at our next regularly scheduled Board meeting on 10/18/17. 

We are grateful to have Cynthia join the SCCS team!

Best regards,

Kris Munro, Superintendent


How to Request An Item on the Board Meeting Agenda

Requests from members of the public shall be in writing and be submitted to the Superintendent or designee with supporting documents and information, if any, at least 12 days before the scheduled meeting date. The Board president and Superintendent shall decide whether a request is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board. Items not within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board may not be placed on the agenda. In addition, the Board president and Superintendent shall determine if the item is merely a request for information or whether the issue is covered by an existing policy or administrative regulation before placing the item on the agenda.

The Superintendent will communicate with the member of the public about when a requested item will be placed on an agenda or if it has been determined that an item is not within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board.

The Board president and Superintendent shall decide whether an agenda item is appropriate for discussion in open or closed session, and whether the item should be an action item subject to Board vote, an information item that does not require immediate action, or a consent item that is routine in nature and for which no discussion is anticipated.

Goals and Objectives, 2017-18

Annually, the district and the Board of Education jointly develop goals and objectives that guide their decisions regarding policy, programs and budget allocations.

Vision Statement – Create and support a learning environment that challenges and enables students to achieve their highest potential.

Core Values – We believe...

  • that every person has intrinsic worth

  • in treating people with dignity and respect

  • that high standards and expectations foster greater achievement

  • that people thrive in safe environments

  • that each of us shares responsibility for the welfare of our community

  • that diversity is an asset in our community

  • that honesty and integrity are essential in building relationships

  • that schools must provide access and equity

  • in the critical role that public schools play in our democracy

Strategic Goals

1.  All SCCS students will be college-ready and will successfully access post secondary educational and career opportunities.

2.  SCCS will create positive, engaging school environments that promote the development of cognitive skills and the emotional social well-being of all students.

3.  We will eliminate the achievement gaps that currently exist between demographic groups within the SCCS student community.

4.  We will develop a highly collaborative, professional culture focused on supporting effective teaching.

5.  SCCS will maintain a balanced budget and efficient and effective management.

6.  SCCS will maintain strong communication and partnerships with its diverse community.



MARCH 27, 2015–SANTA CRUZ, CA -The SCCS Board took a major step toward demonstrating its commitment to governing effectively on behalf of the students and communities it serves by formally adopting new Professional Governance Standards at its meeting on February 25, 2015.

“We are excited to be among the school districts in the state to adopt the Professional Governance Standards,” said Claudia Vestal, Board President. “We believe these standards are an important tool that will help us with the vital task of governing our district.They are also a valuable resource for parents and the public to better understand the critical jobs that school boards must carry out on behalf of students.”

The Professional Governance Standards were developed by the California School Boards Association under the leadership of the organization’s more than 270 locally elected delegates and directors. The Professional Governance Standards provide a set of commonly agreed upon principles and practices for effective board governance in three interrelated categories: the individual trustee, the governing team and the specific jobs of the board. Board members and superintendents from throughout the state provided input during the development of the standards, which are based on the CSBA EffectiveGovernance System.

 “We believe that locally adopting the standards not only helps our governing team, but sends a strong message that as local school leaders we are willing to step up and be held accountable for our behavior as board members and for carrying out the critical jobs with which we are charged,” said Board President Claudia Vestal. “We have standards for students, teachers, and administrators, and now we have Professional Governance Standards for our own board as well.”

Board Governance Standards 

Board Members

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Jeremy Shonick2

Jeremy Shonick
Area I/City of Santa Cruz 
Term Expires 2018
(831) 425-3820


Deborah Tracy-Proulx
Area I City of Santa Cruz
Term Expires 2018
(831) 251-0943


Sheila Coonerty
Area I/City of Santa Cruz
Term Expires 2020
(831) 454-9449

Perez-Granados Photo

Deedee Perez-Granados
Board Vice President
Area II/ Outside City
Term Expires 2018
(831) 498-9434

Claudia Vestal
Board President
Area II/Outside City
Term Expires 2020
(831) 476-1728

Cynthia Ranii

Cindy Ranii
Area III/At Large
Term Expires 2018
(831) 419-6427



Patricia Threet                                                         
Area II/Outside City
Term Expires 2020

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