Ruth E. Mendyk is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Fresno office and co-chair of the firm's Students Practice Group. She specializes in facilities and business matters for public school districts. Her broad experience includes counseling school districts in the areas of public bidding, contract negotiations, public records, Brown Act and open meeting laws. Since joining Lozano Smith in 1996, Ms. Mendyk has also represented school districts and county offices of education in areas such as personnel matters, student issues, and general education law.
She has also worked extensively with school districts, cities and other public agencies in negotiating real property purchase agreements and in the eminent domain process.
Ms. Mendyk has conducted workshops and seminars for school district administrators on a variety of topics, including personnel matters, as well as board governance issues. She has also presented for the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA).
Ms. Mendyk is a member of CASBO and the California Council of School Attorneys. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association.
Ms. Mendyk received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
January 2019Number 4According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20111(a), the bid threshold for K-12 school districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $92,600, effective January 1, 2019. The notice may be viewed here.The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is expected to announce a similar adjus...
December 2018Number 88Through Assembly Bills (AB) 2826 and 2949, California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to make the interdistrict transfer process more accessible to families, as well as provide additional protections to students of military families, who are often subject to frequent school changes.Assembly Bill 2826 - Pupil Enrollment: Interdistrict Attendance:AB 2826 strives to make the interdistrict transfer process more transparent and timely for families. Under the new law...
November 2018Number 78Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a series of bills aimed at preventing bullying and suicide. These new laws require school districts to: 1) adopt procedures for bullying prevention; 2) provide suicide prevention hotline information on student identification cards; and 3) review and update policies on suicide prevention at least every five years.AB 2291 - Bullying Prevention Training and ResourcesIn an effort to curb bullying and harassment in schools, Assembly Bill (...
November 2018Number 68California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to promote student health and safety by approving several bills this session. Assembly Bills (AB) 1798, 2435 and 2816 were passed to create or expand requirements or funding for school districts in relation to bus transportation, air quality, and pesticide use.Assembly Bill 1798 - Passenger Restraint Systems on All School Buses by July 1, 2035Existing law requires passenger restraint systems on certain classes of schoo...
School districts' bid threshold for purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $90,200, effective January 1, 2018. This represents an increase of 2.20 percent over the 2017 bid limit. The notice may be viewed here.
Under Public Contract Code section 20111(a), school districts must competitively bid contracts over the bid limit and award to the lowest responsible bidder, unless an exception applies...
July 1, 2017 is the deadline for California educational agencies to post information on their websites about students' rights under Title IX. The new posting requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 1375 can be found in Education Code section 221.61 and are in addition to the website posting requirements related to competitive athletics found in section 221.9. (See 2016 Client News Brief No. 36.) Both sets of requirements are part of California's Sex Equity inEducation Act.
The 2015-16 school year marks the first time that public elementary and secondary schools that offer "competitive athletics" must post data about the gender makeup of their teams and their student participation. Charter schools must also comply.
By June 30 of each school year starting in 2016, each school must make the following information available on its website:
1) The total enrollment of the school, classified by gender;
2) The number of pupils enrolled at th...