Ruth E. Mendyk

Partner | Fresno

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More from Ruth E. Mendyk


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Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
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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.

Presenter Experience
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).

Professional Affiliations
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.

New Law Requiring Later Start Times For Middle Schools And High Schools Creates Uncertainty For Educational Agencies

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

November 2019Number 66Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 328, which establishes new mandatory school day start times for most middle schools and high schools. SB 328 adds section 46148 to the Education Code, requiring high schools to set the beginning of the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m., and middle schools at no earlier than 8:00 a.m. The reasoning behind this new law is based on studies showing increased academic performance, school attendance, and health for students at s...

New Laws Narrow The Use Of Medical Exemptions For Student Immunizations

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

October 2019Number 54Through Senate Bills (SB) 276 and 714, California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to narrow the use of medical exemptions from immunization requirements by requiring a singular exemption form and consolidating oversight through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In creating stricter scrutiny over medical exemptions, SB 276 and 714 continue in the spirit of SB 277, adopted in 2015, which eliminated religious and personal belief exemptions to schoo...

Legislature Addresses Student Use Of Smartphones At School

By: Ruth MendykAimee PerryJoshua Whiteside-

October 2019Number 46The California Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 272, which will become effective January 1, 2020, specifically authorizing school districts to adopt a policy to limit or prohibit student smartphone use, while also granting students certain specific rights to possess and use a smartphone at school. Even though smartphone policies or guidelines are widely used already, this bill provides specific authorization, while also defining some limitations. In particul...

“Limited Due Process” Appropriate For Subcontractor Substitution Hearings

By: Ruth MendykWesley Carlson-

June 2019Number 26The California Court of Appeal recently outlined an appropriate level of due process required for a subcontractor substitution hearing. In JMS Air Conditioning and Appliance Service, Inc. v. Santa Monica Community College District (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 945, the court found that the hearing process used by the Santa Monica Community College District (College) provided the "limited due process" required for a substitution hearing. The JMS AirConditioning decision provides guid...

Bid Thresholds Raised For 2019

By: Ruth Mendyk-

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...

New Laws on Enrollment Offer Students More Flexibility and Stability and Require Website Posting by January 1, 2019

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

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...

New Laws Aim to Address Bullying and Suicide Prevention

By: Ruth MendykLeila Alamri-Kassim-

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 (...

New Laws Promote Student Health and Safety

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

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 District Bid Threshold Raised for 2018

By: Ruth Mendyk-

December 2017 Number 85 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...

New Title IX Website Posting Required by July 1

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

May 2017 Number 22 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. ...

Fall 2019 Legislative Roundup – Student Bills

By: Ruth MendykAimee Perry-

Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith Student Practice Group Leaders Ruth Mendyk and Aimee Perry regarding this year’s legislative enactments impacting students and tips for school districts in preparing for compliance with these new laws.