The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is accepting applications until July 31 for 35 total openings in various district advisory committees.

There are 10 spots open on the Early Child Care and Development group, eight spots open for Special Education, seven spots for Intercultural Equity and Excellence, five spots for Health and Safety and five for Visual and Performing Arts.

Sarah Wahrenbrock, assistant to the superintendent, wrote in an e-mail that the large number of total openings available is due to the fact that no new members were appointed mid-year.

The committees bridge the gap between school board members and the citizenry by offering an opportunity for community members, parents and educators to discuss issues and concerns, district officials said.

Committee members are expected to keep learning and achievement for all students as a priority; to value, support and advocate public education; recognize and respect different perspectives among fellow members, parents, staff, students and the community; and conduct themselves in a dignified and professional manner.

Board of Education members will make appointments to fill committee vacancies in August and committee membership terms range from one to four years.

Applications are available at www.smmusd.org.

For more information on each committee’s role visit  www.smmusd.org/DAC/index.html.