Trustees act officially as a group to serve the best interests of the students and employees, and to protect the taxpayers’ investment in the district. Board authority is defined by federal and state law and by regulations set by the State Board of Education. For example, the State Board of Education dictates the curriculum that must be taught in all Texas public schools. The local School Board only has the authority to impact how that pre-determined curriculum is delivered to the students.
The Board is guided by parliamentary procedure as detailed in Robert’s Rules of Order. Responsibilities of the Board include, but are not limited to:
- Hiring a superintendent to serve as the chief executive officer of the district and evaluate the superintendent’s success.
- Approving an annual budget consistent with the district vision; adopt the district’s tax rate.
- Adopting policies that inform district actions.
- Ensuring creation of a vision and goals for the district and evaluate district success.
- Communicating the district vision and success to the community.
Board members are required to attend continuing education training every year and are encouraged to attend seminars that are helpful to their individual performance and/or support district goals. The Board President also assigns Board members to serve on district committees each year.