The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected by voters residing within the district’s boundaries. Trustees serve three-year terms without pay. While candidates run for specific places, they do not represent specific geographical areas; rather, each represents Coppell ISD at-large. School Board elections are held annually. Vacancies occurring after the election may be filled by appointment until the next election is conducted. Following the annual election, the Board elects a president, vice president, and secretary to serve for one-year terms.
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.
Board Policy Board Policy is a written guideline adopted by the Board of Trustees under which the school district operates. Board policy should reflect essential board governance statements, such as broad authorizations of programs and services or outlining the administration’s role in implementing these programs.
Board Operating Procedures Board Operating Procedures is a written guideline for CISD Trustees to follow as they serve Coppell ISD and the community. These procedures are intended to serve as a guide to assist Board Members in conducting board business. Board Operating Procedures are not a statement of Board Policy and are not intended to supersede or modify legal or local policy or state law. The Board Operating Procedures will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees on a regular basis.