HOW A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD
II. ADOPT POLICIES AND REVIEW FOR EFFECTIVENESS
STATE BOARD DUTIES The Texas Open Meetings Act requires government entities to conduct public business responsibly, transparently and in compliance with the law. ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING Residents can attend school board meetings except when policy permits trustees to meet in closed session. SPEAK BEFORE THE BOARD Most school boards dedicate time in their public meeting agendas to hear input from community members. REQUEST PUBLIC RECORDS SOURCES: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS, TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Citizens have access to information about government activity through the Texas Public Information Act. The State Board of Education includes 15 individuals elected to four-year terms. This board sets policies and standards for public schools statewide. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: • establishes curriculum standards; • reviews and adopts instructional materials; • determines graduation requirements; • oversees the Texas Permanent School Fund; and • reviews and potentially vetoes the commissioner’s proposed award of new charter schools.
Trustees adopt local policies that guide district operations, such as citizen participation at public meetings and the board’s evaluation of the superintendent. State and federal law also regulate policies, such as campaign ethics and when closed meetings can take place.
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III. HIRE AND EVALUATE THE SUPERINTENDENT
Public school board members in Texas are unpaid volunteers elected to their positions by voters living in the communities they serve. School boards provide local governance of their school districts and can only take action by a majority vote at public meetings. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES School boards oversee management, policymaking, planning and evaluation while the superintendent implements these matters and manages the district’s day-to-day operations, according to the Texas Association of School Boards.
School boards are responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent, who manages the district’s day-to-day operations and advises the board on governance decisions. The superintendent also ensures the board’s policies are implemented appropriately.
IV. ADOPT A BUDGET AND SET A TAX RATE
The board adopts the district’s budget and tax rate each year. Trustees ensure the administration’s budget proposal aligns with their goals and priorities, amend the budget throughout the year as needed and approve an annual nancial report by an independent auditor.
SOURCE: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
I. ADOPT GOALS AND MONITOR SUCCESS
V. COMMUNICATE WITH THE COMMUNITY
One of the functions of a local school board is to develop goals and priorities for the district. Administration regularly presents reports on district
According to the TASB, school boards serve as the link between the district and the community. Trustees inform residents, students, sta, parents and the media about district plans, actions and accomplishments.
operations and progress toward those goals. State data can also help trustees compare performance to other districts.
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MEET THE BOARD
Each of the school board members in both the San Marcos and Hays CISDs is elected to three-year terms. Texas law does not dictate term limits for local school board members. Each of the board’s meeting schedules can be found online at www.smcisd.net and www.hayscisd.net, respectively.
SAN MARCOS CISD Miguel Arredondo District 1 Term ends: 2023 email@example.com Margie T. Villalpando District 2 Term ends: 2023 firstname.lastname@example.org Mayra Mejia District 3 Term ends: 2023 email@example.com Brian Shanks District 4
HAYS CISD Raul Vela Jr. District 1 Term ends: 2023 firstname.lastname@example.org Esmeralda Pérez-González District 2 Term ends: 2023 email@example.com Courtney Runkle District 3 Term ends: 2024 firstname.lastname@example.org Byron Severance District 4
Term ends: 2025 email@example.com Clementine Cantu District 5 Term ends: 2025 firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Halsey Trustee at large Term ends: 2024 email@example.com Mari Salmi Trustee at large Term ends: 2024 firstname.lastname@example.org
Term ends: 2025 email@example.com Esperanza Orosco District 5 Term ends: 2025 firstname.lastname@example.org Will McManus Trustee at large Term ends: 2024 email@example.com Vanessa Petrea Trustee at large Term ends: 2023 firstname.lastname@example.org
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