The Role of a School Board Member
Welcome to the world of boardsmanship! These are challenging times for public education and great governance is needed more than ever before. Creating the capacity for our district to excel is not done by accident. It takes the deliberate and intentional efforts of a governing board who has a unity of purpose focused on our students.
As a school board member, you have much to learn about your roles and responsibilities. It seems almost instantly after taking the oath of office, you are expected to become skilled interpreters of school law, experts at board policy development and vigilant overseers of scarce resources. What’s more, you are expected to function with the other board members as part of a united team.
Furthermore, boards generally adopt local ethical standards, in particular, the outline the behavior board members will be expected to follow during meetings, dealing with district staff, communications with members of the public, and while working with fellow board members. Common examples of board ethics are to be fair and impartial, make no personal promises or take private action that may comprise performance or responsibilities, and not disclose information that is confidential by law or that would harm the district if disclosed. See district policy BBF (LOCAL) and Board Operating Procedures for more information.
A General Election will be held on November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing four (4) School Board Trustees to serve on the Clint ISD School Board.
Superintendent: Can answer questions about how schools are operated as well as questions about school district policies. The superintendent is usually responsible for maintaining the official district board policy manual. The superintendent will also know if there are any candidate workshops are available.
Board officers and experienced trustees: Can also answer questions about how schools are operated and can help you understand the inner workings of a school board.
District policy manual: Is a key tool in understanding the requirements imposed by law upon the school district, as well as the paths the board of trustees has chosen within the discretion permitted the board by state and federal law and regulation.
School districts and regional education service centers: Offer candidate workshops that give you an opportunity to ask questions of local school trustees and superintendents about school board service.