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Questions
1) 

Who is eligible to run for office?

2) 

When are board members elected?

3) 

What are the primary responsibilities of the board?

4) 

How often does the School Board meet?

5) 

What is the procedure for appearing before the board?

6) 

How do I address the board at the meeting?

7) 

What is the difference between the two Open Forum sessions?

8) 

Should I address the board each time I have a concern about the school district?

9) 

How do I find information about administrators and departments on this site?

 
Answers
1)  Q

Who is eligible to run for office?

A

To be eligible to run for office, an individual must have lived in Texas for one year and have been a resident of the district for at least six months.

2)  Q

When are board members elected?

A

Trustees are elected in May to serve four-year staggered terms. Officers are elected at the first meeting following certification of election results.

3)  Q

What are the primary responsibilities of the board?

A

Board members are entrusted with developing policies, governing the management of district schools, setting the tax rate and selecting and evaluating the Superintendent of Schools. The Board may officially act upon an item only when it is listed on the agenda and properly posted.

Duties of the Board include:

• Adopting policy for district and campus-level planning and decision making
• Governing local school matters within the limits of the laws and regulations established by the Texas Commissioner of Education
• Submitting bond issues to be voted upon by residents
• Approving district personnel decisions
• A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum for transaction of business.

4)  Q

How often does the School Board meet?

A

The School Board conducts a work session the second Monday of the month and has its regular meeting, where voting takes place, the fourth Monday of the month. Notices are posted in front of the Administration Building at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Online notices and agendas are posted on this site through BoardDocs, with links on the front page, in the Important Reminders section. The board can call a special or called meeting in between work sessions and meetings. Notices will be posted in advance, and you can check this site for notices as well.

Work sessions begin at 5:00pm. There is a dinner break at 6pm, then the meeting resumes at 7pm. No voting takes place at work sessions. The board discusses action items that will be voted on the following week. The regular board meeting begins at 5:00pm, with staff reports to the board. There is a dinner break at 6pm, then the meeting resumes at 7pm. Voting on action items takes place during this portion of the meeting. If there is no major discussion or debate, it is because that took place at the work session the previous week, and the board has all the information needed to vote. Open Forum sessions take place at regular board meetings, not work sessions.

 

5)  Q

What is the procedure for appearing before the board?

A

The HEB ISD Board of Trustees welcomes public participation. Any person wishing to address the Board at a regular board meeting should complete an "Open Forum" card and return it to the Director of Communications or place it in the "Open Forum" box, located on a table by the boardroom entrance. Persons wishing to speak to the Board about an agenda action item will be called at the appropriate time (Open Forum #1). At the end of the meeting, time will be available for comments regarding a subject not on the agenda (Open Forum #2). All presentations must be five minutes or less. The Board carefully considers all comments, but policy prohibits discussion following a presentation. 

For more information, please contact the HEB ISD Communications Department, (817) 283-4461, ext. 2025.

 

6)  Q

How do I address the board at the meeting?

A

The speaker should identify his or her name and residential address, group affiliation (if any), and make a brief presentation, with an identified solution, if one is sought. Remarks should be addressed to the Board as a whole.

Groups of more than five people who wish to speak on one topic are asked to appoint a spokesperson to present the groups' views to the Board.

7)  Q

What is the difference between the two Open Forum sessions?

A

Each Open Forum deals with a certain portion of the board meeting.

Open Forum #1 - If requesting to speak to an item on an agenda, the Board President will call the person forward prior to the action item portion of the agenda. Comments are limited to five minutes or less.

Open Forum #2 - The second forum is held at the end of the board meeting, and citizens may address the Board on items not listed on the agenda. Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting. Remarks are limited to five minutes or less.

8)  Q

Should I address the board each time I have a concern about the school district?

A

Although Trustees encourage public involvement and listen to citizens' views and problems, patrons are asked to first go through regular schools channels. This may include a visit with a local teacher and/or the principal. Most problems are solved in this manner. Matters which cannot be resolved at the local level may be brought to the attention of appropriate administrative personnel (i.e. assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, superintendent).

 

9)  Q

How do I find information about administrators and departments on this site?

A

You will find information about instructional administrators by clicking on Departments at the top of this page, then clicking on the department you're interested in. You will find the Superintendent's information on this site by clicking on Departments at the top of this page, then on Superintendent's Office.

We encourage you to use the Search box to find other district information.