About the School Board

           
     
Mr. Jim Austin
Board President
About Mr. Austin
             
Ms. McCown
Mrs. Renee' McCown
Board Vice-President
About Mrs. McCown
 

Mr. James Allen
Board Member
About Mr. Allen  
John Betancourt
Mr. John Betancourt

Mr. John Ben Blanchard
Board Member

Mr. Eric Darnell
Board Member
About Mr. Darnell
Mr Scott Flow
Mr. F. Scott Flow
Board Member
About Mr. Flow
 
The seven members of the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees provide an important public service to the Amarillo community and serve without compensation. The Board is the district's policy-making body. Elected by voters residing within the AISD boundaries, the Board functions in accordance with state and federal statutes. The overall purpose of the Board is to set the direction for the operation of the school district. Other duties include:
  • Adopting District policies
  • Approving the annual operating budget for the District
  • Acquiring and disposing of property for district use
  • Levying taxes and issuing bonds (after voter approval)
  • Approving the purchase of goods and services for District use
  • Approving the hiring of District personnel
The Board acts officially only as a committee of the whole. A majority of Board members constitutes a quorum that is needed to transact business. The Board of Trustees elects a president and vice president, and appoints a secretary to serve one-year terms. It selects and employs the superintendent and delegates the responsibility and authority for the operation of the school district to him or her as the chief executive officer.
 
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
Board elections are held in odd numbered years in May. Board members are elected for four-year terms on a rotating basis. Trustees are elected according to an at-large cumulative voting method. This means that each voter has a number of votes equal to the number of trustee positions up for election. Voters may cast their votes in any combination for the candidates. Since they are elected at-large, AISD Board members do not represent a certain geographical area of the District; rather, they each represent all students and all residents of AISD.

To be eligible for school board service, an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have not been convicted of a felony charge

  • Be a resident of Texas and the Amarillo Independent School District

  • Be registered to vote

For more information on school board elections and qualifications for school board members, see policy BBA(LEGAL) or call the AISD Business Office at (806)326-1121.          

 
SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Regular meetings of the Board are held once a month, normally on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Amarillo ISD administration building (Rod Schroder Education Support Center), 7200 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo.  Special meetings are called occasionally. Notice of each Board meeting is posted on the District website and at the front entrance of the AISD administration building, at least 72 hours before the meeting. All Board meetings are open to the public.

Copies of the agenda are available at each meeting and on the website.  As required by state law, all regular Board meetings are now audio- and video-recorded, and the recordings are available on the website (beginning with the January 2016 Board meeting).  Board meeting agenda items might include recommendations from the Administration for Board action, information items that do not require Board action, presentations from staff, students, or community members, and discussion items.

In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, as a part of each meeting the Board may meet privately in closed session to discuss matters related to personnel, student discipline, security, land acquisition, or to consult with legal counsel. No action may be taken during the closed meeting.

 
ADDRESSING THE BOARD
The Board welcomes input from members of the community. A public comments section is scheduled at the beginning of each regular monthly meeting of the Board. Those wishing to address the Board about an item on the agenda or about an issue that is not on the agenda may do so during this section of the meeting. Those wishing to make a public comment are asked to complete a participation request card before the meeting begins. Completed cards are given to the Board President who calls to the podium those wishing to speak. Public comments are limited to three minutes each and the Board is prohibited from entering into a discussion or debate with the speaker unless the public comment is related to an item on the agenda.  Delegations of more than five people should appoint one person to present their views.  For more information, see policy BED(LOCAL).
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Susan Hoyl
Director of Community Relations
susan.hoyl@amaisd.org
806-326-1012

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