|ABOUT THE BOARD|
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
- adopting district policies
- approving the annual operating budget
- acquiring and disposing of real property for district use
- levying taxes and issuing bonds (after voter approval)
- approving the purchase of goods and services for district use
- employing district personnel
- accepting gifts and donations on behalf of the district
|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, vice president, and treasurer, 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 that chief executive officer.
|SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS|
|Board elections are held in odd numbered years on the second Saturday 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.
|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. Special meetings are called occasionally. Notice of each Board meeting
is posted at the front entrance of the AISD administration building, 7200 I-40 West, at
least 72 hours before the meeting. All Board meetings are open to the public.
Copies of the agenda are available at each meeting. Agenda items might include
recommendations from the Administration for Board action, information items that do not
require Board action, presentations from staff and students, 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
normally 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.|
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