The Board of Trustees acts as the school district's policy-making body and is the official representative of the people for all public education in Burnet CISD. The Board functions according to state and federal laws, the rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency and the will of the people as expressed in district elections.
The seven-member board, while composed of individuals, acts officially only as a group. No member or group of members acts in the name of the Board unless authorized by the Board. A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. Individual trustees, serving without pay, are elected for three-year terms.
The Board of Trustees holds regular board meetings the third Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room located in the BCISD Administration Building, 208 East Brier. The public is encouraged to attend.
What does the Board of Trustees do?
The seven-member Board of Trustees is Burnet CISD’s policy-making body.
- Set the direction for the district, primarily focusing on the education and well-being of students.
- Translate the needs of students into policies, plans and goals that will be supported by the community.
- Represent the public interest.
- Hire and evaluate the superintendent
- Approve the district's budget
- Approve district personnel decisions
- Establish goals and evaluate outcomes
- Adopt and evaluate policies
- Levy and collect taxes, and issue bonds
- Order elections, canvass returns, declare results, and issue certificates of election as required by law
- Adhere to guidelines and policies mandated by the Texas Education Agency and the U.S. Dept. of Ed.
- Communicate with the community
- Recognize significant student and teacher accomplishments
Who serves on the Board?
Any registered voter who has lived in Texas for one year and in the school district for six months may file for election to the School Board. Trustees are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service. Elections
Members of the Board of Trustees are elected for three-year terms. Annual elections are held the first Saturday in May. Board officers are elected the first meeting following the election. Staggered Election Schedule is as follows:
2018 Place 2, Place 4, and Place 6
2019 Place 1 and Place 5
2020 Place 3 and Place 7Training
The Texas Education Agency, as mandated by House Bill 72 passed in 1984, requires School Board members to participate in annual, state-accredited training. In addition to orientation on the basic responsibilities of School Boards, the trainings include details on school finance, curriculum and legislation. Who can attend Board meetings?
School Board meetings are open to anyone. Individuals may address the Board during the open forum portion of each meeting. How are the meetings conducted?
- The Board observes Robert's Rules of Order during all of its meetings.
- The Board President or Vice President in his absence presides at all meetings.
- A simple majority is required to pass a motion.
- The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees meets in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. How is the Board meeting agenda developed?
The agenda is finalized the week before each Monday meeting and delivered to Board members on the Wednesday preceding the meeting. Agenda Items
The agenda is designed to include citizens' comments, student and staff recognitions, action items and report items.Posting of the Agenda
Agendas are posted 72 hours before meetings on the front door of the Burnet CISD Administration Building and at www.burnetcisd.netClosed Session
A closed executive session notice is placed on the agenda to address the following legally appropriate items:
- Consultation with the Board's attorney on legal issues
- Real property purchases or economic development decisions
- Prospective gifts or donations to the district
- Personnel matters, including employee complaints
- Student discipline
- Security issues
- No voting or polling of votes is allowed in executive session.
What authority do individual Board members have?
The Board's authority is considered to be "body corporate." As a result, no individual has authority outside of a Board meeting.
How do I address the Board?
The trustees represent you in determining what is best for the children attending Burnet CISD schools, and you should feel comfortable expressing your opinions to them. Your input into the direction of Burnet CISD is encouraged and will always be considered by the Board. Interested speakers may request a slot to speak during the open forum portion of the meeting by registering with the superintendent's secretary before the Board meeting begins.
Guidelines for Addressing the Board
Speakers should identify themselves and their affiliation, make their presentations, and identify the desired remedies. Each speaker is allocated three minutes. Speakers should direct their remarks to the entire Board and not to individual Trustees.
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