BBD(EXHIBIT) - BOARD MEMBERS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

Exhibit A—Framework for School Board Development

  1. Vision — The board ensures creation of a shared vision that promotes enhanced student achievement.
    • The board keeps the district focus on the educational welfare of all children.
    • The board adopts a shared vision based on community beliefs to guide local education.
    • The board ensures that the vision supports the state's mission, objectives, and goals for education established by law and/or rule.
    • The board ensures that the district's vision expresses the present and future needs of the children and community.
    • The board uses the vision to assess the importance of individual issues that come before the board and demonstrates its commitment to the vision by using the vision to guide all board deliberations, decisions, and actions.
    • Individual board members should not have individual agendas separate and apart from the shared vision.
  2. Structure — The board provides guidance and direction for accomplishing the vision.
    • The board recognizes the respective roles of the legislature, the State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the local board in the governance of the district.
    • The board fulfills the statutory duties of the local board and upholds all laws, rules, ethical procedures, and court orders pertaining to schools and school employees.
    • The board focuses its actions on policy making, planning, and evaluation, and restricts its involvement in management to the responsibility of oversight.
    • The board adopts a planning and decision-making process consistent with state law and/or rule that uses participation, information, research, and evaluation to help achieve the district's vision.
    • The board ensures that the district's planning and decision-making process enables all segments of the community, parents, and professional staff to contribute meaningfully to achieving the district's vision.
    • The board develops and adopts policies that provide guidance for accomplishing the district's vision, mission, and goals.
    • The board adopts a budget that incorporates sound business and fiscal practices and provides resources to achieve the district's vision, mission, and goals.
    • The board adopts goals, approves student performance objectives, and establishes policies that provide a well-balanced curriculum resulting in improved student learning.
    • The board approves goals, policies, and programs that ensure a safe and disciplined environment conducive to learning.
    • The board oversees the management of the district by employing a superintendent and evaluating the superintendent's performance in providing education leadership, managing daily operations, and performing all duties assigned by law and/or rule and in support of the district's vision.
    • The board adopts policies and standards for hiring, assigning, appraising, terminating, and compensating district personnel in compliance with state laws and rules.
  3. Accountability — The board measures and communicates how well the vision is being accomplished.
    • The board ensures progress toward achievement of district goals through a systematic, timely, and comprehensive review of reports prepared by or at the direction of the superintendent.
    • The board monitors the effectiveness and efficiency of instructional programs by reviewing reports prepared by or at the direction of the superintendent and directs the superintendent to make modifications that promote maximum achievement for all students.
    • The board ensures that appropriate assessments are used to measure achievement of all students.
    • The board reports district progress to parents and community in compliance with state laws and regulations.
    • The board reviews district policies for effective support of the district's vision, mission, and goals.
    • The board reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of district operations and use of resources in supporting the district's vision, mission, and goals.
    • The board evaluates the superintendent's performance annually in compliance with state laws and regulations.
    • The board annually evaluates its own performance in fulfilling the board's duties and responsibilities, and the board's ability to work with the superintendent as a team.
  4. Advocacy — The board promotes the vision.
    • The board demonstrates its commitment to the shared vision, mission, and goals by clearly communicating them to the superintendent, the staff, and community.
    • The board ensures an effective two-way communication system between the district and its students, parents, employees, media, and the community.
    • The board builds partnerships with community, business, and governmental leaders to influence and expand educational opportunities and meet the needs of students.
    • The board supports children by establishing partnerships between the district, parents, business leaders, and other community members as an integral part of the district's educational program.
    • The board leads in recognizing the achievements of students, staff, and others in education.
    • The board promotes school board service as a meaningful way to make long-term contributions to the local community and society.
    • The board provides input and feedback to the legislature, State Board of Education, and the Texas Education Agency regarding proposed changes to ensure maximum effectiveness and benefit to the schoolchildren in the district.
  5. Unity — The board works with the superintendent to lead the district toward the vision.
    • The board ensures that its members understand and respect the need to function as a team in governing and overseeing the management of the district.
    • The board develops skills in teamwork, problem solving, and decision making.
    • The board establishes and follows local policies, procedures, and ethical standards governing the conduct and operations of the board.
    • The board understands and adheres to laws and local policies regarding the board's responsibility to set policy and the superintendent's responsibility to manage the district and to direct employees in district and campus matters.
    • The board recognizes the leadership role of the board president and adheres to law and local policies regarding the duties and responsibilities of the board president and other officers.
    • The board adopts and adheres to established policies and procedures for receiving and addressing ideas and concerns from students, parents, employees, and the community.
    • The board makes decisions as a whole only at properly called meetings and recognizes that individual members have no authority to take individual action in policy or district and campus administrative matters.
    • The board supports decisions of the majority after honoring the right of individual members to express opposing viewpoints and vote their convictions.

Adopted by the State Board of Education, January 1996, as authorized by 19 TAC 61.1; revised July 2012.

Exhibit B—Texas Education Agency Letter Regarding Training

Facsimile

Scanned image of Texas Education Agency letter dated October 16, 1995.

Text of Letter

October 16, 1995

Mr. Jimmy W. Williams, Superintendent

Dallas County Schools

612 North Zang Boulevard

Dallas, Texas 75208

Dear Mr. Williams:

You recently sent an inquiry regarding two items in the Texas Education Code (TEC). The items and my response to each item follow.

Item (A) Section 11.159 states school board training is required of independent school district board members. This seems to exempt county school board members from training. Is this a correct interpretation?

Answer: Your interpretation is correct. TEC, Section 11.159 refers only to independent school district trustees. It does not address training requirements for county school board members. However, county school board members are not precluded from participating in training that is suited to the effective disposition of their responsibilities.

Item (B) Is Dallas County Schools required to conduct the education programs as outlined in Section 34.008 (c)(1) through (3)?

Answer: Subsection (a) of Texas Education Code, Section 34.008 states that a board of county school trustees may contract with a transit authority or commercial transportation company for all or part of the district's transportation if the authority or company requires qualified and certified drivers and uses vehicles that satisfy statutory safety requirements. Subsection (c) states that the transit authority or commercial transportation company which contracts under Section 34.008 to provide daily transportation of pre-primary, primary, or secondary students to or from school shall conduct the education programs listed in subsection (c)(1) through (3). The law does not specify that the Dallas County Schools conduct the programs. Rather, it mandates that the transit authority or transportation company conduct the education programs.

I hope these responses address your concerns. If further interpretation is required. Please contact Mr. David Anderson, Chief Counsel for the Legal Division, at (512) 463-9720.

Sincerely,

Mike Moses

Commissioner of Education

Harris County Department of Education

BBD(EXHIBIT)-HCDE

LDU

DATE ISSUED: 2/6/2015