About the Board
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 Sam Rayburn ISD. 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 four-year terms on a rotating basis. Elections are conducted on the first Saturday in November. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district as Board members.
The Board of Trustees elects a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer 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. The superintendent advises Board members on all matters concerning school management.
Types of Meetings
The regular business meetings of the Board of Trustees are open to the public and are usually scheduled for 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month in the school library. Occasionally, a regular meeting date is changed, or a special meeting is called; but in all cases notice is given. In crisis situations where immediate action is required, Texas law allows the Board to call an emergency meeting.
In accordance with the Texas Open Meeting Law, the Board has the privilege of meeting privately in a closed meeting to discuss matters related to personnel, student discipline, security, land acquisition or to consult with legal counsel. However, no action may be taken at an executive session.
Addressing the Board
An open forum section is normally designated on the agenda allowing individuals to address the Board. However, those wishing to do so must notify the superintendent seventy-two hours before the meeting. The president then calls to the podium those wishing to speak. Sometimes, if several visitors representing the same viewpoint have requested to speak, the president may ask them to designate one or two persons to speak for the group.
Although Board members may interrupt a speaker to ask questions or to make comments for clarification, state prohibits debate, discussion, deliberation, or action on the subject presented unless it's an agenda item.
Order of Business
Guided by the agenda, the Board discusses and acts upon routine business items. Usually, these items have been discussed and studied at previous meetings, thus allowing the Board to take informed action.
Information and Elections
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For more information about the Board or Sam Rayburn ISD School District, contact the Dr. Cole McClendon, superintendent at:
Sam Rayburn ISD
9363 E FM 273
Ivanhoe, TX 75447
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