School Board Meetings
School board meetings are scheduled to be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the District Board Room (located in the Federal Programs Building), unless there are scheduling conflicts, in which case the meetings would be rescheduled. All community members are encouraged to attend. A copy of board meeting minutes can be obtained at the Administration Office, board agendas are posted on the web.
What Does the School Board Do?
The school board has a wide variety of responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools. Perhaps the most important thing the school board can do is to establish a vision for the community’s schools that reflects a consensus of the board, community and district staff.
What philosophy of education do we want our local schools to have? What should our students know and be able to do when they graduate? How can schools best educate students who come from diverse backgrounds? These are some of the types of questions that the school board must ponder when trying to establish a vision.
Turning Vision Into Practice
Whatever the vision may be, it’s up to the school superintendent to implement it. This is why one of the Board’s most crucial decisions is the selection of the superintendent.
School board meetings are open to the public with the agenda publicly posted on the CISD website, as well as in other locations in advance. Much can be learned about the district’s policies and challenges by attending a meeting. The board meetings are structured to give everyone a chance to express their opinions to the board and the community.