Responsibilities of Leadership
Guiding the Austin Independent School District toward excellence is the goal of the nine-member AISD Board of Trustees. As the district's elected leaders, trustees represent community expectations as they chart the direction of educational programs and services and establish the standard by which success is measured.
Trustees employ the superintendent, approve the budget and monitor expenditures, set the tax rate, and may call for a bond or tax rate election. The board also establishes policies for operating the district and ensuring its financial viability.
AISD Board Meetings
The AISD Board of Trustees generally meets on the second and fourth Monday evenings of the month (except July) in the Board Auditorium of the Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St.
Here are the types of board meetings and when they are:
- Work Sessions are the second Monday of the month; and
- Regular Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month.
NOTE: Check the district calendar for any changes to board meetings.
Work sessions and regular meetings are cablecast live on AISD.TV and are periodically re-cablecast. AISD board meetings are open to the public. Within the limits of the Texas Open Meetings Act, however, parts of board meetings, such as consideration of real estate transactions, personnel matters, student hearings and legal matters, may be closed to the public.
Public Comment Policy at Regular Board Meetings
Members of the community are invited to address trustees during the public comment period at regularly scheduled Board meetings. Those who wish to speak during Public Comment may sign up on the Friday before the meeting and on the day of the meeting.
Every regular board meeting includes 70 minutes for public comment. Each speaker is allotted two minutes. This allows up to 30 speakers to address the board about the issue of their choice. Speakers are called in the order in which they signed up. To speak during Public Comment, sign up by phone or in person from 1–4:45 p.m. the Friday before a regular board meeting, and from 7:45 a.m.–7 p.m.* the day of the regular board meeting.
In the event the district is closed on the Friday before a regular board meeting, public comment registration will be the business day prior to the board’s regular meeting that the district is open, in addition to the public comment registration opportunity offered the day of the regular board meeting.
*From 4:45–7 p.m., signup is in person only.
For phone registration sign up, call 512-414-4411. On the day of the board meeting, you can sign up by phone or in the Superintendent's Office (Room A250) during regular business hours of 7:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m. or in the Board Auditorium (Building B Room 100) from 4:45–7 p.m.
Speakers will be asked to provide the following information: The subject to be addressed, speaker’s name, telephone number, and, if applicable, the group or organization the speaker represents. An individual may not sign up for another person, nor can speakers exchange time or yield time to others.
The board may schedule public hearings to gather input on a particular subject.
If you wish to speak during public hearing, you may sign up by phone or in person. You may sign up from 1-4:45 p.m. the Friday before a regular board meeting and 7:45 a.m.–7 p.m.* the day of the regular board meeting. In the event the district is closed on the Friday before a regular board meeting, public hearing registration will be the business day prior to the board’s regular meeting that the district is open, in addition to the public hearing registration opportunity offered the day of the regular board meeting.
*From 4:45–7 p.m., signup is in person only.
For phone registration sign up, call 512-414-4411. You can sign up in the Superintendent's Office (Room A250) during regular business hours of 7:45 a.m–4:45 p.m. or in the Board Auditorium from 4:45–7 p.m. until the beginning of the hearing in the location on the notice of the board hearing as posted.
Speakers will be asked to provide their name and telephone number. No person is permitted to sign up on behalf of another person nor to exchange or yield time to others. There is no limit to the number of speakers who may speak, but the board designates the number of minutes allowed per speaker. If there are fewer than 40 speakers, each speaker will be allotted 2 minutes. For 40 or more speakers, 1.5 minutes are given. The format of hearings is set at the discretion of the board.
Members are elected to a four-year term of office. On a rotating basis, board seats are filled during biannual elections held on the first Tuesday in November. Vacancies are filled by appointment until the next election. Candidates must conform to the eligibility requirements of the Texas Election Code. The president, vice president and secretary are elected by the other members of the board. Trustees provide public service to the Austin community without financial compensation.
District policies are revised as needed to reflect changes in federal or state law, Texas education guidelines and local options. Policies posted online are generally current, however, delays of up to 30 days may occur before newly adopted policies appear.
The Austin ISD Board of Trustees adopts operating procedures to guide the organizational, logistical and role-specific activities related to the work of the board.