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
Due to precautions related to COVID-19, all public participation in meetings of the Austin ISD Board of Trustees will be held virtually and broadcast on AISD.tv and the Austin ISD Facebook page until further notice.
The AISD Board of Trustees generally meets on the first and fourth Thursday evenings of the month (except July) in the Board Auditorium at Central Office, 4000 S. IH-35 Frontage Road.
Here are the types of board meetings and when they are:
- Information Sessions are the first Thursday of the month; and
- Regular Voting Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month.
NOTE: Check the district calendar for any changes to board meetings.
Information sessions and regular voting 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 & Public Testimony at Regular Voting Meetings
General public comment will take place during Board Information Sessions and may pertain to any issue or topic the public would like to address. Public testimony will be offered via pre-recorded phone messages any time the board is scheduled to take action on an agenda item. Please visit the board meetings page for information on how to provide pubic testimony over the phone.
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.